Ms Paula Surridge

Ms Paula Surridge

Ms Paula Surridge
Senior Lecturer

1.06, 11 Priory Road,
11 Priory Road, Clifton, Bristol
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Telephone Number (0117) 928 7689

School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

Personal profile

Lecturer at University of Aberdeen 1996-1999 and University of Salford 1999-2002.  Joined Bristol in October 2002, Senior Lecturer from 2007.


I am interested in social and political values, both their links to positions in socio-demographic space and their influence on political behaviour. I primarily use large-scale quantitative data sources to investigate how these values have influenced voting behaviour at general elections, and more recently at the EU Referendum.

I am especially interested in the role of education in social values, particularly understanding how education 'liberalises' and the effects of an expanding HE sector in shaping political discourse and preferences. 


I currently teach units of research methodology to both undergraduates and postgraduates with a particular emphasis on Advanced Quantitative Methods and Dissertation preparation.

I am keen to supervise research students working in the areas of political sociology and the sociology of education who are interested in working with advanced quantitative analysis techniques.

Key publications

  1. Stillwell, J, Norman, C, Thomas, C & Surridge, P, 2010, ‘Spatial and Social Disparities’. Springer
  2. Surridge, P, 2010, ‘The Making of Social Values’. in: J Stillwell, C Norman, C Thomas, P Surridge (eds) Spatial and Social Disparities. Springer
  3. Surridge, P, 2009, ‘The National Student Survey three years on’. Higher Education Academy
  4. Surridge, P, 2008, ‘The National Student Survey 2005-2007’. Higher Education Funding Council
  5. Surridge, P, 2007, ‘Class belonging: a quantitative exploration of identity and consciousness’. British Journal of Sociology, vol 58 (2)., pp. 207 - 226

Latest publications

  1. Surridge, P, 2020, ‘Divided Kingdom: The fragmentation of political values’. Biteback Books
  2. Surridge, P, 2019, ‘Privileged Positions’. in: Sex, Lies and Ballots (Vol 3) (Provisional). Biteback Books
  3. Surridge, P, 2019, ‘Are remain voters from Mars and leave voters from Venus?’. UK in Changing EU
  4. Surridge, P, 2019, ‘In search of the value-added voter’. in: Corbynism from below. Lawrence and Wishart
  5. Surridge, P, 2019, ‘Brexit and Public Opinion: the left right divide’. UK in Changing EU

Full publications list in the University of Bristol publications system

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