Political sciences

William Allen

Member since 2024

Occupation: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Oxford and Nuffield College

Finding ways of supporting both evidence-based and empathic conversations about global challenges is what motivates me to do publicly-relevant research.


William Allen is a comparative political scientist examining how and why people engage with information about economic and political issues, particularly on migration in Europe and Latin America. He focuses on how citizens use information gained through a variety of sources to form their attitudes on complex issues, and how features like political trust and values shape this process. This feeds his further interests in identifying conditions in which knowledge-based interventions like fact-checking and information campaigns can contribute to more effective and resilient democracies, and finding ways of enhancing the role of research in public life more generally. He is currently a British Academy postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford, where he completed a DPhil in Politics, and serves as Deputy Editor of the journal Migration Studies. Previously, he worked at The Migration Observatory where he led policy-relevant research on UK migration public opinion and media coverage.


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  • EDI process improvements
  • Evidence based governance
  • Human migration
  • International engagement
  • Misinformation and disinformation
  • Open data
  • Research culture
  • Research translation