Nick Vivyan

Political Scientist

I am a political scientist based at the School of Government and International Affairs, Durham University. There I am a Professor of Politics, as well as Deputy Director (and a founding member) of the Centre for Institutions and Political Behaviour. I have been based at Durham since 2010, the year in which I graduated from the PhD Political Science programme at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

In my research I study public opinion, representation and accountability, with a particular (though by no means exclusive) focus on British politics. I examine what voters want from their political representatives and why, as well as the extent to which elections allow voters to get what they want. I often use quantitative and experimental methods to study these topics, and some of my research focuses more specifically on improving the measurement and understanding of public opinion.

At Durham I teach undergraduate and postgraduate modules on a variety of topics, including legislative politics, electoral politics and quantitative methods.

On this site you'll find some further information on my research and teaching. If you want to contact me, my email is