Daniel Devine


My name’s Dan Devine, and I’m an ESRC PhD researcher at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Southampton. I am also a Research Fellow on the TrustGov project, based between Southampton and Harvard.

I did my undergraduate at the University of Essex, and have since worked at the University of Iceland, Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), the Institute for Government, and as a consultant researcher at the Open Society European Policy Institute. I have been a visiting scholar at the Centre for Political Research, KU Leuven, Belgium (2017) and a visiting researcher at the GESIS-Eurolab in Cologne (2018).

I specialise in comparative European politics, British politics and quantitative methods. Substantively, I focus on the causes and consequences of public opinion and political attitudes, particularly related to government legitimacy and the policy process. I am more generally interested in political participation, democratic engagement and public policy. I do this mostly through quantitative methods, and in particular use time series and multilevel modelling and have interests in methods for causal inference, such as instrumental variables and regression discontinuity.

My research has so far been published in the British Journal of Political Science, West European Politics, and The Political Quarterly. Non-peer reviewed research has been published by the British Academy and the Institute for Government. 

You can follow me on Twitter here, where I mostly talk about research and politics things, as well as my two football teams, Colchester United and Portsmouth. You can contact me on D.J.Devine@Soton.ac.uk.