Sarah Birch joined the Department of Political Economy in 2016 as Professor of Political Science, as well as Director of Research. She studies comparative politics and public ethics. Sarah previously held Chairs at the University of Essex and University of Glasgow. She is a fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and an Associate Fellow of the Institute of Public Policy Research.
Sarah's research is mainly focused on the empirical study of political ethics, including electoral integrity, ethical reasoning in politics, and corruption perceptions. She also conducts research on popular perceptions of, and reactions to, environmental problems.
Current projects Explaining and Mitigating Electoral Violence.
Sarah Birch specialises in two areas: electoral integrity and comparative environmental politics. She welcomes PhD applications in these fields.