Department of Political Science

Dr Anna Killick

Dr Anna Killick

Research Fellow

Dept of Political Science

Faculty of S&HS

Joined UCL
16th Sep 2019

Research summary

I am research fellow on the UKRI funded mental models and political economy (MENMOPE) project led by Dr Lucy Barnes. This project will investigate contemporary communication and miscommunication, understanding and misunderstanding of the economy. I explored how people understand the term ‘the economy’ for my PhD. I conducted interviews and focus groups in Southampton between 2016 and 2018 on people’s understanding of the economy and key aspects of it, like trade and the effects of migration. My research indicated that the term the economy was contested along income lines. In the MENMOPE project I will be contributing to the development of survey based research into public perceptions of the economy and 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.


Before coming to UCL I was a PhD student and post-doctoral researcher at the University of Southampton. I conducted research for the Southern Policy Centre on deprivation along the south coast, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and on youth deprivation, funded by the Blagrave Trust. I was also the UK research assistant on comparing cabinets across five democracies for an Australian Research Council funded grant managed by Griffith, Southampton and Cambridge Universities. I have taught at Southampton on the undergraduate British politics module and at Birkbeck College on the undergraduate Challenges in Contemporary Politics module. In between my first degree in PPE and starting my PhD I worked as a History and Politics teacher in comprehensive schools and for the National Consumer Council and Charter88 in the NGO sector.