Professor Stephen Fisher
Professor Stephen Fisher’s research has primarily been on public opinion and how people vote in elections, in Britain and cross-nationally. The main themes of his research have been attitudes to climate change, ethnic minority political attitudes and behaviour, analysis of election outcomes, political geography, election forecasting, tactical voting and quantitative research methods.
As well as writing academic research articles, Stephen has worked with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on a global survey of climate change attitudes (The Peoples’ Climate Vote), provided election predictions for the BBC (including exit polls for general elections), and commentary on elections and public opinion for the media more broadly. As well as expert comment, this includes broadcast and radio interviews for BBC, CNBC, Al-Jazeera and others.
The People's Climate Vote attracted much international media coverage including: The Guardian, CNN, BBC, Al-Jazeera, Associated Press, Reuters, El Pais, AFP, New York Times, and Die Zeit.
Stephen’s blog with election forecasts and analysis is at ElectionsEtc.com.
- Public opinion on climate change
- Elections in the UK
- Election forecasting
- Voting behaviour
- Tactical voting
Professor Fisher has extensive media experience, including print and live broadcast (radio and TV) and is much in demand during UK General Elections.
Recent media work
- Local elections 2022: The media got it wrong. Labour did make real progress (Prospect, 2022)
- Cure for the blues? The Tories’ mid-term plight in perspective (Prospect, 2022)
- Reverse electoral reform: Why the government wants to scrap the “supplementary vote” (Prospect, 2021)
- UN global climate poll: ‘The people’s voice is clear – they want action’ (The Guardian, 2021)
- Elections 2021: All you need to know about the results so far (Prospect, 2021)
- General election 2019: What is the secret behind tactical voting? (BBC News, 2019)
- Minority candidates face 'ethnic penalty' in elections, study shows (The Guardian, 2018)