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I have arrived at Swansea University from the University of Exeter where I held a position of a Lecturer in Quantitative Social Sciences. I also hold a PhD in Politics from the University of Nottingham.

My research interests include political participation and representation of under-represented groups such as women, ethnic and religious minorities in Western democracies, especially in Britain. I am also interested in how identity-based predictors shape the political attitudes and behaviours of political elites and members of public. I predominantly use quantitative and mixed methods methodologies in my research and apply them to analyse survey and text data.

My teaching and supervision overlap with my research interest and are informed by my previous and current research.

Areas of Expertise

  • political representation
  • legislative behavior
  • parliamentary studies
  • minority studies
  • political participation
  • elections and voting
  • quantitative methods
  • British politics


  1. Kolpinskaya, E., Fox, S. Praying on Brexit? Unpicking the Effect of Religion on Support for European Union Integration and Membership JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies
  2. Kolpinskaya, E., Katz, G., Banducci, S., Stevens, D., Coan, T. Mandates matter: how decisive victories enhance expectations about government performance Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties 1 20
  3. Kolpinskaya, E. Substantive Religious Representation in the UK Parliament: Examining Parliamentary Questions for Written Answers, 1997–2012 Parliamentary Affairs 70 1 111 131
  4. Danilova, N., Kolpinskaya, E. The politics of heroes through the prism of popular heroism British Politics 1 23
  5. Kolpinskaya, E. Does religion count for religious parliamentary representation? Evidence from Early Day Motions The Journal of Legislative Studies 22 1 129 152

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  • PO-M25 Dissertation

    Individual research based, under the guidance of appointed supervisor.


  • Electoral Context is King: Variance in Polling Error (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Matthew Wall

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2017 Present Lecturer in Comparative Politics Swansea University
2016 2017 Lecturer in Quantitative Social Sciences University of Exeter
2014 2016 Associate Lecturer/Research Fellow in Quantitative Methods University of Exeter
2011 2014 PT Tutor in Politics University of Nottingham

External Responsibilities

  • Academic Support Worker for students with learning difficulties, Academic Support, University of Nottingham

    2011 - 2014

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