Ralph joined WISERD as a Postdoctoral Fellow in September 2022, working with Prof Melanie Jones and Prof Nigel O’Leary on the Identity and Civic Divides project.

He recently completed his PhD in Politics at the University of Manchester, in which he estimated the effect of attending university on political values, through analysis of longitudinal data. In addition to his role at WISERD he is a Research Associate on the British Election Study.

Prior to his doctoral studies, he pursued a career in research and policy, including roles at Teach First, The Challenge and at the think-tank Demos.

Current WISERD Projects: Identity and Civic Divides

He is interested in the effect of education on an individual’s political socialisation and development, and the consequences this has for social attitudes and political behaviour in the aggregate. His wider research interests include the formation and measurement of political values more generally, as well as related questions around political representation and inequality. Methodologically, he is interested in longitudinal and panel data analysis, including methods appropriate for causal inference.

His doctoral research consisted of analysis of longitudinal data, including the 1970 British Cohort Study and the British Election Study Internet Panel, to both identify the effect of university on political values and determine the possible mechanisms that might explain this. An empirical paper drawn from his thesis was recently published in the peer-reviewed journal Electoral Studies.