Dr Raul Gomez
Position: Lecturer in Sociology
Subject area: Social Science
My areas of expertise are Political Sociology and Quantitative Methods. Students are encouraged to contact me for an appointment to discuss their applied research projects and/or methodological questions.
I lead on the following modules: Political Participation: Elections, Social Movements and Protest; Researching the Social World; Social Research Methods 1, and Social Research Methods 2.
I am also part of the teaching team of Thinking Sociologically; Capitalism, Culture and Class: Social Theory in Classical Modernity; Applied Research Project; and Independent Study Project.
My interests lie in Comparative Political Behaviour; Public Opinion; Political Attitudes, and Quantitative Methods. In particular, I am interested in the following research areas:
- Radical Left Parties;
- Gender differences in political engagement;
- Generational differences in political behaviour and attitudes;
- Vote-switching and electoral volatility;
- Attitudes to the EU;
I am currently a co-investigator on the following research projects:
"The determinants of radical left parties' electoral support in Western Europe"
"A Study of the Persistent Gender Gap in Politics in Spain (GENPOL)" (provisional website: http://www.ipp.csic.es/en/node/287667)
"Do traditional 'get out the vote' campaign methods work in Spain? A pilot experiment on non-partisan mobilisation of immigrant and native voters".
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- Member of the European Political Science Association
- Doctor-member of the Carlos 3-Juan March Institute for Social Research in Madrid
- MA in Social Sciences, CEACS - Juan March Institute
- MRes in Political Theory and Democratic Theory, Autonomous University of Madrid
- MRes in Social and Political Sciences, European University Institute
- Postgraduate Certificate in HE, University of Derby
- PhD in Social and Political Sciences, European University Institute
Articles in peer-reviewed journals
- Fraile, M. and R. Gomez. 2015 (forthcoming) "Why does Alejandro know more about Politics than Catalina? Explaining the Latin American Gender Gap in Political Knowledge" British Journal of Political Science.
- Gomez, R. 2014 "The Economy Strikes Back. Economic Conditions and Support for the EU during the Great Recession." Journal of Common Market Studies. DOI: 10.1111/jcms.12183.
- Riera, P, P. Barbera, R. Gomez, JA. Mayoral, and JR. Montero. 2013. "The electoral consequences of corruption scandals in Spain", Crime, Law and Social Change. (Published online first, Sept. 2013)
- Gomez, R. 2013. "All that you can(not) leave behind. Habituation and vote loyalty in the Netherlands." Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, 23(2), pp.134-153.
- Verge, T. and Gomez, R. 2012. "Factionalism in multi-level contexts: When party organisation becomes a device". Party Politics 18 (5): 667-685. (equal co-authorship with Tania Verge).
- Gomez, R. and S. Perez-Nievas. 2009. "Faccionalismo e Integracion Vertical en Contextos Multinivel. El caso del Partido Nacionalista Vasco (PNV) (Factionalism and Vertical Integration in Multilevel Contexts. The case of the Basque Nationalist Party (PNV))". PAPERS: Revista de Sociologia, 920. Pp. 97-117.
Chapters in edited books
- Gomez, R. and T. Verge 2012. "Party Patronage in Spain: Appointments for Party Government" in Mair, Peter, Pter Kopecky and Maria Spirova (eds.) Party Government and Party Patronage: Public Appointments and Political Control in European Democracies. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Barbera, P., R. Gomez, JA Mayoral, JR Montero, and P. Riera. 2011. "The electoral behaviour of Spanish people in local elections. A multi-level approach." Commissioned by the Spanish Centre for Sociological Research.
- Ferrin, M., M. Fraile, G. Garcia and R. Gomez. "Exploring inequalities in political knowledge: An experiment
comparing visual and verbal knowledge". EPSA Conference, Edinburgh, June 2014.
- Ferrin, M., M. Fraile, G. Garcia and R. Gomez. "What is Politics? An empirical assessment of the meaning
of politics".EPSA Conference, Edinburgh, June 2014.Fraile, M and R. Gomez. 'Contextual Determinants of the Latin American Gender Gap in Political knowledge'. Elections, Public Opinion and Parties (EPOP) Conference. Lancaster University, 13-15 Sept. 2013.
- Tonge, J. and R. Gomez. 'Still For God and Ulster? A Membership Survey of the Democratic Unionist Party in Northern Ireland'. Elections, Public Opinion and Parties (EPOP) Conference. Lancaster University, 13-15 Sept. 2013.
- Barbera, P, R. Gomez, JA. Mayoral, JR. Montero, and P. Riera "The Electoral Consequences of Political Scandals in Spain". 22nd World Congress of Political Science, Madrid. 11 July 2012
- Gomez, R. "Is the island moving, or is it us? The dynamics of vote-switching in six Western European countries". 11th Conference of the Dutch-Flemish Political Science Association. Amsterdam, Netherlands. 31 May - 1 June 2012.
- Gomez, R."Dancing Apart, Together: How Individuals Move When We See Electoral Change". Annual General Conference of the European Political Science Association. Dublin, Ireland. 16-20 June 2011.
- Beaudonnet, L., and R. Gomez "Is the Grass Always Greener on the Other Side? Explaining citizens' trust in European institutions". Annual General Conference of the European Political Science Association. Dublin, Ireland. 16-20 June 2011.
- Di Mascio, F., C. Jalali, T. Pappas, T. Verge, and R. Gomez "Southern European Party Patronage in Comparative Perspective". Conference of the Political Studies Association. Edinburgh, 29 March - 1 April 2010.
- Gomez, R. and T. Verge "Factionalism in multi-level contexts: When party organisation becomes a device". General Conference of the European Council for Political Research (ECPR). Potsdam, Germany. 10-12 September 2009.