Rosalind Shorrocks

Rosalind Shorrocks


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I have been at the University of Manchester since September 2017. My research is in the area of gender and politics in Britain and comparatively, with a particular focus on electoral politics, political behaviour, and social attitudes. I am particularly interested in how gender shapes public opinion and vote choice, as well as public attitudes towards gender, gender-roles, and feminism. I am also interested in the impact of socialisation experiences and generations on political behaviour. 

From May 2022-Jan 2023 I was Principal Investigator on an ESRC Impact Acceleration Account "Surveying Women in Greater Manchester: Political Engagement, Preferences, and Behaviour" (Grant Reference ES/T501979/1) with Co-Investigator Dr Anna Sanders (University of York). Responding to the lack of regionally-collected data on women's experiences and preferences, and in collaboration with GM4Women2028, we surveyed a representative sample of women across Greater Manchester on key policy issues and priorities identified through working with GM4Women2028 and other relevant stakeholders. The survey covered areas such as political participation, employment, childcare, transport, and safety. A report of our findings, "What Women Want: Capturing Women's Diverse Experiences and Perspectives across Greater Manchester" was launched in February 2023.  

Since February 2023 I have been the UK Lead Investigator on the Horizon Europe funded project UNTWIST: Policy Recommendations to Regain the "losers of feminism" as Mainstream Voters (PI: Antonia Ruiz Jimenez, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Spain). The project is a collaboration between institutions in Spain, Germany, Hungary, Denmark, Switzerland, and the UK, and seeks to develop policy recommendations that enable political parties to promote gender equality and address citizens' gender-based needs and demands.


I completed a DPhil in Sociology at the University of Oxford in 2017. I was a Teaching Fellow in Quantitative Methods at the University of Bath (Politics, Languages, and International Studies) prior to taking up my position at Manchester. 


DPhil in Sociology, Trinity College, University of Oxford, 2017

Media contributions and coverage

I am able to provide expert comment in the area of gender and politics, and have contributed to the BBC as well as various blogs and newspaper outlets on this topic. 


I teach broadly in the areas of comparative politics, gender and politics, and research methods and design. The modules I teach on in the 2022/23 academic year are:

Introduction to Comparative Politics (Level 1)
Gender and Politics in Comparative Perspective (Level 2)

Gender in Comparative Politics (Level 4)
Research Design (PhD)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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