Name Mary Shears
Job title Postgraduate Student
Department School of Sociology, Politics & Law
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ESRC funded Postgraduate student with the
Local Government Chronicle Elections Centre

Qualifications & background


MSc Social Research, University of Plymouth (2004)

Advanced Certificate in Social & Market Research, Market Research Society (2002)

BSc (Hons) Social Research with Politics, University of Plymouth (2002)

Certificate of Education: Nursery/Infant Teaching, University of Cambridge (1972)

Research interests
The gender imbalance in elected representatives in local government in England. A study of women candidates and councillors.

Postgraduate dissertation, 2004:   “The Devon Local Election Candidate Survey”

 Undergraduate dissertation, 2002 :   “Women in Politics in Britain in the Twentieth Century”


2004,  Newton Ferrers & Noss Mayo Parish Council: Affordable Housing Study.   Secondary analysis of the Parish Housing Needs Survey of attitudes towards the extension of existing planning boundaries  and new house construction in parish.

 2004.  Evaluation of the Growth and Competitiveness Project: Small business survey of attitudes of small business owners to collaboration with Higher /Further Education.

 2002-2004. The Growth and Competitiveness Project: European Union funded project with SMEs in the new Objective 2 areas in Devon with University of Plymouth Enterprise and The University’s Centres of Expertise.

 2004.  The Establishment of a Regional Centre for Recording Achievement in the South West .Feasibility Study for The South West of England Regional Development Agency.

2004.  East End Housing Needs Analysis.  For Plymouth City Council

 2003.   The Establishment of a Regional Composite Manufacturing Centre in the South West.   Feasibility Study for The Advanced Centre for the Manufacturing of Composites, University of Plymouth.

 2003.  “ Matching Provision to Needs”   Motor Industry Training and Skills Needs Analysis.   For Plymouth College of Further Education and Plymouth College of Art & Design.

 2003.  “Matching Provision to Needs”  Bakery Sub-sector Education, Training and Skills Needs Analysis:  For Plymouth Plymouth College of Further Education

 2003.   Skills Needs of the Marine and Maritime Sector in the South West of England. For The South West of England Regional Development Agency and Marine South West.