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Neema Begum

Assistant Professor in British Politics, University of Nottingham

Neema Begum is Assistant Professor in British Politics in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham. Neema is a political scientist researching ethnic minority voting behaviour, political participation and representation.

Neema was previously a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE) working on Politics, Representation and Ethnic Minorities. This project examined:

- experiences of ethnic minority people in local and national politics
- distinct voting patterns and party allegiances of ethnic minority people
- interaction of class, gender, religion and region in ethnic minority political behaviour

As a member of CoDE, Neema has also worked on the Evidence for Equality National Survey (EVENS) on ethnic minority experiences of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Neema's PhD at the University of Bristol investigated Race and Identity in Voting in the 2016 EU Referendum. This thesis operationalised an intersectional feminist approach, using qualitative and quantitative methodology, to examine the interaction of ethnicity, class and gender in influencing voting in the Referendum.

Neema has previously taught at the University of Bristol and University of Manchester in Political Science and Comparative Politics and worked as a demonstrator for Introduction to Quantitative Analysis. Neema has served as Treasurer of the Political Studies Association Early Career Network and Assistant Book Review Editor for the journal Sociology of Race and Ethnicity. She has also worked as Research Assistant on the ESRC-funded project #BristolBrexit - A City Responds to Brexit. Neema has carried out a PhD placement at the British Library working on the 2015 General Election and 2016 EU Referendum Web Archives.


  • –present
    Research Associate, University of Manchester