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School of Politics and International Relations

Dr Elizabeth Simon, BA (Warwick), MSc (Southampton); PhD (Southampton)


Postdoctoral Researcher in British Politics

Room Number: Graduate Centre GC609
Twitter: @elizabeth_sim0n


Elizabeth is a Postdoctoral Researcher in British Politics. She is based in the Mile End Institute and Queen Mary’s School of Politics and International Relations, which she joined in December 2022, after completing a PhD at the University of Southampton.

Elizabeth’s research interests extend broadly across the topic of political behaviour, public opinion and attitudinal formation. She is currently working on a number of projects that consider how educational attainment and other key socio-demographic variables (including age, housing tenure and geographical location), inequalities and identity formation impact the ways individuals think and vote in Britain today. 


Research Interests:

Electoral behaviour, educational attainment, public opinion, attitudinal formation, identity politics, inequalities, quantitative methods

Examples of research funding:

Awarded a Queen Mary Impact Fund Grant (with Prof. Patrick Diamond and Dr Karl Pike) in February 2023 for collaborative work with Centre for London on a data analysis, research dissemination and public policy engagement project focussing on Londoners’ wellbeing.


Simon, E. (2023) Last Word: The Politics of Britain’s Educational Divide. Political Insight, 14(2): 40-40. DOI: 10.1177/20419058231181292

Simon, E. (2022) Explaining the educational divide in electoral behaviour: testing direct and indirect effects from British elections and referendums 2016–2019. Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, 32(4): 980-1000. DOI: 10.1080/17457289.2021.2013247

Simon, E. (2022Demystifying the link between higher education and liberal values: A within-sibship analysis of British individuals’ attitudes from 1994–2020The British Journal of Sociology73(5): 967-984. DOI: 10.1111/1468-4446.12972.

Kanagasooriam, J. and Simon, E. (2021) Red Wall: The definitive description. Political Insight, 12(3): 8-11. DOI: 10.1177/20419058211045127.

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