Edmund Kelly

BA (Oxon)

Research Topic:

Explaining political trust and its consequences for democracy.
Government and Politics Network
Harris Manchester College
DPhil Politics

I am a DPhil (PhD) student working primarily in the fields of public opinion, political behaviour and political psychology. My doctoral research focuses on political trust. I am trying to explain the factors that influence how much trust we place in democratic institutions and politicians, and whether political trust affects how we think about and participate in politics.

I hold an ESRC Advanced Quantitative Methods scholarship, and I use a range of quantitative methods from different disciplines. For my MSc thesis, I used several twin studies to test the psychological background to political trust and its relationship with political engagement.