Meet the team

The Crick Centre is a hub organisation, working with a global network of associate fellows, friends and partner organisations.

Centre Director, Dr Kate Dommett

Kate Dommett

Kate is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics.

Her research focuses on digital campaigning and political parties. She has just completed a project looking at what people want from political parties, and is conducting new research on political parties’ use of digital technology.

Find Kate on Twitter: @KateDommett, or learn more about her research at



Postdoctoral Research Associate, Dr Nikki Soo

Nikki is Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Crick Centre.

Nikki’s research focuses on how digital tools are integrated in politics, media, and society. Her doctoral research examined how contemporary constituency service and representation, including integration of digital tools with traditional communication methods, is carried out.

Find Nikki on Twitter @sniksw or find out more about her work at



Dr Matt Flinders

Matt was Founding Director the Sir Bernard Crick Centre.

Matt is on the ESRC Council and is currently working on three main projects: 1. Designing for Democracy – an analysis of the Restoration and Renewal Programme for the Palace of Westminster; (2) The Political Imagination – an evidence-based reflection on the changing nature of the social and political sciences; and (3) The Psychology of Politicians – an inter-disciplinary study of how professional politicians cope with various stressors. Follow him on Twitter @politicalspike and read more about his work here.


Dr Alexandra Anderson

Alexandra is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Crick Centre.

Alexandra’s research is currently focuses on two projects: (1) Designing for Democracy – an analysis of the Restoration and Renewal Programme for the Palace of Westminster; (2) Fit for the Future – a project that examines current and future research development and leadership in the social sciences. Her doctoral research focused on eighteenth-century French and British historiography, and historians’ engagement with a broader audience and public through the inflection of cultural and political norms. Find Alexandra on twitter @andsanderson.


Dr James Weinberg

James is a postdoctoral researcher on the Q-Step programme at the University of Sheffield and an Associate Fellow of the Crick Centre.

Alongside his interdisciplinary work in the field of political psychology, James has a keen research interest in the practice and politics of citizenship education. James wrote his doctorate on the basic values of parliamentarians in the UK and the ways that personality characteristics impact upon how and why Members of Parliament ‘represent’. Find James on Twitter @JamesWeinberg1.



Indra Mangule, Crick PhD student

Indra is a Research Associate at the Crick Centre.

She is currently pursuing a PhD in Mainstreaming Deliberative Mechanisms using a civic republican theoretical approach. Her thesis seeks to establish an analytical framework for evaluating deliberative mechanisms of participation and uses a deliberative republican approach to democratic theory as its core framing doctrine. Prior to joining the Crick Centre, Indra worked as a policy analyst at Centre for Public Policy PROVIDUS, in Riga, Latvia. She holds a degree in Politics and Philosophy from University of Glasgow and a MSc in Democracy and Democratisation from University College London.



Alexandra Meakin, Crick Phd student

Alexandra is a Research Associate at the Crick Centre.

She is undertaking a PhD in the Department of Politics, examining parliamentary governance and the politics of the Restoration and Renewal of the Palace of Westminster. She previously spent over a decade working for MPs and for House of Commons Select Committees. Follow her on Twitter @A_Meakin