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Professor in the School of Government and International AffairsSE115, Southend House+44 (0) 191 33 45881
Fellow in the Durham Research Methods Centre  
Member of the Centre for Institutions and Political Behaviour  


Nick joined Durham University in 2010 as Lecturer in Quantitative Social Research and became Professor of Politics in 2018. He received his PhD in Political Science from the London School of Economics in 2010. During 2008 he was also a Visiting Researcher at Stanford University.

Nick uses quantitative (and often experimental) methods to study political behaviour, accountability and representation, particularly in the United Kingdom. He serves on the Editorial Board of the journal Electoral Studies. He is a founding member of the Centre for Institutions and Political behaviour at Durham University. 

Nick welcomes enquiries regarding PhD supervision in the areas of British and comparative politics, electoral behaviour and legislative politics. He is particularly interested in supervising candidates interested in carrying out rigorous empirical research. 

Current and past research grants:

  • Issue Opinion and Democratic Politics in Britain (£45,048 Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship).

  • Causes and Consequences of Electoral Violence: Evidence from England and Wales 1832-1914 (£504,077 from the ESRC/AHRC). Patrick Kuhn (PI), Gidon Cohen and Nick Vivyan.

  • Reducing Turnout Misreporting Through Contextualization (£10,000.00 from the British Academy). Nick Vivyan (PI) and Patrick Kuhn.

  • What Do Voters Want From their Parliamentary Representatives?
    (€106,000 from Austrian National Bank). Markus Wagner (PI) and Nick Vivyan.

  • Estimating Constituency Opinion in Britain (£115,433 from the ESRC). Nick Vivyan (PI) and Chris Hanretty.

  • Voter Approval of the Activities of Members of Parliament (£9,900 from The British Academy). Nick Vivyan (PI) and Markus Wagner.

Research interests

  • Public Opinion and Elections
  • Legislative Politics
  • British Politics
  • Political Economy
  • Quantitative Methods

Research groups

  • Institutions and Political Behaviour


Chapter in book

  • Vivyan, Nick (2014). Attention-seeking constituents? How voters want MPs to spend their time. In Sex, Lies & the Ballot Box: 50 things you need to know about British elections. Cowley, Philip & Ford, Robert London: Biteback Publishing.

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Supervision students