About

I’m Owen, I am a postgraduate researcher in the Quantitative Spatial Science group at the University of Bristol. I previously studied Data Science at the University of Amsterdam and History and Politics at Jesus College, University of Oxford.

My research focusses on modelling voting patterns and socio-political attitudes at granular geography levels, particularly in smaller units than electoral districts. This includes expanding the use of common techniques such as Multilevel Regression and Poststratification (MRP) and considering diverse alternative approaches such as the use of visual data with computer vision. These techniques can improve understanding of British electoral geography and the underlying social phenomena which drive it, as well as considering electoral geography from the subjects’ perspectives – for example through the visual elements of street-scenes.

I am also a campaigner for electoral reform in the UK. I am a co-founder and co-Director of Make Votes Matter, the cross-party campaign for Proportional Representation for the House of Commons. I am also a researcher for Labour for a New Democracy, the campaign for PR within the Labour Party.

After the 2015 general election, I started a petition calling for a proportional representation to be adopted for elections to the House of Commons. It got almost 300,000 signatures and I joined in the surge of support for electoral reform. I sat on the council of the Electoral Reform Society from 2015 to 2019 and in 2016, I was named as a ‘New Radical’ one to watch by Nesta and The Observer.

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