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Dr Ian Cooper

Dr Ian Cooper

Teaching Associate at the Department of Politics and International Studies


Originally from Warwickshire, Ian completed his Masters degree at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and his doctorate at the University of Oxford. Before joining POLIS he worked as a lecturer in politics at the University of Oxford.
Ian is married with three children.

Research Interests

Ian's research focuses upon democratisation in sub-Saharan Africa. His doctoral work explored three aspects of contemporary politics in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana: why presidential succession crises cause some parties to split whilst leaving others unscathed; what parties wish to achieve and why these objectives are chosen; and why opposition voting is often acutely volatile. He is also interested in electoral politics as practised elsewhere in southern Africa, especially Zimbabwe, Zambia, Angola and Mozambique.