Luke Temple

  Luke Temple


Room number: E18
Telephone (internal): 27955
Telephone (UK): 0114 222 7955
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Luke Temple joined the department as a Teaching Assistant in September 2016. He has a BA in Geography and Politics and an MSc in Social and Spatial Inequalities, both from the University of Sheffield. He is currently in the final stages of his PhD. He has recently worked on the European-wide Livewhat Project (‘Living with hard times’ – citizens’ resilience in times of crisis) and as assistant editor of the British Politics and Policy blog, at the London School of Economics.


Research Interests

  • Democratic theory and democratization
  • Political participation
  • Policy responses to economic crisis
  • Patterns of digital engagement

Current Research

Luke is a Research Associate, since March 2014, on the EU FP7 collaborative project in the Department of Politics:

Living with Hard Times: How European Citizens Deal with Economic Crises and Their Social and Political Consequences (LIVEWHAT)

Awarding Body: European Commission Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) on Citizens’ Resilience in Times of Crisis

People Involved: Maria Grasso and partners from other European institutions in a consortium led by Marco Giugni (University of Geneva)

Amount: €220,700 Dr. Grasso (€2,499,366 for the whole consortium)

Duration: 36 months from 1 December, 2013.


Twitter: @LIVEWHATproject

Abstract: The proposed research deals with citizens’ reactions to economic crises and their social and political consequences. It examines in particular the ways in which European citizens have reacted to the crisis that, at different degree of intensity in different countries, struck Europe since 2008, but also how they deal with economic crises and their consequences more generally. We examine both individual and collective responses by citizens, both the “private” and the “public” dimensions of such responses, and both political and non-political responses. In addition, while the focus of the research is on citizens’ responses, we also examine policy responses so as to have a baseline for assessing citizens’ reactions to crises. The project has three main objectives:

(1) to provide systematic evidence of the ways in which European citizens react to economic crises and their social and political consequences, both individually and collectively;

(2) to advance knowledge on the connections between individual factors, contextual factors, and the ways in which European citizens react to economic crises and their social and political consequences; and

(3) to suggest a number of good practices as to how to deal with economic crises, both at the social and political level, through which their negative consequences on European citizens can be avoided or limited.

The project’s objectives are addressed by means of six main types of data and methods:

(1) the creation of a cross-national comparative dataset on economic, social, and political indicators;

(2) an analysis of policy responses to crises;

(3) an analysis of collective responses to crises in the public domain;

(4) an analysis of individual responses to crises by private citizens;

(5) experiments designed to assess causal effects of different dimensions of crises on citizens’ attitudes and behaviours; and

(6) an analysis of alternative forms of resilience in times of crisis.


Luke currently teaches on:

  • GEO257 – Qualitative Research
  • GEO358 – Extended Essays
  • GEO256 – Statistical Analysis for Geography and Environmental Science
  • GEO243 – Political Geographies
  • GEO381 – Geography, Politics and Society
  • GEO252 – Lesvos Field Trip

And has experience teaching:

  • GEO152 - Statistical Data Analysis in Geography
  • GEO256 - Researching Human Geographies
  • GEO6019 - Global Inequalities
  • GEO6024 - Advanced Quantitative Methods

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