Dr James Weinberg

Research Associate in Political Psychology and Citizenship Education, University of Sheffield

James Weinberg is a postdoctoral researcher on the Q-Step programme at the University of Sheffield and an Associate Fellow of the Sir Bernard Crick Centre. Alongside his interdisciplinary work in the field of political psychology, James has a keen research interest in the practice and politics of citizenship education. James wrote his doctorate on the basic values of parliamentarians in the UK and the ways that personality characteristics impact upon how and why Members of Parliament 'represent'. He conducted surveys and/or interviews with 106 sitting MPs and 2000 members of the British public.

James is Lead Fellow for citizenship on the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Democratic Participation and he chairs its Political Literacy Oversight Group. James previously chaired the Political Studies Association's Early Career Network from its inception in 2016 to July 2018, and he is currently a convenor of both the Political Psychology and Young People & Politics specialist groups. Previously James worked in secondary education as an English teacher in London. He completed his Masters in Political Science at the University of Manchester and his BA in History at the University of Oxford.


  • –present
    Research Associate in Political Psychology and Citizenship, University of Sheffield


  • 2018 
    University of Sheffield, PhD
  • 2013 
    University of Manchester, MA
  • 2012 
    University of Oxford, BA (hons)