Department of Political Science


Dr Anna Killick

Anna Killick
Research Fellow
Room: 4.01, 31 Tavistock Sq.
Email: a.killick@ucl.ac.uk



I am a research fellow working on perceptions of the economy. After graduating in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University I worked for the National Consumer Council and Charter88 as Parliamentary Officer. I then taught History and Politics in comprehensive schools before returning to academia. I studied for my doctorate at the University of Southampton, along-side research assistant work on a comparative project on cabinet government and non-academic research into youth poverty in Hampshire.
My doctoral research subject was into perceptions of the economy and I have been working in that area ever since, using qualitative methods to research the beliefs of both everyday and elite actors.


I work on the UKRI funded mental models and political economy (MENMOPE) project based at UCL. This project will investigate contemporary communication and miscommunication, understanding and misunderstanding of the economy. In the MENMOPE project I will be interviewing politicians from a range of parties in five countries to assess how they perceive the economy and frame their presentation of it.
I am keen to extend the use of ethnographic methods within political economy and political science and to contribute to mixed methods approaches. My research groups and networks include the Centre for Political Ethnography, University of Southampton, PSA British and Comparative Political Economy specialist group and PSA Political Interpretivism group.

  • Killick, A. (2020). Rigged: Understanding ‘the Economy’ in Brexit Britain Manchester: Manchester University Press ISBN: 9781526145161
  • Boswell, J., Denham, J., Furlong, J. Killick, A.,  Ndugga, P., Rek, B.,  Ryan, M. and Shipp, J. (2020). ‘Place-based Politics and Nested Deprivation in the U.K.: Beyond Cities-towns, ‘Two Englands’ and the ‘Left Behind’’, Representation, DOI: 10.1080/00344893.2020.1751258 https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00344893.2020.1751258
  • Killick, A. (2020). ‘People living on low incomes already see the economy as ‘rigged’ – so what next after coronavirus?’ The Conversation 1 June 2020 10.44 a.m BST  https://theconversation.com/people-living-on-low-incomes-already-see-the-economy-as-rigged-so-what-next-after-coronavirus-139073]
  • Killick, A. (2019). ‘Help us to move on: practical policy solutions to problems facing young people in Hampshire.  Southampton: Southern Policy Centre http://southernpolicycentre.co.uk/working-with-young-people/
  • Killick, A. (2018). What Do UK Citizens Understand About Austerity? In R.A.W. Rhodes (Ed.) Narrative Policy Analysis (pp. 241-265). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. Part of ISBN: 9783319766348 
  • Killick, A. (2018). Impersonal forces versus a rigged economy: a political ethnographic study of everyday actors’ understanding of ‘the economy’ in post-crisis Britain. Political Studies Association Conference, Cardiff, March 26 2018, Political Economy Specialist group 
  • Killick, A. (2017). ‘Do People Really Lack Knowledge About the Economy? A Reply to Facchini’. The Political Quarterly 88(2), 265-272. DOI: 10.1111/1467-923x.12365 https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/1467-923X.12365