Professor Hugh Bochel, School of Social and Political Sciences
Professor Bochel's collection and analysis of Scottish local election results came about because there was no other official source. The data collected proved extremely useful, and is now used by the Electoral Commission, the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish government.
Prof Bochel and his colleagues were able to use the information to consider how people were elected as councillors, and how they progressed to becoming council leaders. Those findings then fed into a growing body of thought that assesses how ordinary citizens can have a say, and get their ideas into the political process.