Oliver Booth


My undergraduate dissertation studied the application of free trade principles to the UK after withdrawal from the EU, with a particular focus on the model used by Singapore. I critiqued the gravity model of trade which has been used by economists and institutions such as the Bank of England in economic forecasts relating to Brexit.

My Masters dissertation examined what the rise of Boris Johnson meant for the trajectory of the Conservative Party. I constructed a database of Conservative MPs which was coded to allow bivariate and multivariate analysis of voting behaviour in the 2019 leadership election and investigated the drivers behind support for Johnson. I used the statecraft framework to analyse Johnson’s leadership of the party and threats to his premiership.

Research interests

My research interests include:

  • British politics
  • Political economy
  • Identity politics


  • BA Business Economics
  • MA International Political Economy