Will Allen is a Researcher at COMPAS, working with the Global Exchange on Migration and Diversity at the University of Oxford. His research areas are in political communication and public opinion, particularly how media relate to immigration attitudes and policymaking. Currently, he is focusing on data visualisations about migration and mobility as brokered outputs that relate to public perceptions and political behaviour. He is also developing theories of knowledge exchange among migration researchers and the wider public, in order to inform more effective practice.
From 2012 to 2018 he was a Research Officer with the Migration Observatory, also at COMPAS, where he developed and led research on British media coverage about migration issues and specific migrant groups. He also continues to hold interests in how technologies and large-scale data collection relate to human mobility and policymaking.
Recent publications on these subjects have appeared in journals including The International Journal of Press/Politics, International Migration Review, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, and Public Understanding of Science. Notably, his research investigating how British civil society groups use data and evidence won the inaugural 2016 Carol Weiss Prize for the best early-career paper recently published in the journal Evidence & Policy.
He holds degrees in Social Policy and Economics from Alma College (USA), Development Studies (Oxford), and Politics (Oxford).
Will welcomes expressions of interest from students whose proposed projects involve any of the following, using either quantitative or qualitative techniques: media, public attitudes, evidence and policymaking, borders, data and data visualisation.
Personal Website: http://www.wlallen.com/
William Allen and Rob McNeil
Book Chapters | March 2019
Journal Articles | May 2018
Other Publications | April 2018
Journal Articles | February 2018
Other Publications | December 2017
Journal Articles | August 2017
Journal Articles | June 2017
Journal Articles | June 2016
Journal Articles | March 2016
Journal Articles | January 2016
Other Publications | December 2015
Journal Articles | October 2015
Journal Articles | April 2015
Journal Articles | December 2014
Other Publications | October 2014
Reports | September 2014
Reports | August 2014
Working Papers | January 2014
Journal Articles | November 2013
Reports | January 2013
Reports | December 2012
William Allen | 2013 – 2015
William Allen | 2013
William Allen and COMPAS Communications | May 2017 - May 2019
William Allen and COMPAS Communications | June 2012 – May 2013
William Allen | March 2017 - October 2017
Carlos Vargas-Silva, Madeleine Sumption, Rob McNeil and William Allen | January 2017 - December 2019
William Allen | January 2014 – September 2015
Jacqui Broadhead, William Allen, Mariña Fernández-Reino, Denis Kierans and Madeleine Sumption | July 2020 - June 2021