Joe Twyman

One of Britain’s best known and most respected political pollsters; co-founder and director of Deltapoll

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Formerly Head of Political and Social Research at YouGov
Published a number of academic research papers
Provides expert analysis for TV, radio and newspapers

One of Britain’s best known political pollsters, Joe Twyman is Co-Founder and Director of the global public opinion consultancy Deltapoll and is a pioneer of using the internet for conducting opinion research.

Previously he was a director at the founding of YouGov in 2000, holding a variety of senior positions within that company and was responsible for building their online research operations.

He also spent two and a half years in Baghdad as a director of YouGov’s Iraq operation from 2007 to 2010.

Joe has published a number of academic research papers, worked as project director for five British Election Studies and frequently provides expert analysis for TV, radio and newspapers both at home and abroad.

Suggested Talks:

Vampires, Vibrators and Pret-a-Manger: A Story of Big Data: This talk looks at the development of Big Data generally and its use in the world of public opinion research specifically. This includes speculation on what the future might look like due to big data, blockchain, and artificial intelligence.

Are We All [Doomed]? Over the last decade British politics has gone through a series of enormous events that have changed the way we think about everything from public policy to the very nature of democracy. This talk explores how British politics got to where it is today – and where things might go next.

Making Numbers Count: This is a step-by-step guide to critically evaluating third party public opinion data, going through a series of important questions to ask when either using survey data or commissioning your own. Whether you want to know if the poll you have read about on the internet is true or if a politician is lying about their popularity, this talk has it covered. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll never look at Adele in quite the same way again.

Sex – with Joe Twyman: This talk uses the complicated history of sex research to explain some of the difficulties in actually understanding what people think, particularly on sensitive topics, and how inaccurate findings can become stylised facts. It features a great number of jokes and references about sex and is not suitable for those of a nervous disposition.

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