Geoff Evans (political scientist)

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Geoffrey Evans is a University of Oxford Professor and Official Fellow in Politics, Nuffield College.[1] Evans is a political scientist who has also held posts in psychology and sociology. An expert in elections, he is long-standing editor of the journal Electoral Studies. In 2013 he was appointed co-director of the British Election Study, the Scottish Referendum Study and the Northern Ireland Election Study.[2] In 2016 he also became director of the EU Referendum Study.

Geoffrey Evans was born in Stoke-on-Trent where he lived until his mid-twenties, having spent periods working on the factory floor in the potteries, before studying for his A levels as a mature student and leaving to take up a place at university. He regularly returns to North Staffordshire, where he maintains close ties with friends and family and is a season ticket holder at Stoke City F.C.

Amongst his research interests is a long-term concern with social inequality and the political representation of the working class, stemming to a large degree from his own background and early working years in Stoke. His other research examines political divisions between classes, religions and ethnic groups in a range of other societies including Northern Ireland and post-communist Eastern Europe. As a psychologist by training he examines the factors that shape how people understand and relate to politics and their place in society.

Selected publications[edit]

  • Evans G. The End of Class Politics? Class Voting in Comparative Context, Oxford University Press, 1999.
  • Evans G. & De Graaf, N.D. Political Choice Matters: Explaining the strength of class and religious cleavages in cross-national perspective, Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • Evans G. & Tilley J. The New Politics of Class: The Political Exclusion of the British Working Class, Oxford University Press, 2017.


  1. ^ Prof Geoff Evans. Nuffield College. Retrieved 25 May 2015.
  2. ^ Meet the BES team. British Election Study. Retrieved 25 May 2015.