WDSS: Political Polarization - PhD supervised project

Political Polarization - PhD supervised project
  • WDSS
  • Coventry, UK (Remote)
  • Temporary

Take part in this project supervised by a current PhD student, getting a first-hand research experience in an academic setting and supercharging your CV with real-world experience. More details about the Summer Research Projects scheme can be found on our info website.

The final product will be published on WDSS's research blog.

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Project Overview

Build on the ideas from Draca & Schwarz (2020) and update their analysis of political polarization to incorporate the most recent data. As a final product, the aim is to update analyses done with unsupervised learning in survey data aiming at measuring citizens political polarization.


  • Build on the ideas from Draca & Schwarz (2020) and update their analysis to incorporate the most recent data from the World Values Survey and the European Values Survey
  • Explore alternatives to the data handling decisions made on the aforementioned paper

Role Responsibilities

  • Review the paper paper and related literature
  • Gather more recent data and understand how different sources would be incorporated
  • Run the updated analysis
  • Write a short summary of the project for publication purposes on WDSS blog or for submission to a magazine such as Significance

Candidate Attributes

  • A passion for the project and, preferably, interdisciplinary data science in general
  • Self-starting attitude with willingness to research and problem-solve independently
  • Ability to work well in a team and clearly communicate your ideas
  • Strong time-management and organisational skills.
  • Coding expertise (current or potential) sufficient for the completion of the project (preferably R)

How to Apply

  • Use the application button on this page to fill in the form where you should attach your CV and any other sources you think are relevant for the role (e.g. GitHub profile for a coding role) as well as answering two further questions in which you should demonstrate your motivation and suitbility for the project.
  • You may be contacted by WDSS to further discuss your fit for the role
  • Results to be announced by the end of term 3 (Saturday 3 July 2021)
  • You can apply for more than one project

Job Overview

  • Location : Coventry, UK (Remote)
  • Start date : 05 July 2021
  • Application start : 15 May 2021
  • Application end : 21 June 2021

You can find the full application details in the job listing.

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