George Aylett

George Aylett


I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics from the University of Hull, achieving a 2:1 after three years of study followed by a Merit in MA History at the same institution. My four years as a student at the University of Hull awakened my passion for political research and subsequently I began to work on my PhD thesis in the following academic year.

I began my studies as a Postgraduate Researcher at the University of Leeds in October 2019 and I am currently assisting the teaching of SOEE1450 Environmental Politics and Policy, PIED1100 British Politics and PIED1110 Comparative Politics modules.

Modules I have previously assisted:
- SOEE5472 Environmental Policy and Governance (2021/22, semester one)
- PIED1110 Comparative Politics (2020/21, semester two)
- SOEE1450 Environmental Politics and Policy (2020/21, semester two)

In the 2020/21 academic year I was nominated for a Leeds Partnership Award – the awards celebrate 'students and staff who have gone above and beyond to make the Leeds learning experience so brilliant'. I have media experience after previously appearing on the BBC and LBC, contributing to a variety of political debates from a left wing perspective. I have also written for VICE UK and Mutual Interest Media.

View my LinkedIn profile if you would like to see my work/volunteering experience and my Twitter profile if you are interested in reading more on my political opinions.


  • Teaching Assistant
  • Education Outreach Fellow

Research interests

My initial proposal focused on the 2017 general election and how the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn gained their highest increase in Labour’s share of the vote since 1945 after polling at historic lows in the two years prior. 

However, after numerous discussions with my supervisors, I decided to shift my focus by instead aiming to establish a new leadership model evaluating the effectiveness of opposition party leaders looking specifically at the Labour Party under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn from 2015 - 2020.

This Partycraft model is broadly derived from Bulpitt’s Statecraft theory. Statecraft is useful for looking at the leadership of a party in government but can not be applied to opposition parties. For this reason, my research into the Partycraft model is designed so that the effectiveness of both historic and contemporary opposition leaders may be measured.

My research interests are:

  • British politics
  • Contemporary history
  • Left wing activism
  • Socialism
  • Trade unionism
  • Environmentalism
  • Vexillology
  • The UK Labour Party
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  • BA Politics
  • MA History

Research groups and institutes

  • Postgraduate research