Laurence Cooley is a political scientist whose research investigates the relationship between social identities and political institutions, with a focus on power-sharing institutions and the politics of the census. Between 2017 and 2019, Laurence was an ESRC Future Research Leader, and has been Lecturer in the International Development Department since November 2019. He previously taught in both the Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS) and the Centre for Russian and East European Studies (CREES). He is also a Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Natural and Built Environment at Queen's University Belfast.


  • 2017–present
    Visiting Research Fellow, Queen's University Belfast
  • 2017–present
    Research Fellow, University of Birmingham
  • 2013–2017
    Teaching Fellow in International Development, University of Birmingham


  • 2013 
    University of Birmingham, PhD Political Science and International Studies

Grants and Contracts

  • 2017
    The contentious politics of the census in consociational democracies
    Future Research Leader
    Funding Source:
    Economic and Social Research Council