Dr Wall is a specialist in the study of elections and campaigns, with a particular focus on how the Internet is affecting contemporary campaign dynamics. He has developed particular expertise in the use of gambling market odds for the analysis of election campaigns. Dr Wall was Principal Investigator on an AHRC project on this topic (https://gtr.ukri.org/projects?ref=AH%2FL010011%2F1) and key publications include: Wall, M., Costello, R., & Lindsay, S. (2017). The miracle of the markets: Identifying key campaign events in the Scottish independence referendum using betting odds. Electoral Studies, 46, 39-47; Wall, M., Sudulich, M. L., & Cunningham, K. (2012). What are the odds? Using constituency-level betting markets to forecast seat shares in the 2010 UK General Elections. Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties, 22(1), 3-26; and 'Racing Certainties - the value of political gambling' in Phillip Cowley and Robert Ford (Eds) More Sex, Lies, & the Ballot Box. London: Biteback Publishing.
He has produced over 20 peer-reviewed publications on these topics across a range of prestigious academic journals. Dr Wall holds a PhD in Political Science at Trinity College Dublin. He is a Marie Curie Fellow, having participated in the ELECDEM Initial Training Network as an Experienced Researcher at Kieskompas, based in the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. Dr Wall completed a further postdoctoral fellowship at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, prior to taking up a Lectureship in Politics at Swansea University in 2012. While at Swansea, Dr Wall has led major, interdisciplinary and international research projects funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the CHERISH Digital Economy Centre. He is currently a co-director of Swansea University’s Politics and Governance Research Group as well as being the Director of the WISERD Politics and Governance Research Network.