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City, University of London
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Dr Sally Stares joined City University in September 2014, as a lecturer in City’s Q-Step Centre. She previously worked in the Department of Methodology at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she taught quantitative data analysis. She is part of the teaching team for Q-Step modules for undergraduate students, and Director of the SASS-wide MSc in Research Methods.


  1. PhD in Social Psychology, London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom
  2. MSc in Research Methods (Social Psychology), London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom
  3. MA in Social and Political Sciences, University of Cambridge (Murray Edwards College), United Kingdom


Research Interests

Dr Stares’ research is focused on the theme of social measurement, particularly of social attitudes, perceptions and values. She is interested in how empirical analysis informs and improves our understanding of the concepts that are the architecture of social science research. Her work entails three lines of enquiry: a technical focus on the use of multivariate analyses; a substantive goal of yielding the best insights on public perceptions from (primarily) survey data; and a reflective component commenting on the uses of quantitative evidence by a range of actors within and outside academia.

Her current research is focussed substantively on public opinion on science and technology, particularly on autonomous vehicles and automated journalism.


Chapters (8)

  1. Mejlgaard, N. and Stares, S. (2012). Validating survey measures of scientific citizenship. The Culture of Science: How the Public Relates to Science across the Globe (pp. 418–435). ISBN 978-0-203-81362-1.
  2. Stares, S. (2012). Using latent trait models to assess cross-national scales of the publics knowledge about science and technology. The Culture of Science: How the Public Relates to Science across the Globe (pp. 241–261). ISBN 978-0-203-81362-1.
  3. Stares, S., Deel, S. and Timms, J. (2012). Bordering on the unknown: approaches to global civil society data. In Kaldor, M., Moore, H.L. and Selchow, S. (Eds.), Global Civil Society 2012: Ten Years of Critical Reflection London: Palgrave.
  4. Gaskell, G., Stares, S. and Kronberger, N. (2011). The public’s view of science. Successful Science Communication (pp. 60–76). ISBN 978-1-107-00332-3.
  5. Gaskell, G., Stares, S. and Fischler, C. (2010). Have GM crops and food a future in Europe? Successful Agricultural Innovation in Emerging Economies: New Genetic Technologies for Global Food Production (pp. 331–347). ISBN 978-1-107-02670-4.
  6. Stares, S. (2009). Global civil society and poverty statistics. In Kumar, A., Scholte, J.A., Kaldor, M., Seckinelgin, H. and Anheier, H. (Eds.), Global Civil Society Yearbook 2009: Poverty and Activism London: Sage.
  7. Anheier, H., Stares, S. and Grenier, P. (2004). Social capital and life satisfaction. In Arts, W. and Halman, L. (Eds.), European Values at the Turn of the Millennium Leiden: Brill.
  8. Anheier, H. and Stares, S. (2002). Introducing the Global Civil Society Index. In Glasius, M., Kaldor, M. and Anheier, H. (Eds.), Global Civil Society 2002 Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Journal articles (9)

  1. Cohen, T., Stilgoe, J., Stares, S., Akyelken, N., Cavoli, C., Day, J. … Wigley, E. (2020). A constructive role for social science in the development of automated vehicles. Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives, 6, pp. 100133–100133. doi:10.1016/j.trip.2020.100133.
  2. Tennant, C., Stares, S. and Howard, S. (2019). Public discomfort at the prospect of autonomous vehicles: Building on previous surveys to measure attitudes in 11 countries. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 64, pp. 98–118. doi:10.1016/j.trf.2019.04.017.
  3. Allum, N., Allansdottir, A., Gaskell, G., Hampel, J., Jackson, J., Moldovan, A. … Stoneman, P. (2017). Religion and the public ethics of stem-cell research: Attitudes in Europe, Canada and the United States. PLoS ONE, 12(4). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0176274.
  4. Mejlgaard, N. and Stares, S. (2013). Performed and preferred participation in science and technology across Europe: Exploring an alternative idea of "democratic deficit". Public Understanding of Science, 22(6), pp. 660–673. doi:10.1177/0963662512446560.
  5. Gaskell, G., Stares, S. and Pottage, A. (2012). How Europe's ethical divide looms over biotech law and patents. Nature Biotechnology, 30(5), pp. 392–394. doi:10.1038/nbt.2201.
  6. Jackson, J., Bradford, B., Hough, M., Kuha, J., Stares, S., Widdop, S. … Galev, T. (2011). Developing European indicators of trust in justice. European Journal of Criminology, 8(4), pp. 267–285. doi:10.1177/1477370811411458.
  7. (2011). The 2010 Eurobarometer on the life sciences. Nature Biotechnology, 29(2), pp. 113–114. doi:10.1038/nbt.1771.
  8. Mejlgaard, N. and Stares, S. (2010). Participation and competence as joint components in a cross-national analysis of scientific citizenship. Public Understanding of Science, 19(5), pp. 545–561. doi:10.1177/0963662509335456.
  9. Stares, S. (2009). Using latent class models to explore cross-national typologies of Public engagement with Science and technology in Europe. Science, Technology and Society, 14(2), pp. 289–329. doi:10.1177/097172180901400205.

Reports (4)

  1. Barnes, M., Stares, S., Wood, C., Vibert, S. and Lord, C. (2017). Poverty in Perspective: A typology of poverty in Scotland. Edinburgh: The Scottish Government. ISBN 978-1-78652-873-5.
  2. Gaskell, G., Stares, S., Allansdottir, A., Allum, N., Castro, P., Fischler, C. … Wagner, W. (2010). Europeans and Biotechnology in 2010: Winds of change? (Eurobarometer 73.1): Report to the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research..
  3. Gaskell, G., Allum, N. and Stares, S. (2003). Europeans and Biotechnology in 2002 (Eurobarometer 58.0): Report to the EC Directorate General for Research from the project 'Life Sciences in European Society’..
  4. Gaskell, G., Stares, S., Allansdottir, A., Allum, N., Corchero, C., Fischler, C. … Wagner, W. Europeans and Biotechnology in 2005: Patterns and trends (Eurobarometer 64.3): Report to the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research..