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Shaun Bevan

Shaun Bevan
Dr Shaun Bevan
Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Political Science
2.13B Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
+44 (0) 131 650 4128
Research Interests
Agenda-Setting, Public policy, interest groups, Public Opinion, political behaviour, Time Series Analysis, Event History Analysis, Measurement

Guidance and Feedback Hours

  • On sabbatical (Spring 2019).

Deputy Director of Research (Data), School of Social and Political Science

Personal website



Shaun Bevan is Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Political Science at the University of Edinburgh, an External Fellow at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES) at the University of Mannheim and is Topic Coding Coordinator for the Comparative Agendas Project ( in charge of creating a common Master Codebook across projects. 

Shaun received his Ph.D. in political science from The Pennsylvania State University in August 2011. He has previously worked as a research follow at the University of Mannheim and as a research associate at the University of Manchester managing the UK Policy Agenda Project ( which he remains actively involoved in through continued research including his new book Policy Agendas in British Politics (with Peter John, Anthony Bertelli and Will Jennings). He has also worked as a technical adviser for the Pennsylvania Policy Database Project ( and as a research assistant while at Penn State managing the Encyclopedia of Associations Project a recently released extension of the US Policy Agendas Project ( that tracks national level voluntary associations in the United States in a panel data set from 1970-2005. 

Shaun's research interests focus on American, British and Comparative Politics, as well as Political Methodology. Some of his specific interests include agenda-setting, public policy, interest groups, public opinion, time series analysis, event history analysis and measurement. His work has appeared in such journals as Comparative Political Studies, the European Journal of Political Research, the European Political Science Review, the Journal of European Public Policy, Political Research Quarterly, Policy Studies Journal and Public Administration.

Projects & Data

Up to date descriptions of my various research projects as well as links to released datasets are maintained on my webpage at:


A complete list of publications is available through my up to date CV. My webpage further hosts open access versions of each publication whenever possible at:

Follow Shaun on: or Researchgate

Topics interested in supervising

Shaun is interested in students doing UK, US and/or Comparative work on, Agenda-setting, Public Policy, Interest Groups, Political Institutions and Political Behavior, particularly related to Public Opinion. He is also interested in projects focused on using dynamic, time series data.

If you are interested in being supervised by Shaun Bevan, please see the links below for more information:

PhD in Politics; MSc (R) Politics