Miss Neema Begum

Miss Neema Begum

Miss Neema Begum

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School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

Personal profile

Neema is a SPAIS-funded PhD Candidate in Politics with the following qualifications:

MA in Political Science: British Politics and the State (University of Birmingham)

BA in Political Science and International Relations (University of Birmingham)

Neema's research interests are in the fields of ethnicity, political participation, voting behaviour and intersectional feminism. Neema's PhD project will examine changing dynamics in ethnicity and voting behaviour through a case study of voting in the 2016 EU Referendum. This research will:

  • examine how ethnicity intersects with class, gender, national identity and religion in influencing voting behaviour
  • discover motivations for ethnic-based and class-based voting in the EU Referendum
  • contribute to analyses of whiteness in electoral behaviour
  • contribute to developing an intersectional approach to ethnicity in analyses of voting behaviour
  • contribute to developing an intersectional quantitative approach

This research will draw on focus groups conducted in Birmingham and quantitative analyses using the British Election Study series, the 2010 Ethnic Minority British Election Study (EMBES) and Understanding Society data, particularly the ethnic minority boost and early access to EU Referendum data on whether participants thought the UK should leave or remain a member of the EU

She is supervised by Dr Therese O'Toole and Ms Paula Surridge and is a member of the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship.

Neema is collaborating with Paula Surridge and Siobhan McAndrew as part of the Understanding Society EU Referendum Project on 'The Relational, Personality and Cognitive Sources of Motivated Reasoning: A Latent Class Analysis of Motivational Factors underlying Leave and Remain Support'.

Neema is a Postgraduate Representative and a co-organiser of the PGR Seminar Series in the School. Neema is Treasurer of the Political Studies Association Early Career Network. She is also Assistant Book Review Editor for the journal Sociology of Race and Ethnicity and has worked as Research Assistant on the ESRC-funded project #BristolBrexit - A City Responds to Brexit. Neema has co-organised and hosted a workshop at the University of Bristol for A Level students in Bristol entitled 'Decoding Diversity workshop: Media Representations of Crime and Community Relations' and has delivered the workshop again at the Cabot Learning Federation conference at The City Academy in Bristol.

Neema has carried out a PhD placement at the British Library working on the 2015 General Election and 2016 EU Referendum Web Archives. She analysed ways in which parties sought to appeal to ethnic minority voters as well as particular sites linked to ethnic minority voter engagement and campaign groups including ethnic minority groups for Brexit.

Publications and Blog posts

Book Review in Commonwealth and Comparative Politics of Ford and Goodwin 'Revolt on the right: explaining support for the radical right in Britain' Published online: 13 Jan 2017. Available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14662043.2017.1261656

Blog post on Open Democracy on The Many Brexits of Bristol. 23 May 2017. Available at: https://www.opendemocracy.net/neema-begum/many-brexits-of-bristol



During the academic year 2016/17, Neema taught seminars on the Politics unit 'Approaches to the Study of Political Science'. She has experience of preparing and delivering seminars to first-year undergraduate students as well as marking essays and exam scripts. Neema has received positive feedback from her students and in the peer observation of her teaching.

Full publications list in the University of Bristol publications system

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