Politics staff

Lecturers in Politics, Dr Marta Cantijoch and Dr Rob Ford

Rob Ford and Marta Cantijoch
Dr Rob Ford and Dr Marta Cantijoch

Marta Cantijoch is a Lecturer in Politics at The University of Manchester. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and joined The University of Manchester in 2010 as a Research Associate in the Institute for Social Change.

Marta has extensive experience teaching courses on quantitative methods and political behaviour to postgraduate and undergraduate students. Her research interests include political behaviour, political participation, elections and voting, political communication and the effects of new media. She is particularly interested in how citizens use the internet to engage in politics.

Rob Ford joined the politics department as a Lecturer in 2012. Prior to this he worked in the Institute for Social Change as a Hallsworth Research Fellow and as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research. He completed a DPhil in Sociology at Nuffield College, Oxford University in 2007.

Rob's work focuses on public opinion and voting behaviour in Britain and comparatively. He has recently completed the first academic study of support for UKIP, and is currently working on projects examining immigration attitudes, anti-racism social norms, and attitudes to the welfare state. He has been employed as a BBC consultant psephologist for their coverage of general, devolved, European and local elections since 2005.