NPRC People

DR ROSE DE GEUS

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Rose is a postdoctoral researcher at the Nuffield Politics Research Centre and works also with the British Election Study. Her research focuses primarily on the study of elections, voting behaviour and political attitudes. In addition to elections and voting, she is interested in the role of women in politics and women's political attitudes. She previously held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto, Canada and obtained her DPhil at the University of Oxford in July 2017.

PROFESSOR GEOFFREY EVANS, FBA

Professor of the Sociology of Politics and Nuffield Official Fellow in Politics

Geoff's research examines social inequality and political representation, the nature and sources of social divisions in politics, and the relationship between perceptions, values and voting. He is Co-Director of the current British Election Study, and was a member of a previous Nuffield British Election Study team from 1988 to 1999. He has also directed many other political and social surveys across Europe. From 1998 to 2017 he edited the journal Electoral Studies. 

DR ELENI KECHAGIA-OVSEIKO

Senior Tutor

Eleni joined Nuffield in 2013 as the College’s first professional Senior Tutor. She provides support to the Centre within her wider support and development contribution to the College. There Eleni is responsible for managing the College’s academic operation, including student admissions, academic and post-doctoral appointments, and academic administration. Eleni studied Classics and Ancient Philosophy at the Universities of Thessaloniki (BA and Masters) and Oxford (DPhil).

DR DAVID LEVY

Project Director

David will be helping connect the Centre’s research with policymakers and a wider audience through initiatives such as Westminster Bridge. He was Director of the Reuters Institute from 2008-2018, where he is now a Senior Research Associate. He previously worked at the BBC, as Controller, Public Policy, as a reporter on File on 4 and Newsnight, and as Editor of Analysis on Radio 4. He was a Board member of the UK Statistics Authority from 2012-2019 and of the Ofcom Content Board from 2011-17.

RALUCA PAHONTU

Research Assistant

Raluca is a political economist exploring the causes and consequences of inequality, the ways in which individuals’ risk profiles influence their insurance demand, support for the welfare state and left-wing parties. In her work, she relies on historical, spatial and administrative data, as well as long-run individual panel data and newly collected and assembled electoral data from the United States and Europe. A related research agenda explores, from a “top-down” perspective, the effects of institutional settings on inequality and subsequent policy outputs. She is currently a DPhil candidate in Politics at Nuffield College.

DR BARBARA PIOTROWSKA

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Barbara supports funding applications and wider developments within the Centre, and is also a researcher at the Blavatnik School of Government, and an Associate Member of Nuffield College. Her research concentrates on the operation of bureaucracies and the incentive structures they use. Her doctoral research investigates authoritarian survival and the workings of a particular authoritarian bureaucracy:  the East German Ministry for State Security (the Stasi). Barbara holds a PhD and an MA in Political Science from the University of Rochester and an MSc in Economics and a BSc in Government and Economics, both from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

SARA REBECCHI

Administrative and Research Support Officer

Sara joined the Nuffield Academic Office in 2018. She provides administrative support to Centre, the Centre Director, and the Fellows of the College. Prior to Nuffield, Sara worked as Project Manager for Higher Education Institutions and NGOs in Italy and Central America. She holds a MA in International Cooperation and Development from the University of Bologna.

FLORIAN SCHAFFNER

Research Assistant

Florian is a doctoral candidate in politics at Balliol College and the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford. He studies the determinants and consequences of citizens’ perceptions of elections and popular votes - initiatives and referendums - using surveys, experiments and quantitative text analysis. 

SIMONA SULIKOVA

Research Assistant

Simona is a DPhil student at the Transport Studies Unit and Institute for New Economic Thinking. Simona is working with the Centre to develop geographic geospatial data linked with local contextual data. Her DPhil research explores the effectiveness of policies encouraging people to walk and cycle more for the purposes of travel. She is particularly interested in reducing carbon emissions, and improving people’s physical health. To do this she combines economic theory, statistical analysis of panel data, and spatial analysis at small scales. She holds a BA in Land Economy from the University of Cambridge, and an MPhil in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford.