Research Fellow, University of Birmingham

Laurence Cooley is a political scientist with interests including ethnic conflict resolution, the politics of the census and the governance of sport in deeply divided societies. He is currently a Research Fellow in the International Development Department at the University of Birmingham, which he originally joined as a Teaching Fellow in 2013, having previously taught in both the Department of Political Science and International Studies and the Centre for Russian and East European Studies. From February 2017 to January 2019, Laurence is an ESRC Future Research Leader. He is also currently 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