Professor David Cutts joined the Department in February 2017 as a Professor in Political Science. He previously worked at the University of Manchester and the University of Bath. He has a PhD from the University of Bristol. Professor Cutts is also an Associate Fellow of Chatham House on the Europe Programme.
During his eight years in the University of Manchester, Professor 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 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. He was also Director of Postgraduate Research in the Institute for Social Change. At the University of Bath, Professor Cutts coordinated the Masters (MRes) Research in Politics, led the undergraduate dissertation program for four years and fulfilled many research administrative roles in the department.
His specific areas of interest include political and civic engagement, party and political campaigning, electoral and voting behaviour, geographical and contextual effects on political and civic behaviour, party politics, public opinion and party competition, the new/social media, ethnic minority political integration, right wing extremism, social capital and social cohesion, advanced quantitative/statistical methods and modelling political behaviour and public opinion.
Professor Cutts has secured a number of externally funded research grants and has more than seventy scholarly articles (including book chapters) with a number in world leading journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, the British Journal of Political Science, European Journal of Political Research, the Canadian Journal of Political Science, and Political Behavior to name but a few.
Professor Cutts disseminates his work widely and has published numerous articles for newspapers (The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Times etc.), current affairs/political magazines (The New Statesman etc.) and political blogs (E-International Relations, Huffington Post, LSE blog, Democratic Audit, UK in a Changing Europe etc.) and appeared widely on radio and TV (including Radio 4 Today; The World at the Weekend, The Politics Show, BBC Parliament, BBC Inside-Out etc.). He has widespread experience of working with non-academic stakeholders including the Electoral Commission; Joseph Rowntree Foundation; the Equality and Human Rights Commission; the Scottish Executive/Government in Holyrood; Libraries and Archives and Museum Council; to name but a few.