Associate Fellow, Europe Programme
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David Cutts is a professor in Political Science in the University of Birmingham. He previously worked at the University of Manchester and the University of Bath. After being awarded a prestigious Simon Research Fellowship in the University of Manchester, he became a senior research fellow in the Institute for Social Change and was part of the Harvard and Manchester initiative examining changes in social cohesion in the US and the UK.

His specific areas of interest include political and civic engagement, party and political campaigning, electoral and voting behaviour, populism and right-wing extremism in Europe and advanced quantitative methods/statistical modelling of political behaviour. He has secured numerous externally funded research grants and has more than seventy scholarly publications.

Professor Cutts disseminates his work widely and has published numerous articles for newspapers, political magazines/political blogs, appeared widely on radio and TV and has widespread experience of working with non-academic stakeholders.


  • Voting and electoral behaviour
  • Party politics and campaign effects
  • Advanced quantitative methods/statistical modelling of political behaviour and public opinion
  • Populism and extremism in Europe
  • Political and civic engagement


2017 -Professor of Political Science, University of Birmingham
2012-17Senior Lecturer, then Reader in Political Science, University of Bath
2007-12Research Fellow, then Senior Research Fellow, University of Manchester


Broadcast experience

Extensive – TV and radio


  • Workable knowledge of French and German (not for broadcast)
  • 'Defeat of the People’s Army? The 2015 British General Election and the UK Independence Party (UKIP)', with Goodwin, M. and Milazzo, C., Electoral Studies (2017) 
  • 'District Level Explanations for Supporter Involvement in Political Parties: The Importance of Electoral Factors', with Fisher, J., Cutts, D. and Fieldhouse, E., Party Politics (2017)
  • 'Shared partisanship, household norms and turnout: testing a relational theory of electoral participation', with Fieldhouse, E., British Journal of Political Science (2016)
  • 'Economic Losers, Protestors, Islamophobes or the Same Old Xenophobes? Predicting Public Support for a 'Counter-Jihad Movement', with Goodwin, M. and Janta-Lipinski, L., Political Studies 64(1): pp4-26 (2016)
  • 'Measuring the quality of politicians elected by gender quotas – are they any different?' with Allen, P. and Campbell, R. Political Studies, 64(1): pp143-163 (2016)