The techniques of geospatial science have shed light on the rise of right-wing populism in Australia.
The re-emergence of the One Nation party as a significant political force in the 2016 elections was a dramatic change in Australian politics.
The rise of right-wing populist politics internationally and now in Australia poses important challenges to multiculturalism and security but a considerable challenge exists in identifying who and where One Nation's supporters are.
In an upcoming public lecture, Dr Ben Reid will detail how geo-visualisation and exploratory spatial data analysis techniques has shed light on this problem.
His research indicates One Nation supporters are largely located in Australia's heartland mining and agricultural regions.
“An analysis of the Queensland Senate election results of 2016 identifies five distinct regions with very different patterns of voting,” he said.
“While One Nation's supporters are poorer and have less formal education than most, they have higher levels of asset ownership and little proximity with ethno-cultural immigrant and Indigenous minorities.”
During the talk Reid will make a comparison between the West Australian 2016 Senate and 2017 state election results.
About the speaker
Dr Ben Reid is a visiting researcher in the School of Science. His expertise is in political geography. He has conducted extensive research on comparative political economy in Korea, the Philippines, Brazil and Australia.