Our Contributors

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grahamallen Graham Allen MP is Chair of the Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee, and the Labour Member of Parliament for Nottingham North.
Peter Allen Headshot Peter Allen is a Lecturer in Politics at the University of Bath. His research is focused on political careers, political parties, and political representation. He tweets at @peteraallen.
Jamie Audsley is a Clore Social Fellow with a background in teaching and community organising.
image Stephen Barber is Reader in Public Policy at London South Bank University. Find him on Twitter at @StephenBarberUK.
Robert Barrington Robert Barrington is the Executive Director of Transparency International UK, the UK’s leading anti-corruption organisation. Transparency International fights corruption, poverty, and injustice with local colleagues in over 100 countries.
Pepita Barlow is a Research Intern at the Institute for Government.
Adele Baumgardt Adele Baumgardt is an independent consultant on all aspects of equality and diversity.
craigberry Craig Berry is a research fellow at Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI). His book Globalisation and Ideology in Britain was published in 2011. He has held roles at the International Longevity Centre, HM Treasury and the TUC, and was previously a Lecturer at the University of Warwick. He tweets at @craigpberry.
Dr Mike Berry is a Lecturer at Cardiff University School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies. His research focuses on the question of how the mass media affects public knowledge and understanding. His recent publications include More Bad News from Israel (Pluto, 2011), and Terrorism, Elections and Democracy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).
Richard Richard Berry is managing editor and researcher at Democratic Audit.
Yosef Bhatti is an Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen. His research centers on voter turnout.
image Professor Sarah Birch is a Professor of Comparative Politics at Glasgow University.
Andrew-blick-thumb Dr. Andrew Blick is a Lecturer in Politics and Contemporary History at the Centre for Political and Constitutional Studies, King’s College London.
Norman Bonney Professor Norman Bonney was a lecturer and researcher at Aberdeen University and, The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, and is currently Emeritus Professor at Edinburgh Napier University, where he is currently. His publications are listed at www.normanbonney.blogspot.com.
Simon Burall Simon Burall is director of Involve, an organisation that designs and promotes processes for public participation in government. He is also the Chair of the Democratic Audit trustees.
Peter Bradley is the Director of Speakers’ Corner Trust, a national charity which promotes free speech, public debate and active citizenship. He was the Labour MP for The Wrekin between 1997 and 2005.
Thom Brooks Thom Brooks is Reader in Law at Durham Law School arriving in 2012.
Abby Cathcart Dr Abby Cathcart is a Senior Lecturer in Management at Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Abby’s PhD thesis was a historically situated exploration of democratic participation in the John Lewis Partnership. Her most recent publications speak to the growing interest in non-union employee representation and voice.
Philip Coggan was a Financial Times journalist for over twenty years, and is now the Buttonwood columnist for the Economist. He is the author of The Money Machine, and Paper Promises, winner of the Spears Business Book of the Year Award and longlisted for the Financial Times Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award.
image Philip Cowley is Professor of Parliamentary Government at the University of Nottingham.
Stephen Crone is a former Research Associate of Democratic Audit, and a co-author of the 2012 audit of UK democracy.
photo (2) Senia Cuevas is a political scientist with an MA in Diplomacy and International Relations from Seton Hall University, New Jersey, with expertise in Latin American studies and International Economic Development and a focus on diplomacy.
Patrick Dunleavy is the co-Director of Democratic Audit, and a Professor of Political Science and Public Policy in the Government Department at the London School of Economics.
Adam Evans Adam Evans is a PhD Student at the Wales Governance Centre, Cardiff University and a member of the Steering Committee of the UK’s Changing Union: Our Future.
Jocelyn03 Jocelyn Evans is Professor of Politics at the University of Leeds. Professor Evans’ research interests cover European politics and electoral behaviour, with a particular focus on France. He is editor of Palgrave Macmillan’s “French Politics, Society and Culture” monograph series. He tweets at @JocelynAJEvans.
Natalie Evans Natalie Evans is Director of the New Schools Network. Prior to this she was Deputy Director of Policy Exchange, responsible for the output and strategic direction of their research team. Her previous roles include Head of Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce and Deputy Director at the Conservative Research Department.
Justin Fisher is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Magna Carta Institute. He is joint editor (with Christopher Wlezien) of the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties .
image Ruth Fox is Director of the Hansard Society.
Anika Gauja photo Anika Gauja  is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney.
Portrait_001 Bryan Gould is the Chair of the National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence and the Eastern Bay Primary Health Alliance in New Zealand. He was previously a Labour MP and Shadow Cabinet member and contested the party leadership in 1992. He was also the Vice Chancellor of Waikato University between 1994 and 2004.
Jonathan Gray Jonathan Gray is Director of Policy and Ideas at the Open Knowledge Foundation. You can follow him on Twitter at @jwyg and find out more about him on jonathangray.org.
Cath_Haddon Dr Catherine Haddon is a fellow of the Institute for Government.
image Vivian Hamilton is an Associate Professor of Law, William and Mary School of Law, Virginia.
Kasper Møller Hansen  is a Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen. His core areas of research are voter turnout, public opinion and election campaigns.
Chris Hanretty Dr Chris Hanretty is a Lecturer at the University of East Anglia.
$img_alt Dr. Jessie Hohmann is a lecturer in law at Queen Mary, University of London,  and the author of The Right to Housing: Law, Concepts, Possibilities (Hart 2013).
image Professor Matthew Flinders is Director of the Sir Bernard Crick Centre for the Public Understanding of Politics at the University of Sheffield. He is the author of Defending Politics (2012) and can be found on Twitter @PoliticalSpike.
Toby S. James is Lecturer in the School of Political, Social and International Studies at the University of East Anglia.  He is the author of Elite Statecraft and Election Administration (2012, Palgrave) and has published numerous articles on election administration.
Dr Will Jennings's photo Dr Will Jennings is Senior Lecturer at the University of Southampton. He is also Co-Director of the UK Policy Agendas Project, a Research Associate at the Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation at LSE and Vice-Convenor of the PSA’s Executive Politics and Governance Specialist Group.
Dr_Michalis_Kakos Dr Michalis Kakos is a senior lecturer in education at Leeds Metropolitan University.
Meryl Kenny is Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Her current research focuses on gender, political parties, and candidate selection. She has published widely on women and Scottish politics, including her monograph Gender and Political Recruitment (Palgrave 2013).
Sean Sean Kippin is managing editor and researcher at Democratic Audit.
Meelis Kitsing Meelis Kitsing is director of the Center for Free Economic Thought and a lecturer at the Estonian Business School. He earned his MSc in Politics of the World Economy from LSE in 2001.
Matt Korris is a Senior Researcher at the Hansard Society.
benjaminlee Benjamin Lee has a PhD at the Institute for Social Change in the University of Manchester, and currently works at the University of Leicester on a European project exploring populist politics in the United Kingdom.
Barry Loveday Barry Loveday is Reader in Criminal Justice Administration at the University of Portsmouth Institute of Criminal Justice Studies.
Ian Marsh Ian Marsh is a Visiting Professor at the Crawford School, Australian National University. His study Democratic Decline and Democratic Renewal: Political Change in Britain, Australia and New Zealand (with Raymond Miller).
Nicola McEwen Dr Nicola McEwen is a Senior Lecturer in Politics, Director of Public Policy at the Academy of Government and Deputy Director of Research (Knowledge Exchange and Impact) at the University of Edinburgh School of Social and Political Science. She tweets at @McEwen_Nicola.
Claire McGing Claire McGing is Lecturer in Political Geography at the National University of Ireland, Naymooth. Her research on the single transferable vote and women’s representation in Ireland appears in Irish Political Studies, Volume 28, Issue 3 (forthcoming). She tweets at @Claire_McGing.
Simon McMahon is a Senior analyst at The Social Innovation Partnership.
David Melding is a Conservative member of the National Assembly for Wales and its Deputy Presiding Officer and author of the book, ‘The Reformed Union: the UK as a Federation’.
image Andrew Mycock is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Huddersfield.
Claire Overman has recently completed the BCL at the University of Oxford. She blogs at the Oxford Human Rights hub.
Simon Parker is director of NLGN. He started his career in journalism and has since worked in management consultancy, lobbying and research, most recently as a fellow at the Institute for Government. Simon has published widely on public service reform in the UK and internationally.
Philip Pettit is Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and Human Values at Princeton University, and Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the Australian National University.
Dr  Robin  Pettitt Dr Robin Pettitt is a Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the School of Economics, History and Politics, Kingston University.
Matt Qvortrup narrow Dr Matt Qvortrup is a fellow at The British Institute of Contemporary History and a Senior Lecturer at the UK Defence Academy.
IanRowe Ian Rowe is a Ph.D. candidate and Assistant Lecturer from the University of Kent at Canterbury. His research focuses on the relationship between social network site use and political behaviour.
image Yasmin Rufo is the Youth Mayor of Ealing.
Meg russell Dr Meg Russell is Reader in British and Comparative Politics, and Deputy Director of the Constitution Unit in the School of Public Policy, University College London. Her new book, The Contemporary House of Lords: Westminster Bicameralism Revived, was published by Oxford University Press in July 2013.
josaglie Dr Jo Saglie is based at the Institute for Social Research, Oslo.
Eric Shaw Dr Eric Shaw is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Stirling.
36_daniel_silver Daniel Silver is the Co-Director of The Social Action & Research Foundation, which co-produces policy to eradicate poverty and strengthen democracy. Daniel has worked for several voluntary and community sector organisations as well with a local authority. He tweets at @DanSilverSARF
Joe Simpson is the Director of the Leadership Centre.
Ali Stoddart Ali Stoddart has a Masters Degree in International Communications from the University of Leeds, and has studied at the University of Glasgow.
Professor Gerry Stoker's photo Gerry Stoker is Professor of Politics and Governance at the University of Southampton. He was the founding chair of the New Local Government Network think-tank, and author Why Politics Matters. He has provided expert advice to various parts of UK government and the Council of Europe.
James Sloam  is Senior Lecturer in Politics at Royal Holloway, University of London, where he is also co-director of the Centre for European Politics.
Chris Terry Chris Terry is Research Officer at the Electoral Reform Society. He joined the ERS permanently in January 2012 after interning with the Society. He holds a Masters in Social Research, where he specialised in comparative politics and European political systems.
Dr Simon Usherwood is Associate Dean of Leaning and Teaching (FAHS), and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Surrey.
image Professor John Wall is based at the Departments of Philosophy, Religion, and Childhood Studies, Rutgers University.
Chris Waterman 80x108 Chris Waterman is the former Executive Director of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS), and has been at the heart of public policy making for the past two decades, working for London Councils and ADCS.
Laura-Wilkes1 Laura Wilkes is Policy Manager at the LGIU. She leads their work on Community Budgeting, economic development, citizen co-production and the C’llr Awards.
Dr Stuart Wilks-Heeg is a Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Liverpool. He was previously the Director of Democratic Audit.
image Stephen Williams MP is the Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Bristol West.
Dr Andy Williamson FRSA is founder of FutureDigital and an Associate at Involve. He is an internationally recognised expert in strengthening democracy and transforming citizen engagement, working with parliaments, governments.
Amy Williams Amy Williams is a Research Assistant to the Human Rights Futures Project at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights at LSE. She conducted research for the Commission on a Bill of Rights. She holds an LLB Law and French degree (First Class) and an MSc in Human Rights (Distinction).
Joanna Wiseman Joanna Wiseman is completing a PhD in Human Geography at Newcastle University, focusing on the experiences of young refugees and asylum seekers in Glasgow. She has worked closely with the British Red Cross and the Scottish Guardianship Service.
Leanne Wood Leanne Wood is the Leader of Plaid Cymru, the Party of Wales. Born in the Rhondda, Wales, she has represented the South Wales Central region as a Member of the National Assembly for Wales since 2003.
image Eva Zeglovits is based at the Department of Methods in the Social Sciences, University of Vienna and was a member of the demand side team in the Austrian National Election Study.
Dr Katja Kiegler Professor Katja Ziegler is a faculty member of the School of Law, University of Leicester.