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Dr. Siim Trumm is a Senior Lecturer in Politics in the Department of Political and Cultural Studies. He gained his Ph.D. at the University of Exeter, exploring the voting dynamics in the post-2004 European Parliament. Previously, he had obtained his B.A. in Politics and M.A. in International Relations at the University of Nottingham.

Dr. Trumm is currently working on various areas of comparative political behaviour and electoral democracy. His research interests include legislative behaviour and parliamentary representation, effectiveness of electoral campaigns, political participation, intra-party politics, European Union, and the politics of new democracies. He has conducted several elite surveys, for example, the 2015 Estonian Candidate Survey and the 2011 MEP Survey.

Dr. Trumm held a visiting position at the Australian National University in 2013. He is a member of the cross-national Comparative Candidate Survey project, European Political Science Association, and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has also worked extensively on the Voter Survey component of the 2009 European Election Study.

Areas of Expertise

  • Parliamentary politics
  • Legislative behaviour
  • Party politics
  • Electoral politics
  • Governance and public policy
  • European Union politics
  • New democracies


  1. & What does it take to make it to the polling station? The effects of campaign activities on electoral participation. Party Politics
  2. What Does It Take to Get Elected in a Post-Communist Democracy?: Explaining the Success and Failure of Parliamentary Candidates in Estonia. East European Politics & Societies 30(1), 169-188.
  3. Voting Procedures and Parliamentary Representation in the European Parliament. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies 53(5), 1126-1142.
  4. & From parliamentary pay to party funding: The acceptability of informal institutions in advanced democracies. European Journal of Political Research 53(4), 784-802.
  5. & Towards an organisational perspective on party funding: Explaining financial transfers from MEPs to their national parties. European Journal of Political Research 52(2), 237-263.


  • PO-UX00 Introduction to British and European Politics

    This module, provided as the first component of an internship exchange for students from the Department of Government at the University of Texas Austin, aims to provide students with an understanding of British and European political and policy processes. The first module will provide students with a background understanding of British and EU politics. First, the module will outline the core institutions and political arrangements in the UK. This will include discussion about the Westminster system, political parties, how legislation is made and reforms that have been undertaken in recent years to the system. Next, the module will look at EU politics and political institutions. As with the UK system, the lectures in this section will look at key institutions in the EU, how legislation is made and the history of European integration. Finally, the module will take a holistic view of politics and public policy in a multi-level governance setting such as Europe, spending time considering the actors and institutions that go into crafting the system.

  • PO-UX01 Internship in British/European Politics

    During this module, students will be placed in relevant directorates general, ministries, arms-length bodies or other organisations closely tied to the policy process, depending on their areas of interest. These placements can be arranged regionally, with students placed in different Welsh ministries, in other UK and non-UK regions, nationally in London or at the EU level in Brussels. Organisations that have agreed in principle include: ¿ Members of the National Assembly of Wales (AMs) ¿ Members of the UK House of Commons (MPs) ¿ Welsh Conservative Party ¿ Plaid Cymru ¿ Scottish National Party ¿ Welsh Nationalism Foundation ¿ Institute of Welsh Affairs ¿ European Free Alliance ¿ Bloc Nationalista Galicia ¿ Esquerra Republica Catalunya ¿ Welsh Higher Education Brussels Other organisations and placements may also be possible.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Deputy Exams Officer - Department of Cultural and Political Studies

    2015 - Present

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2012 2015 Teacher in Parliamentary Affairs and Political Analysis University of Sheffield
2010 2011 Early Career Researcher University of Exeter