About Me

I am a quantitative researcher currently based at the London School of Economics (LSE) as a Fellow in Quantitative Methodology. Formerly, I was Deputy Head of Insight and Data at the UK Liberal Democrats, a Research Associate at the University of Sheffield Methods Institute, and a Teaching Fellow in Quantitative Methods at the University of Warwick.

My expertise is in behavioural social and political science, using quantitative and experimental research methods. I received my PhD in political science from the University of Kent in 2019. Before that, I received a Research Masters (MRes) from the University of Nottingham and a BSc in Politics and Economics from the University of Bath. I have also taught a number of modules on quantitative methods and survey design at the universities of Warwick, Kent, Sheffield, and the LSE.

My academic research has focused on understanding social and political behaviour and attitudes. My research has been published in a number of international peer-reviewed journals.

I have also helped develop major online impact projects that aim to improve the availability of political information – the voting information centre Democratic Dashboard and the election communications project OpenElections.

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Feel free to get in touch via email at j.h.townsley@lse.ac.uk.