Welcome!

My name is Lotte Hargrave and I am a fourth year PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science, University College London (UCL), supervised by Prof. Meg Russell, Dr. Jack Blumenau, and Prof. Jennifer Hudson.

In my research, I use innovative quantitative designs to study the role of gender in elite and voter political behaviour in the UK. My research agenda focuses on two main themes. The first theme focuses on the behaviour of political elites. In this research, I seek to identify how widely-held gender stereotypes create incentives for the ways in which MPs debate in the UK House of Commons and how these pressures shift by context and over time. I focus on the issues that politicians prioritise when participating in parliamentary debate, and the style in which they deliver these arguments. To address these questions, I work with parliamentary speech data and utilise innovative quantitative text analysis tools. The second theme focuses on the behaviour of voters. In this research, I seek to identify whether gender bias informs the judgements voters make when they perceive and evaluate the behaviour of politicians. To address these questions, I utilise survey experimental methods. You can learn more about my research here.

In the Department of Political Science, I am an active member of the Comparative Politics/Political Economy/Political Behaviour and the Constitution Unit research clusters. For the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years, I co-organised the Departmental Research Seminar, the flagship seminar series of the UCL Department of Political Science. In the seminar, we invite external speakers from around the world who present and workshop their research with the faculty and research students. The sessions cover all the subfields of the discipline and different methodological approaches, creating a forum that brings together researchers with diverse interests.

In addition to this, in the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years, I was the Doctoral Students Representative in the UCL Department of Political Science. In this role, I represented PhD students, communicated our concerns to the faculty, and was involved in co-organising a range of networking events, panels, and workshops to help diversify the skillset of doctoral students in the Department. This included informal "coffee roulette" networking between departmental faculty and doctoral students, panels on academic and non-academic careers, and workshops on communication skills. You can learn more about these events here. For my work in both co-organising the Departmental Research Seminar and as the Doctoral Students Representative, I was awarded the "Outstanding Contribution to the Department 2020-21" award.

Contact

Ms. Lotte Hargrave
Department of Political Science
University College London
36/38 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PD
United Kingdom