Dr Daniel Devine

BA (Essex), MSc (Southampton), PhD (Southampton)


Dr Daniel Devine is a Career Development Fellow in Politics at St Hilda’s College and Associate at the Department of Politics and International Relations.

He joined St Hilda’s in 2020 after completing his PhD at the University of Southampton and spending a year as a Research Fellow on the TrustGov project, a large ESRC grant also at Southampton.


Dr Devine's teaching is broad, but focuses on public opinion and related topics, such as voting behaviour. He is currently teaching tutorials for the Practice of Politics (Prelims) and Political Sociology (Core).


I am primarily interested in public opinion and political attitudes, how these are formed and expressed, and their causes and consequences. I focus on political trust and similar attitudes (like democratic satisfaction). Some of the longer-term ongoing projects are described here.

Political trust

I’m working on a number of broad areas in political trust. I’m primarily working on experiments and causality in trust research.

  1. What are the causal consequences and determinants of political trust? How can we determine them?
  2. How do people make and reason about trust judgements?
  3. How does international integration – including explicit interventions – impact political trust?
  4. How does trust in institutions operate in multilevel governance?
  5. What are the long-term trends and relationships in trust and related attitudes?

Voting, Political Behaviour and International Integration

How do voters make decisions and what influences those decisions? What role does context play? How does international integration affect citizen-elite dynamics?

  1. How does the media environment influence voting behaviour?
  2. How does international integration influence voting?

Elite governance

I’m interested in governance as well. I’ve mostly done this non-academically with the Institute for Government’s Minister’s Reflect, which is an archive of interviews with former ministers. See for instance ‘Becoming Secretary of State’, which describes in ministers’ own words what happens when becoming SoS and advice to do it well.


Journal Articles

2020 ‘Covid-19 and the Blunders of our Governments: Long-run System Failings Aggravated by Political Choices’, The Political Quarterly (with Jen Gaskell, Will Jennings and Gerry Stoker)

2020 ‘Trust and the coronavirus pandemic: What are the consequences of and for trust? An early review of the literature’, Political Studies Review, 1-12 (with Jen Gaskell, Will Jennings and Gerry Stoker)

2019 ‘Perceived Government Autonomy, Economic Evaluations, and Political Support During the Eurozone Crisis’, West European Politics, EarlyView

2019 ‘Does Media Coverage Drive Public Support for UKIP or Does Public Support for UKIP Drive Media Coverage?’, British Journal of Political Science, 50(3): 893-910, DOI: 10.1017/S0007123418000145 (with Justin Murphy).

2018 ‘England, Englishness and the Labour Party’, The Political Quarterly 89(4): 621-630 (with John Denham)

Policy Publications

2019 Becoming Secretary of State, Institute for Government

2017 English Identity and the Governance of England, British Academy, with John Denham

2015 Whitehall Monitor 2015: The Coalition in 163 Charts, Institute for Government