About Me

I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham (UK), where I research political behaviour and elections. Formerly, I was Deputy Head of Insight and Data at the UK Liberal Democrats (2019-20), and a Teaching Fellow at the University of Warwick (2018-19).

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. My methodological expertise is in quantitative and experimental research, and I have taught a number of modules on statistics and survey design at the universities of Warwick, Kent, and Sheffield.

My academic research on elections and political behaviour has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Electoral Studies, Political Science Research and Methods, Political Studies, Parliamentary Affairs, the Journal of Experimental Political Science, and Acta Politica.

I have also helped develop major impact projects designed to improve political information and transparency – the voting information website Democratic Dashboard (2017-20) and the University of Nottingham’s citizen science project OpenElections (2019-).

Feel free to get in touch via email at joshua.townsley@nottingham.ac.uk.