Researcher Biography

Dr Timothy B. is a Research Social Scientist at the Institute for Social Science Research. He holds a BA(Hons) in Political Science and MA in Political Economy from Carleton University, Canada, and a PhD in Government from the University of Essex, UK. Tim joins UQ from the University of Melbourne and after holding senior positions in the private sector in North America in survey research and data science.

Tim's research interests encompass comparative public opinion and political behaviour (focusing on Canada, the United States, Europe, and Australia), public opinion and foreign policy, and spatial and contextual models of political behaviour. He has undertaken commissioned research for firms in several industries, not-for-profit organisations, Canadian provincial governments, the United States government, and international organisations. He has published in several high-profile academic journals including the European Journal of Political Research, Political Geography, Public Opinion Quarterly, the International Journal of Public Opinion Research, and Social Science Research.

Research interests:

  • Comparative public opinion and policy attitudes
  • Public opinion and foreign policy
  • Spatial and contextual modeling of political behavior
  • Structural equation modeling
  • Survey methodology
  • Social science, policy, and business applications of data science

PhD Topic:

Proximity, Politics and Policy Attitudes in the North American Context


Gravelle, T.B. (2019). Party Identification, Local Context, and Australian Attitudes toward Immigration and Asylum Policy. Social Science Research.

Gravelle, T.B. & Carson, A. (2018). Explaining the Australian Marriage Equality Vote: A Contextual Analysis. Politics.

Gravelle, T.B. (2018). Trumping Foreign Policy: Public Diplomacy, Framing, and Public Opinion among Middle Power Publics. Australian Journal of International Affairs 47, 5: 473–490.

Gravelle, T.B. (2018). Politics, Time, Space, and Attitudes toward US–Mexico Border Security. Political Geography 65: 107–116.

Gravelle, T.B. (2018). Friends, Neighbours, Townspeople, and Parties: Explaining Canadian Attitudes toward Muslims. Canadian Journal of Political Science 51, 3: 643–664.

Gravelle, Timothy B. (2018). Partisanship, Local Context, Group Threat, and Canadian Attitudes toward Immigration and Refugee Policy. Migration Studies 6, 3: 448–467.

Gravelle, T.B., Reifler, J. & Scotto, T.J. (2017). The Structure of Foreign Policy Attitudes in Transatlantic Perspective: Comparing the United States, United Kingdom, France, and Germany. European Journal of Political Research 56, 4: 757–776.

Gravelle, T.B. (2016). Party Identification, Contact, Contexts, and Public Attitudes toward Illegal Immigration. Public Opinion Quarterly 80(1): 1–25.

Gravelle, T.B. & Lachapelle. E. (2015). Politics, Proximity and the Pipeline: Mapping Public Attitudes toward Keystone XL. Energy Policy 83: 99–108.

Gravelle, T.B. (2014). Partisanship, Border Proximity, and Canadian Attitudes toward North American Integration. International Journal of Public Opinion Research 26(4): 453–474.