Mariam Cook

Advanced Quantitative Methods

PhD Researcher in Advanced Quantitative Methods (ESRC 1+3)
Q-Step Centre, College of Social Sciences and International, University of Exeter

Start date: October 2019

Research topic: A framework for democratic advance: connecting political opinion, policy, and outcomes beyond GDP

My research looks at the application of Advanced Quantitative Methods to support scalable democratic participation and policy making that incorporates wellbeing and sustainability outcome tracking and goal setting. Methodologically I am applying Natural Language Processing (NLP), probabilistic and graph-based techniques in the development of a computational framework that spans argument mining, policy analysis and econometrics. My work is inspired by two normative drivers: strengthening democracy through increasing citizen agency, and supporting fairness and sustainability as per the ‘Beyond GDP’ agenda.

Research supervisors: Professor Gabriel Katz, Professor Nick Pearce