Albert Ward

Research Topic:

The Politics of Local Attachment
Government and Politics Network
St Peter's College
DPhil Politics

I am a DPhil (PhD) candidate in politics at St Peter's College and the DPIR, where I focus mainly on political behaviour and public opinion. My doctoral research looks at the political effects of attachment to place, particularly on how we participate in politics, and how we evaluate social groups and candidates, using panel studies, census data and experiments.

Before coming to Oxford, I completed an MSc in Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics. I have also worked in research and related roles for Labour Members of Parliament in the UK, and for local government.


  • I am a stipendiary lecturer at Jesus College
  • I teach tutorials for Political Sociology (UG); Practice of Politics Prelims (UG) and Comparative Government (UG)
  • I have been a graduate teaching assistant for Q-Step 1 labs (UG)
  • I have taught PPE tutorials for the Oxford UNIQ summer school


Most of my work involves observational surveys and experiments. My research interests include:

  • Political sociology
  • Social / political psychology
  • Electoral behaviour
  • Local politics
  • Political geography


Awards and scholarships

  • Black Heart Foundation Scholarship (2021–2024)
  • Institute for Humane Studies Fellowship (2024)
  • Institute for Humane Studies Research grant (2024)


Previous posts

In addition to teaching, I work as a researcher on different projects here at the University.


Policy reports

  • Madders, et al. (2020), 'Labour’s Northern Soul — How Labour Can Rebuild the Red Wall Across the North', London: Labour for the North.