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Dr Sarah Cohen

Senior Lecturer

Department: Social Sciences

Dr Sarah Cohen is a senior lecturer in Social Sciences and part of the International Relations & Politics programme team. Sarah completed her undergraduate degree in Economics (BA Hons 2.i) at the University of Liverpool, and then started a career as a Chartered Accountant, training with Ernst & Young. Sarah later returned to the University of York and completed an MA Public Administration and Public Policy (with distinction). Followed by completing her PhD at the University of Sheffield in 2008, which focused on environmental policy. Since working at Northumbria University Sarah has led and taught on both undergraduate and masters level programmes. Recently Sarah's research interests have developed further to explore ideology, public opinion and political parties, primarily in the UK.

Sarah Cohen

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Sarah Cohen’s research focuses on ideology, examining public opinion and political parties and understanding how core values affect this relationship. Her recent paper in the British Journal of Political Science examines ideological change in Britain over the last four decades. Her current research seeks to further explore the role of values and identity in polarizing behaviour. Sarah also has a long standing interest in environmental politics which includes examining the relationship between environmental and economic policy goals and actions. 

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Advantages, Challenges and Limitations of Audit Experiments with Constituents, Bischof, D., Cohen, G., Cohen, S., Foos, F., Kuhn, P., Nanou, K., Visalvanich, N., Vivyan, N. 8 Aug 2021, In: Political Studies Review
  • Depolarization, Repolarization and Redistributive Ideological Change in Britain, 1983-2016, Cohen, G., Cohen, S. 1 Jul 2021, In: British Journal of Political Science
  • Global Environmental Politics: Sustainable Development, Climate Change and the Energy Dilemma, Cohen, S. 7 Aug 2019, Understanding Global Politics, London, Taylor & Francis
  • Labour Party Anti-Communism and its Limits: The Case of Sam Watson, Cohen, S. 2014, In: Socialist History
  • The Conservative Party: Fighting the Cold War from Within, Cohen, S. Apr 2014, 64th Political Studies Association Annual International Conference
  • Varieties of Conservative Anti-Communism, Cohen, S., Cohen, G. Jun 2014, Britain and the World Conference
  • Newcastle Citizens Assembly Evaluation [Final report], Davidson, G., Patel, S., Lilley, S., Cohen, S. May 2011


  • PhD June 30 2008
  • MA September 01 1998
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2004

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