Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Dr David Cutts

David Cutts

Reader in Political ScienceBSc, MSc, PhD
Director of Studies MRes Politics and International Studies

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Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 6243


Dr David Cutts joined the Department in September 2012 as a Senior Lecturer in Political Science.  He has recently been promoted to Reader. He has a PhD from the University of Bristol.

He is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Institute of Social Change at the University of Manchester.

During his eight years in the University of Manchester, Dr Cutts was awarded a prestigious Simon Research Fellowship before becoming a Research Fellow (and later a Senior Research Fellow) in the Institute for Social Change.

He was Director of Postgraduate Research in the Institute for Social Change from September 2009.

He was also part of the Harvard and Manchester joint research programme aimed at studying changes in social cohesion and social capital in the US and the UK.

His specific areas of interest include political and civic engagement, party and political campaigning, electoral behaviour and party politics, party competition, the new media, ethnic minority political integration, right wing extremism, social capital and social cohesion and methods for modelling political behaviour and public opinion.

Dr Cutts has secured a number of externally funded research grants and has published numerous articles in world leading journals including the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, the Canadian Journal of Political Science, European Journal of Political Research and the British Journal of Political Science.

He teaches British politics on the undergraduate programme including a third year unit in Elections and Voters and contributes to units at postgraduate level. Dr Cutts is also responsible for the undergraduate dissertation module.

Research interests

Dr Cutts main research interests focus on the role of geographical and contextual effects on political and civic behaviour and include: 

  • Geographical and contextual effects in voting and attitudes
  • Political and civic engagement and participation
  • Electoral campaigns and party campaignin
  • British electoral and party politics
  • Research design and methods for modelling political and electoral behaviour
  • Ethnic minority political integration
  • Right wing extremism


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