Quantitative Research Associate
Cardiff University

Stuart provides quantitative research expertise and support to projects throughout the Civil Society Research Centre, as well as develop links between those projects and work with colleagues to exploit new research opportunities from the overlap between the Centre’s extensive research portfolio.

Stuart graduated from the University of West England in 2009 with a BA (Hons) in Politics, before moving to Nottingham University to complete a Masters Degree in Political Research. He then completed his PhD in Politics, studying the political apathy and alienation of young people in Britain and the effect of each on their political and civic participation, also at the University of Nottingham before moving to join WISERD in July 2015.

Research Interests

  • The political and civic participation and engagement of young people
  • The causes, consequences and manifestations of political alienation and apathy
  • The effect of social evolution – including changes in social capital and post-materialism – on civic and political engagement
  • British politics
  • Political participation

Current Research

In addition to supporting projects within the Civil Society Research Centre, his current research builds on that developed in his PhD thesis, which studied a) the political participation of British Millennials, b) their political alienation and apathy, and c) the generational distinctiveness of the Millennials in terms of each. The study developed novel definitions, conceptualisations and measures of political participation, apathy and alienation, and challenged the conventional wisdom that today’s young people constitute a distinctly alienated cohort, transforming the boundaries of political participation through their embrace of alternative forms of political activity (such as Internet participation) as a substitute for more institutional and traditional forms. Rather, his thesis suggests that in the Millennials we are looking at the most politically apathetic generation in the history of British survey research, whose apathy is reflected in their unprecedented reluctance to participate in politics throughout various arenas of political life – including the electoral political process and the politics of their community. Moreover, the Millennials were also shown to be the least alienated generation in the British electorate, having a greater faith in their ability to influence political processes, and in the integrity of the political system and the actors within it, than their elders.

Following on from this study, his current research focusses on how ‘political alienation’ can be defined and measured, its effect on political and civic participation, and what its relationship with social capital and forms of social alienation might be. It also examines how and why the Millennials are so distinctive from previous generations in terms of their low levels of political and civic participation, as well as their unusually low levels of political alienation, and unusually high levels of political apathy.

Young People and the EU Referendum
This project is a study of young people’s attitudes towards and engagement with the EU referendum campaign. Using data from a dedicated UK-wide survey of under 30s and a wide range of publicly available data and academic research we will address four key themes. These are ex
Research Team:
Stuart Fox (Cardiff University), Sioned Pearce (Cardiff University)
Young People and Brexit
How are young people responding to Brexit, and how does it affect their political engagement? Young People & Brexit is an interdisciplinary study of how young people in the UK feel about and are responding to the most significant policy issue of this Parliament: the UK’s exi
Research Team:
Stuart Fox (Cardiff University), Rhys Jones (Aberystwyth University), Sioned Pearce (Cardiff University), Elin Royles (Aberystwyth University), Dyfan Powel (Aberystwyth University)