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Thomas Loughran is a Leverhulme Research Fellow on the Votes at 16 Project - a 2 year project exploring the debates around lowering the voting age to 16.  He joined Huddersfield in May 2018. Prior to this he was a Lecturer in Electoral Politics at University of Manchester where he worked on the Social Complexity of Immigration and Diversity Project (SCID) and the British Election Study (BES).  Tom received his PhD from University of Manchester in 2016 for a comparative analysis of the influence of political values on voting in 15 European Countries. He is primarily a quantitative researcher with a particular interest in long term political cultural change.

Research Expertise and Interests

My main research interests are primarily related to electoral politics.  My research has a particular focus on political attitudes and values, and how they vary across time and political context.  I am increasingly interested in inter-generational politics and how political institutions such as parties and electoral systems respond to values divisions between generations.

I am primarily a quantitative researcher with particular experience in survey methodology, advanced quantitative analysis and innovative approaches to measuring the relationship between political attitudes and voting preferences.  I also have experience of working with Agent Based Simulation models and contextual data.

Research Degree Supervision

I am willing to support students working on any aspect of electoral politics or who are interested in using a primarily quantitative approach to political analysis.   My particular expertise and interests are in;

-The debate around the voting age.

-Political value divides.

-Long term change in electoral politics.

-Intergenerational politics.

-Comparative data analysis.

-New political cleavages.

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Research Output

Understanding the Policy Drivers and Effects of Voting Age Reform

Mycock, A., Loughran, T. & Tonge, J., 6 Jan 2020, Lowering the Voting Age to 16: Learning from Real Experiences Worldwide. Eichhorn, J. & Bergh, J. (eds.). 1 ed. Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., p. 43-63 21 p. (Palgrave Studies in Young People and Politics).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Disruptive Norms - Assessing the impact of ethnic minority immigration on non-immigrant voter turnout using a complex model

    Loughran, T., Fieldhouse, E., Lessard-Phillips, L. & Lee, B., 18 Mar 2019, In : Social Science Computer Review.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • The Voter-Model – a long description

    Loughran, T., Lessard-Phillips, L., Fieldhouse, E. & Edmonds, B., 1 Nov 2015

    Research output: Book/ReportOther report

    Open Access