Oliver's main research interests include elections and voting behaviour, public opinion, and survey design and analysis.
Oliver joined the Department in September 2008, having previously held a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Essex and an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the LSE. He holds a BA (Hons) in Social Anthropology from the University of Sussex and an MA in Political Behaviour from the University of Essex, where he also received his doctorate. He has held visiting positions at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) in India, Universidad Simon Bolivar in Venezuela, and the Centre for the Study of Political Change (CiRCap) in Italy.
He has a particular interest in both UK elections and Indian elections. He is the author of Political Research: Methods and Practical Skills (with Sandra Halperin) and has published his work in the Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, European Journal of Political Research, Electoral Studies, Political Behaviour, and Political Studies among others.
He has received funding for his research from the ESRC, British Academy, and Nuffield Foundation, and has written commissioned reports for the Home Office on voluntary participation, citizenship and ethnic diversity and for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on Brexit.
He teaches courses on research methods, elections, and comparative politics, and was recently awarded a College Team Teaching Prize. From January 2018, Oliver will be co-editor of Electoral Studies. He also serves on the Q-Step Strategy Board. His research has appeared in The Washington Post, The New Statesman, The Guardian, The Independent, The Sun, Daily Mirror, and Daily Express among others.
He regularly blogs and occasionally tweets as @olhe.