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I am open to PhD applications in the fields of: • Democratic innovations • Civic engagement • Political behaviour and public opinion • Politics of Northern Ireland


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Research Interests

Political behaviour, political psychology, Northern Ireland politics, consociationalism, post-conflict democracy, deliberative democracy, legislative studies, electoral studies, comparative politics, quantitative methods.


Research Statement

My research focuses on the way citizens interact with democratic decision-making, including through elections, mini-publics and referendums. How can democratic deficits be addressed? What factors strengthen or weaken citizens' perceptions of legitimate decision-making? Can democratic innovations, such as citizens' assemblies and participatory budgeting, complement the functions of established representative institutions? I approach these questions in a comparative context, while maintaining a particular interest in the politics of Northern Ireland. Other recent projects have explored public opinion towards Brexit. 

I am affiliated with the Democratic Innovations and Legitimacy Research Group at KU Leuven, Belgium. 



I will be teaching on the following modules in 2019-20:

PAI 1001 Contemporary Europe

PAI 2002 British Politics in Crisis?

PAI 2043 Studying Politics: Skills and Methods

PAI 2044 Democracy, Ethics and Economics

HAP 7001 Approaches to Research Design (Quantitative Methods) 

PAI 7002 Politics of the Republic of Ireland



Alongside Dr Jamie Hagen, I am the Erasmus & Study Abroad Programme Co-Director for the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics at Queen's. If you are a student at a partner institution and are considering spending a year or semester with us in Belfast, please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

As Deputy Editor of Northern Slant, an independent media platform, I am proud to be part of a team that leads a constructive conversation on how to change Northern Ireland for the better.

I have also served on the Advisory Group of the Citizens' Assembly for Northern Ireland, a civil society initiative organised by Involve (a public participation charity) and funded by the Building Change Trust, Open Society Foundations, the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.


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Research Output

The Future of Northern Ireland: Border Anxieties and Support for Irish Reunification under Varieties of UKEXIT

Garry, J., O'Leary, B., McNicholl, K. & Pow, J., 01 Apr 2020, (Accepted) In : Regional Studies.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Brexit and Public Opinion: Northern Ireland

Pow, J., 2019, Brexit and Public Opinion. ESRC UK in a Changing Europe Initiative

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Open Access

Citizens' Assembly for Northern Ireland: Summary of Participant Evaluations

Pow, J. & Garry, J., 2019

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access

Remain reaffirmed: the 2019 European election in Northern Ireland

Haughey, S. & Pow, J., 28 Oct 2019, In : Irish Political Studies.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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    GE2019: Post-election Analysis and Brexit Clinic

    Jamie Pow (Presenter)

    17 Dec 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

    Exploring the attributes of citizen-based decision-making that drive support: A conjoint experiment on process preferences

    Jamie Pow (Presenter), & Lisa van Dijk (Presenter)

    13 Sep 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    59th Young Königswinter Conference

    Jamie Pow (Participant)


    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Democracy in Comparative Perspective: Recent Experiences in the UK and Ireland

    Jamie Pow (Lecturer)

    16 Dec 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


    Mini-Publics and the Maxi-Public: Investigating the Perceived Legitimacy of Citizens’ Assemblies in a Deeply Divided Place

    Author: Pow, J. T., 2019

    Supervisor: Garry, J. (Supervisor) & Turner, R. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy