Article in Bournemouth University publication on UK General Election

Dr Filippo Trevisan (University of Glasgow) and I have an article in a new publication on the 2015 UK General Election edited by Dr Dan Jackson and Dr Einar Thorsen from Bournemouth University.

We analysed Google search trends for UKIP and the three main parties (Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats) in the three months prior to the UK General Election in May 2015. We also looked at the the volume of searches for UKIP leader Nigel Farage in comparison to the leaders of the other parties during this period.

The full reference for our article is:

Trevisan, F and Reilly, P. (2015) UKIP: The Web’s Darling? In Jackson, D and Thorsen, E. (eds) UK Election Analysis 2015: Media, Voters and the Campaign, The Centre for the Study of Journalism, Culture and Community, Bournemouth University,
Poole, England, pp.76-77.

Poster presented at ISA Conference, 19 March 2015

Yesterday Dr Filippo Trevisan (University of Glasgow) and I shared our latest findings from our work on Google search trends at the International Studies Association Annual Convention in New Orleans. We explored search trends relating to the Five Star Movement and UKIP in the run up to the European Parliament Elections in May 2014.

Many thanks to the Ken Rogerson and colleagues in the International Communication section for their feedback.

Entitled ‘Tracking Citizen Interest in Anti-Establishment Parties with Google Trends,’ this poster can be downloaded here