Department of Political Science


Josh Goddard

Josh's research focuses on the relationships between housing and voting behaviour.

Josh stands outside by an tree with orange leaves. He is wearing a pink tshirt with a dark blue shirt with small white dots on top of it.
Room: 1.02/1.03, 36-38 Gordon Sq.
Email: joshua.goddard.22@ucl.ac.uk
Twitter: @JoshGoddard98



Josh is a first-year PhD student in the Political Science department. Prior to joining UCL, he completed a BA in Politics and Parliamentary Studies at the University of Leeds, and an MA in Political Science from the University of Manchester.

PhD Title:

Housing and the socio-structural basis of electoral politics in advanced democracies.


Significant developments in housing markets over recent decades have engendered a transformation in the social structures of advanced democracies. Asset price inflation, financialisation, and growing geographic divides have increased the scale and salience of housing-based inequalities between classes, generations, and regions, causing housing markets to become increasingly central drivers of social stratification. However, despite this, scholarship on the (shifting) relationship between social structure and electoral politics has largely overlooked housing and assets: voters’ economic circumstances remain principally conceptualised in terms of their labour market positions, and whilst the electoral ramifications of numerous important socio-structural developments, such as globalisation or the expansion of higher education, have been comprehensively considered, the same cannot be said for the transformations of housing markets. My research aims to address this gap.

Research Summary:

Josh is interested in political economy and voting behaviour, and specifically researches the relationship between housing, asset price inflation and electoral politics.

Research Groups:

  • Comparative Political Economy and Behaviour.

Research Themes:

  • Political economy
  • Voting behaviour
  • Party systems
  • Social structure and electoral politics
  • Housing

Teaching Summary:

I will be teaching on the PUBL0086: Qualitative Methods: Case Studies and Comparative Analysis course academic year 2023/2024.