Dr Paul Stoneman

Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
Humanities and Social Sciences
Chelmsford ,
Areas of Expertise:
Criminology , Policing , Sociology
Research Supervision:
Courses taught:

Paul is a social scientist who specialises in quantitative methods and trust in institutions. His current interests relate to confidence in the police and attitudes towards punitive justice.

Email: [email protected]


Paul is an inter-disciplinary university lecturer in the social sciences with over 10 years of experience teaching quantitative methods, criminology, sociology, and politics at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level. He also has over 15 years of experience designing, managing, and implementing research projects and working with numerous stakeholders on a consultancy basis. More recently, Paul was principal investigator for the World Values Survey (Northern Ireland), co-editor for the SAGE research methods textbook, Research Social Life, and convener on ESRC recognised MSc Research Methods programmes of study.

Research interests
  • Quantitative methods
  • Natural language processing
  • Social and political attitudes
  • Attitudes towards punitive justice
  • Confidence in the Police
  • Public understandings of science and medicine
Areas of research supervision

I am happy to consider supervising any students interested in researching politics or crime especially if utilising quantitative methods.

Recent PhD students seen to completion:

  • Acheinu Iseko. Thesis title: Understanding the use of social networking sites by professional employees in the UK.

Paul currently teaches on the following modules:

  • Introduction to Contemporary Issues in Criminology
  • Making a Difference
  • Media, Society, and Crime
  • PhD Political Science
  • MA in United States Government and Politics
  • BA Politics
Memberships, editorial boards
  • Higher Education Academy (Fellow)
Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange
  • Principal Investigator, ‘World Values Survey, Northern Ireland’, December 2021-May 2023, £80,000
  • Co-investigator, ‘ESRC Local Acceleration Fund (LAF): Work/Place – London Returning’, December 2021-August 2022, £75,000
  • Co-investigator, ‘Social media and sleep: ethical agendas in the digital age', October 2016-October 2017, £50,000
  • Co-investigator, ‘HomeSAFE: Engaging and exploring LGBT*Q tenant experiences, concerns and preferences about social housing’, May 2016-July 2017, £50,000
Selected recent publications
  • McCarthy, D., Stoneman, P. & Lawrence Ka Ki Ho (2022) Explaining confidence in the police within transitional Hong Kong: the influence of postmaterial values, Policing and Society, DOI: 10.1080/10439463.2022.2055019
  • King, K, Allum, N, Stoneman, P & Cernat, A (2021), 'Estimating Measurement Equivalence of the 12-Item General Health Questionnaire across different racial-ethnic groups in the UK', Psychological Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0033291721003408
  • Allum, Nick; Allansdottir, Agnes; Gaskell, George; Hampel, Jürgen; Jackson, Jonathan; Moldovan, Andreea; Priest, Susanna; Stares, Sally and Stoneman, Paul. (2017). ‘Religion and the public ethics of stem-cell research: Attitudes in Europe, Canada and the United States’. PLoS ONE, 12(4), e0176274. ISSN 1932-6203
  • Gilbert, N. and Stoneman, P. (2015) Researching Social Life: 4th Edition. SAGE
Recent presentations and conferences

Stoneman, P. and Wright, J. (2023) ‘Moral Foundations and Political Identity in the UK’. Presentation at: International Political Science Association, 27th World Congress of Political Science, Buenos Aires, 16th June, 2023

Stoneman, P. and Wright, J. (2022) ‘The UK in the World Values Survey’. Presentation at: Social Change Initiative, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 8th November, 2022

Stoneman, P. and Malcolm, F. (2022) ‘Trust in scientific experts across Europe’. Presentation at: PERITIA AGM, Berlin, 20th June, 2022

Stoneman, P. (2022) ‘Public understanding and engagement with science’. Presentation at PERITIA project disinformation workshop, London School of Economics, 29th May, 2022

Allum, N., Stoneman, P., and King, K. (2019) ‘Race and measurement invariance’. Paper presented at the European Survey Research Association 2019 conference (Zagreb) in the session on Investigating the Cross-Cultural Equivalence of the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ)

Media experience

European Science-Media Hub (July 2022) "Interview with Dr. Paul Stoneman: We see an increase in polarisation of complete trust or no trust at all in scientists"

India Education Diary (July 2022) "Protecting Reputations And Making Money Seen As Motivating Covid Responses

Irish Times (June 2022) "Irish people trust science – so why don’t we take climate change more seriously? Unthinkable: Examining ‘cognitive processes within populations’ can help to explain the gap between information and action

The Economist (June 2022) "Which European countries know the least about climate change? A new survey finds people underestimate the scientific consensus"