Dr. Todd Hartman

Todd tells us why he's being kept on his academic toes for the last few years and why he's reading 'Life in the UK'.

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Favourite quote
Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard' – H.L. Mencken

Describe your job in three words
Advancing scientific knowledge

How long have you worked for The University of Sheffield?
Since 2014. What fun it has been studying politics in the UK: 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum; 2015 General Election; 2016 ER Referendum; 2017 General Election…!

What do you enjoy about the work you do?
Learning new things and being challenged on a regular basis; engaging with and supporting students; data, data, data….

And how did you get involved with the SMI?
We hit it off after the first date and have been in a steady relationship ever since. The traditional 5-year anniversary is wood, so maybe I’ll get a new desk!

Why is your area of scientific discovery important (or relevant) for the ordinary citizen of this country?
Science is a way of collecting good evidence, which should inform decision-making, governance, and help us tackle the most pressing problems facing humanity.

What is currently on your bedside table?
Life in the United Kingdom: a guide for new residents (I have to pass the citizenship test to remain here!)

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Why Numbers Matter

SMI's series on why it's important to get numbers right.

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