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BU academics publish report 10 days after the 2024 UK General Election

We are very pleased to announce the publication of UK Election Analysis 2024: Media, Voters and the Campaign, edited by Daniel Jackson, Katy Parry, Emily Harmer, Darren Lilleker, Julie Firmstone, Scott Wright, and Einar Thorsen.
It features several contributions from BU academics.
Featuring 101 contributions from over 130 leading academics and emerging scholars, this free publication captures the immediate thoughts, reflections and early research insights on the 2024 UK General Election from the cutting edge of media and politics research.
Published just 10 days after the election, these contributions are short and accessible. Authors provide authoritative analysis of the campaign, including research findings or new theoretical insights; to bring readers original ways of understanding the election and its consequences. Contributions also bring a rich range of disciplinary influences, from political science to cultural studies, journalism studies to geography.
The publication is available as a free downloadable PDF, as a website and as a paperback report.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Democracy and representation
1. Public anxiety and the electoral process (Prof Barry Richards)
2. How Nigel Farage opened the door to No. 10 for Keir Starmer (Prof Pippa Norris)
3. The performance of the electoral system (Prof Alan Renwick)
4. Tory downfall is democracy rectifying its mistakes (Prof Stephen Barber)
5. Votes at 16 and decent citizenship education could create a politically aware generation (Dr Ben Kisby, Dr Lee Jerome)
6. “An election about us but not for us”: the lack of communication for young people during GE2024 (Dr James Dennis)
7. Election timing: masterstroke or risky gamble? (Prof Sarah Birch)
8. The dog that didn’t bark? Electoral integrity and administration from voter ID to postal votes (Prof Alistair Clark)
9. A political gamble? How licit and illicit betting permeated the campaign (Dr Matthew Wall)
10. Ethnic diversity in politics is the new normal in Britain (Prof Maria Sobolewska)
11. Bullshit and Lies on the campaign trail: do party campaigns reflect the post-truth age? (Prof Darren Lilleker)
12. Stoking the culture wars: the risks of a more hostile form of polarised politics (Dr Jen Birks)
Voters, polls and results
13. Forecasting a multiparty majoritarian election with a volatile electorate (Dr Hannah Bunting)
14. The emerging infrastructure of public opinion (Dr Nick Anstead)
15. A moving target? Voter segmentation in the 2024 British General Election (Prof Rosie Campbell)
16. Don’t vote, it only encourages them? Turnout in the 2024 Election (Prof Charles Pattie)
17. Cartographic perspectives of the 2024 General Election (Prof Benjamin Hennig)
18. Gender and vote choice: early reflections (Dr Ceri Fowler)
19. Changing Pattern amongst Muslim voters: the Labour Party, Gaza and voter volatility (Dr Parveen Akhtar)
20. Religion and voting behaviour in the 2024 General Election (Dr Ekaterina Kolpinskaya, Dr Stuart Fox)
21. Failure to connect: the Conservative Party and young voters (Dr Stephanie Luke)
22. Youthquake for the progressive left: making sense of the collapse of youth support for the Conservatives (Prof James Sloam, Prof Matt Henn)
23. Values in the valence election (Prof Paula Surridge)
24. Tactical voting: why is it such a big part of British elections? (Thomas Lockwood)
The nations and regions
25. Have voters fallen out of love with the SNP? (Dr Lynn Bennie)
26. The spectre of Sturgeon still looms large in gendered coverage in Scotland (Melody House, Dr Fiona McKay)
27. The personalisation of Scottish politics in a UK General Election (Dr Michael Higgins, Dr Maike Dinger)
28. Competence, change and continuity: a tale of two nations (Dr Will Kitson)
29. Election success, but problems remain for Labour in Wales (Dr Nye Davies)
30. Four ways in which Northern Ireland’s own seismic results will affect the new Parliament (Prof Katy Hayward)
31. Bringing People together or pulling them apart? What Facebook ads say about the NI campaign (Dr Paul Reilly)
32. A New Dawn For Levelling Up? (Prof Arianna Giovannini)
33. Who defines Britain? National identity at the heart of the 2024 UK General Election (Dr Tabitha Baker)
Parties and the campaign
34. A changed but over-staged Labour Party and the political marketing weaknesses behind Starmer’s win (Prof Jennifer Lees-Marshment)
35. To leaflet or not to leaflet? The question of election leafleting in Sunderland Central (Prof Angela Smith, Dr Mike Pearce)
36. Beyond ‘my dad was a toolmaker’: what it’s really like to be working class in parliament (Dr Vladimir Bortun)
37. The unforced errors of foolish men: gender, race and the calculus of harm (Prof Karen Ross)
38. Election 2024 and rise of Reform UK: the beginning of the end of the Conservatives? (Dr Anthony Ridge-Newman)
39. The Weakening of the Blue Wall (Prof Pete Dorey)
40. The Conservative party, 1832-2024: an obituary (Dr Mark Garnett)
41. Bouncing back: the Liberal Democrat campaign (Prof Peter Sloman)
42. The Greens: riding two horses (Prof Neil Carter, Dr Mitya Pearson)
43. Party organisations and the campaign (Dr Danny Rye)
44. Local campaign messaging at the 2024 General Election (Dr Siim Trumm, Prof Caitlin Milazzo)
45. The value of getting personal: reflecting upon the role of personal branding in the General Election (Dr Jenny Lloyd)
46. Which constituencies were visited by each party leader and what this told us about their campaigns (Dr Hannah Bunting, Joely Santa Cruz)
47. The culture wars and the 2024 General Election campaign (Prof John Steel)
48. “Rishi’s D-Day Disaster”: authority, leadership and British military commemoration (Dr Natalie Jester)
49. Party election broadcasts: the quest for authenticity (Dr Vincent Campbell)
Policy and strategy
50. It’s the cost-of-living-crisis, stupid! (Prof Aeron Davis)
51. The last pre-war vote? Defence and foreign policy in the 2024 Election (Dr Russell Foster)
52. The 2024 UK general election and the absence of foreign policy (Dr Victoria Honeyman)
53. Fractious consensus: defence policy at the 2024 General Election (Dr Ben Jones)
54. The psycho-politics of climate denial in the 2024 UK election (Prof Candida Yates, Dr Jenny Alexander)
55. How will the Labour government fare and what should they do better? (Prof Rick Stafford and team)
56. Finding the environment: climate obstructionism and environmental movements on TikTok (Dr Abi Rhodes)
57. Irregular migration: ‘Stop the boats’ vs ‘Smash the Gangs’ (Prof Alex Balch)
58. The sleeping dog of ‘Europe: UK relations with the EU as a non-issue (Prof Simon Usherwood)
59. Labour: a very conservative housing manifesto (Prof Becky Tunstall)
60. Why the Labour Government must abolish the two-child benefit limit policy (Dr Yekaterina Chzhen)
61. Take the next right: mainstream parties’ positions on gender and LGBTQ+ equality issues (Dr Louise Luxton)
The digital campaign
62. Local news and information on candidates was insufficient (Dr Martin Moore, Dr Gordon Neil Ramsay)
63. The Al election that wasn’t – yet (Prof Helen Margetts)
64. Al-generated images: how citizens depicted politicians and society (Niamh Cashell)
65. The threat to democracy that wasn’t? Four types of Al-generated synthetic media in the General Election (Dr Liam McLoughlin)
66. Shitposting meets Generative Artificial Intelligence and ‘deep fakes’ at the 2024 General Election (Dr Rosalynd Southern)
67. Shitposting the General Election: why this campaign felt like one long meme (SE Harman, Dr Matthew Wall)
68. Winning voters’ hearts and minds… through reels and memes?! How #GE24 unfolded on TikTok (Dr Aljosha Karim Schapals)
69. Debating the election in “Non-political” Third Spaces: the case of Gransnet (Prof Scott Wright et al)
70. Which social networks did political parties use most in 2024? (Dr Richard Fletcher)
71. Facebook’s role in the General Election: still relevant in a more fragmented information environment (Prof Andrea Carson, Dr Felix M. Simon)
72. Farage on TikTok: the perfect populist platform (Prof Karin Wahl-Jorgensen)
News and journalism
73. Why the press still matters (Prof Steven Barnett)
74. When the Star aligned: how the press ‘voted’ (Prof Dominic Wring, Prof David Deacon)
75. Visual depictions of leaders and losers in the (still influential) print press (Prof Erik Bucy and Dr Nathan Ritchie)
76. Towards more assertive impartiality? Fact-checking on BBC television news (Prof Stephen Cushion)
77. The outsize influence of the conservative press in election campaigns (Prof Dan Stevens, Prof Susan Banducci, Dr Ekaterina Kolpinskaya and Dr Laszlo Horvath)
78. GB News – not breaking any rules… (Prof Ivor Gaber)
79. Vogue’s stylish relationship to politics (Dr Chrysi Dagoula)
80. Tiptoeing around immigration has tangible consequences (Dr Maria Kyriakidou, Dr Iñaki Garcia-Blanco)
81. A Taxing Campaign (Prof David Deacon et al)
82. Not the Sun wot won it: what Murdoch’s half-hearted, last-minute endorsements mean for Labour (Dr John Jewell)
83. Is this the first podcast election? (Carl Hartley, Prof Stephen Coleman)
84. A numbers game (Paul Bradshaw)
85. Election 2024 and the remarkable absence of media in a mediated spectacle (Prof Lee Edwards)
86. 2024: the great election turn-off (Prof Des Freedman)
Personality politics and popular culture
87. Ed Davey: Towards a Liberal Populism? (Dr Tom Sharkey, Dr Sophie Quirk)
88. Why Nigel Farage’s anti-media election interference claims are so dangerous (Dr Lone Sorensen)
89. Nigel Farage and the political circus (Dr Neil Ewen)
90. Binface, Beany and Beyond: humorous candidates in the 2024 General Election (Prof Scott Wright)
91. What Corbyn support reveals about how Starmer’s Labour won big (Prof Cornel Sandvoss, Dr Benjamin Litherland, Dr Joseph Andrew Smith)
92. “Well that was dignified, wasn’t it?”: floor apportionment and interaction in the televised debates (Dr Sylvia Shaw)
93. TV debates: beyond winners and losers (Prof Stephen Coleman)
94. Is our television debate coverage finally starting to match up to multi-party politics? (Dr Louise Thompson)
95. Tetchiness meets disenchantment: capturing the contrasting political energies of the campaign (Prof Beth Johnson, Prof Katy Parry)
96. “We’re just normal men”: football and the performance of authentic leadership (Dr Ellen Watts)
97. ‘Make the friendship bracelets’: gendered imagery in candidates’ self-presentations on the campaign trail (Dr Caroline Leicht)
98. Weeping in Wetherspoons: generative Al and the right/left image battle on X (Simon Popple)
99. An entertaining election? Popular culture as politics (Prof John Street)
100. Changing key, but keeping time: the music of Election 2024 (Dr Adam Behr)
101. Truth or dare: the political veracity game (Prof John Corner)

A successful second Women’s Health Research Symposium

The Centre for Midwifery and Women’s Health hosted their second Women’s Health Research Symposium on Tuesday 25th June 2024, sharing women’s health research from across Dorset.

The event was funded by the Centre for Midwifery and Women’s Health, The Women’s Academic Network, and The Doctoral College. The event provided an opportunity for academics, clinicians, researchers, and third-sector organisations to network, discuss ideas, and outline key priorities in women’s healthcare.  

The themes of the presentation mirrored the priorities of the Women’s Health Strategy for England including tackling inequalities and wider determinants of health, improving access to services, health promotion through education, women’s mental health, and supporting women’s health throughout the life course. Keynote speakers included Dr Michael Dooley, Visiting Professor at BU (Bournemouth University) and Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Helen Crook, Strategy and Transformation Programme Manager leading on the Dorset Women’s Health Hub, and Marianne Storey, Chair of the Dorset Women CIC 

Part-funded by The Doctoral College Culture and Community grant, the event aimed to highlight the work of our postgraduate researchers. A range of posters and oral presentations were delivered by BU postgraduate students including Rosie Harper, Eunhee Kim, Umarah Mahmood, Sara Ahmadi, Pritika Gurung, Megan Chesters, Abier Hamidi, Kate Rattley, and Nurudeen Adesina.  

Academics from the BU Centre for Midwifery and Women’s Health also discussed new research findings including new consensus recommendations on cold water swimming in pregnancy (Dr Malika Felton) and the lived experience of LGBTQ+ parents who breast/chest-fed their children (Dr Sarah Hillier). We also welcomed Associate Professor Alyx Taylor from AECC University College to discuss her work around the identification of perinatal mental health needs. 

In addition to a range of engaging oral presentations, we invited Dr Humaira Khan (AECC University College) to display her foetal alcohol syndrome simulator, and Pauline Ferrick-Squibb (Arts University Bournemouth) to showcase her quilt that was created through participatory research with women sharing their experience of menopause. The event concluded with a panel discussion with BU’s Women’s Academic Network and research centres including the Centre for Midwifery & Women’s Health, Ageing & Dementia Research Centre, andCentre for Seldom Heard Voices. 

The second Women’s Health Research Symposium was a success, and we look forward to inviting delegates back to the university next year. The event provided an opportunity for academics, clinicians, and stakeholders to make collaborative partnerships to improve women’s health across Dorset. 

      

The ADRC Ageing Well Together event was a great success

The Ageing & Dementia Research Centre hosted a free public event in June with 52 attendees from local organisations, members of the public and researchers. The purpose of the event was to bring people together to showcase research and initiatives around the theme of ageing well.  

Key speaker

The key speaker of the event was Rachel Woodward Carrick, speaker and author of Happy Silver People: How to make life happier as you grow older within the BGB lecture theatre.

Presentations/showcase

Both Mel Hughes and Angela Paget from PIER shared some of their learning from a collaboration with the BCP Age Friendly Communities network.

Here are some words from Mel summarising the collaboration – The BU PIER partnership have been supporting this work as forum and steering group members from the start and so it felt a natural opportunity to collaborate when we were asked to start a conversation with older people across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, on envisioning an age friendly community. We used appreciative inquiry and the 4D model of discover, dream, design and deliver to provide a framework for a series of workshops conducted in March 2024 with Age Friendly partners, Beautiful Wisdom, Salvation Army, Prama Care and Christchurch Community Partnership. We posed the same question to the conference attendees – if there are no limits, what, for you does an age friendly community look and feel like. It was great to see how open and engaged the attendees were to envision an age friendly community and the steps they would take to making it a reality. We are excited to share the report from the March conversations in July.

There were tables set up in BG 115 and 116 where local care organisations showcased their services and BU research staff showcased their research allowing people to browse their stands and to ask questions, as well as getting hold of some much-favoured merchandise! There was also a visit from the very special Nelly the therapy dog from the company ‘Hey Doggie’ with her owner Jacqui, who we have built a good relationship with having first met them at the Dog Café event at the Potteries Care Home (this takes place the second Wednesday of each month).

There was also the chance to hear from the ADRC Research Participant Group, who shared their experiences of contributing to research. This group meets monthly via Zoom with two in-person meetings taking place each year. We are always looking for new members of the public to join this group. Further details can be found on www.bournemouth.ac.uk/adrc (if you know of anyone who would be interested in joining or if you are a BU researcher who would like to present your research at one of these monthly meetings, in order to get public engagement with your project).

Yoga activity

After a very successful morning at the event, we were joined by a Sport BU yoga teacher, Melsia Tomlin-Kraftner, who gave us all an introduction to Chair Yoga in the lecture theatre, this was a very engaging and informative session on the benefits of regular movement as we age, as well as providing a lot of laughs from those participating.

Event highlights

Associate Professor Susan Dewhurst and Associate Professor Michele Board the co-lead of the centre and Dr Michelle Heward the deputy co-lead of the centre have provided their best bits of the event below:

  • My highlight was the atmosphere and energy that was present in the showcase event. Given the diversity of tables, there was something for everyone, making it a really inclusive event (Dr Susan Dewhurst).
  • It was very much an example of a collaborative, community event with sharing of expertise about ageing (the lived experience!) and research we are doing to promote healthy ageing and raising our understanding of people living with dementia (Dr Michele Board).
  • Hearing from members of the public about their involvement in ADRC research and what it meant to them was a powerful reminder of the impact that our research can have on our local community. Attendees gave positive feedback about the event, one attendee said, ‘Interesting talks in the lecture theatre, fascinating info and chat in the ‘break out room’ and especially great to meet the research students – such a credit to BU! I found it all energising and stimulating and am better informed all round after attending’ (Dr Michelle Heward).

The work of the ADRC focuses around maintaining good quality of life as we age and supporting those living with long-term conditions in older age, such as dementia. Please follow us on social media @BournemouthADRC to keep up to date with our latest news and visit our website www.bournemouth.ac.uk/adrc to check out more about our research and our education and training resources.

RKEDF July Digest – Training opportunities for YOU!

Have you heard the news!!!!!!  

We are excited to share some great RKEDF training opportunities coming up in July 2024! 

 Click on the titles to find further details and book your place!!!! 

 AHRC & ESRC: How to write an application in the new format for the Funding Service 

Thursday, July 4, 11:00 – 13:00 – Online 

The session will cover the requirements for the new UKRI application format. We will discuss the application structure focusing on AHRC and ESRC and the sections and how to complete them. The session will be framed with more general information on the various Research Councils that comprise UKRI and best practice in writing applications for external research funding. 

 Principal Investigation – Post Award for RKE 

Wednesday, July 10, 14:00 – 15:00 – Online 

This session is aimed at any researcher who is, who plans to be, a Principal Investigator for an externally funded research or knowledge exchange project.   

 New Generation Thinkers 2025 – AHRC/BBC Radio 4 

Thursday, July 11, 11:00 – 13:30 – F112 – Fusion Building – Talbot Campus 

This is our annual new generation thinkers’ workshop, where we look at the call, requirements, eligibility and having a panel chair and member’s point of view. For early career researchers and PGRs who want to share their research with the public. 

Call information: Develop your media skills with the New Generation Thinkers scheme. The scheme is a partnership between the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the BBC.  

 Building a Policy Influencing Strategy 

Friday, July 12, 9:30 – 16:30 and Thursday, July 18, 9:00 – 16:00 – Zoom 

A one-day online workshop for up to eight researchers, delivered via Zoom and facilitated by public affairs and policy consultant Carys Davis, from The Other Place  

The session will enable participants to: 

  • develop key messages, supporting narratives and evidence, identify and map their audience, gain insight into the channels available for influencing. 

 RKEDF: ECRN: Where do you begin with Research funding? 

Friday 12th July – 10:00-12:00 – Online 

The workshop is aimed at researchers from across BU at either postdoctoral or early career stage. It will focus on funders including (but not limited to) the AHRC, UKRI, British Academy, Welcome Trust, and NIHR. 

Are you an Early Career Researcher interested in applying for research funding but unsure where to start? In this BU ERC Network special session, professional bid writing consultant Sally Baggott (PhD) offers her insights in the contemporary funding landscape for ECRs,  

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Please assist us in avoiding any waste of resources; make sure you can attend or cancel your booking prior to the session. 

 For more training opportunities, please visit the ‘SharePoint site’ here. 

 For any further information, please contact: RKEDF@bournemouth.ac.uk  

New Book and Web Toolkit: Practice-led Research and Inclusive Media Representations

Documentary and Stereotypes: Reducing Stigma through Factual Media (Palgrave 2023) and its accompanying web toolkit by Principal Lecturer Catalin Brylla are available.

This book studies how social stigma and prejudice can be reduced through factual media, including documentaries, news, reality TV, advertisements and social media videos. It is intended for researchers and media makers who want to increase social inclusion and diversity through strategic on-screen representations. Using models from social psychology, media studies and cultural studies, it explains how harmful social boundaries can be reduced in relation to ethnicity, culture, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion and many other social categories.

The first part explains the function of stereotypes in social perception and cognition, whether we meet a person in real life or watch a TV documentary. The second part establishes a classification system for stigmatising media stereotypes, and it proposes a methodology to analyse these in narrative and audio-visual representations. The third part introduces a framework of methods to reduce stigmatising stereotypes and foster social inclusion. These are based on experiencing the perspective of screen characters and the strategic intersection of multiple social identities.

The book and web toolkit have been widely disseminated:

Society of Cognitive Film Studies Conference 2024 (University of North Carolina, Wilmington)

Masterclass: Catalin Brylla and Edward Schiappa in conversation about Reducing Prejudice through Documentary: The Parasocial Contact Hypothesis (University College London)

Intersectional Media Representation Workshop at the Festival of Media Production 2024 (Bournemouth University)

Inclusive Filmmaking Workshop (School of Creative Practice, Queensland University of Technology)

Reducing Prejudice through Documentary Practice (Steve Tisch School of Film and Television, Tel Aviv University)

Reducing Disability Stigma through Intersectional Media Representations (Centre of Culture and Disability Studies, Liverpool Hope University)

ACM SIGCOMM Test of Time Award

 

Happy to share that our paper entitled “Probabilistic in-network caching for information-centric networks” published in ACM ICN 2012 has been identified as one of the top 1% most cited/downloaded papers in the ACM Digital Library from those published between 2012-2014 and was considered for the 2024 ACM SIGCOMM Test of Time Award. The research was part of the work conducted under the EU ICT COMET project.

The paper was co-authored by Wei Chai,  Yiannis Psaras (protocol.ai) and George Pavlou (University College London).

WEDNESDAY 26th – DISCUSS, COLLABORATE & CONTEMPLATE  TO INNOVATE

NEED SOME TIME & SPACE TO

DISCUSS, COLLABORATE & CONTEMPLATE  TO INNOVATE? 

THE INNOVATION COMMON ROOM

is at Fusion again THIS WEEK SAME TIME, SAME SPACE

Wednesday 26th June, 12.30 – 3.30, FG04

A RELAXED PLACE FOR RESEARCHERS TO

MEET, DISCUSS & MENTOR

over tea, coffee and biscuits

Academics can invite their Post-Graduate Students

This is the final Innovation Common Room for this academic year.

THE INNOVATION COMMON ROOM

will return in September for the 2024-25 year

Research Knowledge Exchange Culture: Making it Happen

Contact Dr Wendelin Morrison, BU Knowledge Exchange Manager, if you need to know more

wmorrison@bournemout.ac.uk

ADRC gets a shout out on BBC Radio Solent – listen to the interview here

Dr Catherine Talbot was interviewed by Fern Buckley on BBC Radio Solent on Tuesday 11th June. Catherine spoke about the work the ADRC does to enhance the quality of life of older adults and people living with dementia, as well as supporting their families and the professionals who work with them.

She also promoted the “Ageing Well Together!” event which celebrates ageing and brings together members of the public, researchers, service users, carers, and professionals.

Keep up to date with our latest research and other exciting news by following us on @BournemouthADRC or www.bournemouth.ac.uk/adrc