Dr William Allen

William L. Allen Research Affiliate


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/


BordersCivil SocietyPoliticsPublic Opinion

News & Blogs

Does economic evidence about immigration impact public attitudes?

William Allen, Kristoffer Ahlstrom-Vij, Heather Rolfe, Johnny Runge  

Who Counts in Crises?

William Allen


Migration in the Media and Public Opinion in Britain

William Allen and COMPAS Communications | June 2012 – May 2013

Role of European Mobility and its Impacts in Narratives, Debates and EU Reforms (REMINDER)

Carlos Vargas-Silva, Madeleine Sumption, Rob McNeil and William Allen | January 2017 - December 2019

Seeing Data: Are Good Big Data Visualisations Possible?

William Allen | January 2014 – September 2015

Tracking Public Attitudes and Preferences for Post-COVID-19 Labour Migration Policies

Jacqui Broadhead, William Allen, Mariña Fernández-Reino, Denis Kierans and Madeleine Sumption | July 2020 - June 2021

Understanding Attitudes and Policy Preferences in Response to South-South Migration

Carlos Vargas-Silva and William Allen | May 2020 - November 2021