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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. Sudulich, L., Trumm, S., Trumm, S. What does it take to make it to the polling station? The effects of campaign activities on electoral participation Party Politics
  2. Trumm, S., Trumm, S. 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. Trumm, S. Voting Procedures and Parliamentary Representation in the European Parliament JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies 53 5 1126 1142
  4. Bolleyer, N., Trumm, S. From parliamentary pay to party funding: The acceptability of informal institutions in advanced democracies European Journal of Political Research 53 4 784 802
  5. Bolleyer, N., Trumm, S., Banducci, S. 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

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