The Centre for Political and Legal Analytics

The Centre for Political and Legal Analytics (CPLA) serves as the School of Law and Politics's hub for sharing knowledge about quantitative data analytics.

We undertake research on political and legal questions using quantitative data, including big data sources. This research builds on existing strengths in the School of Law and Politics, which include the study of:

  • law and society
  • global justice
  • human rights
  • electoral politics
  • cybersecurity
  • global politics
  • legislative politics and institutions.


Our research agenda focuses on leveraging the use of novel or previously untapped date sources with cutting-edge quantitative and mixed methods. Our goal is to work with researchers to develop these date sources using quantitative analytical approaches.

We aim to make contributions to the study of Politics/Political Science, International Relations, and Law. Our emphasis is to generate generalizable findings that advance research in the respective fields and help further the use of quantitative data and methods in the study of law and politics.

We seek to develop connections and collaborations with Centres across School, University, and the wider academic community.


Professor René Lindstädt

Professor René Lindstädt

Head of School, Professor of Law, Professor of Politics

+44 (0)29 2087 4026

Academic staff

Dr Christian Arnold

Lecturer in Politics

+44 (0)29 2068 8824

Associated staff

Dr Kevin Fahey

Research Fellow


Dr Zach Warner

Research Fellow

(0)29 2087 0055

Our official launch will take place on 24 July 2018 in Room 1.29, Law Building between 12-1pm