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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

  • By appointment



Shaun Bevan is Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Political Science at the University of Edinburgh. He is also the co-convener of the Executive Politics and Governance Specialist Group of the Political Studies Association (with Eva Heims), an External Fellow at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES) at the University of Mannheim and is Director of the Master Codebook for the Comparative Agendas Project ( in charge of creating a common Master Codebook and the integration of new projects. 

Shaun received his Ph.D. in political science from The Pennsylvania State University in August 2011. He has previously worked as a research fellow 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 involved in as co-director (with 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 an 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 substantive interests focus on agenda-setting, public policy, interest groups, public opinion and representation in Britain, the US and comparatively. He is also interested in methodological issues time series methods, measurement and computational linguistics. His work has appeared in such journals as Comparative Political StudiesElectoral Studies, the European Journal of Political Research, the European Political Science Review, the Journal of European Public PolicyParty PoliticsPolitical Research QuarterlyPolicy 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 me 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