The British Election Study 2015 is managed by a consortium of The University of Manchester, The University of Oxford and The University of Nottingham. The Scientific Leadership Team is comprised of Professors Ed Fieldhouse, Jane Green, Hermann Schmitt, Geoff Evans and Cees van der Eijk. The team is supported by researchers Dr Jon Mellon and Dr Chris Prosser and also by BES 2015 consultant Professor John Curtice (University of Strathclyde). The BES 2015 is working in close collaboration with colleagues within the Universities of Manchester, Oxford and Nottingham, and is partnering with a wide variety of affiliated datasets and projects (and proposed projects) to link BES voter data to other data on election candidates and campaigns.
The University Consortium
It is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council
The Scientific Leadership Team
Ed Fieldhouse is Professor of Social and Political Science at the University of Manchester. He is principal investigator of the Scientific Leadership Team of the 2015 British Election Study and is joint editor of the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties. Ed’s research interests include social theories of turnout, geographical and contextual effects in voting, political and civic engagement and participation and mobilisation and campaign effects. Ed’s current and recent research projects include: the Scottish independence referendum and the British voter: an enhancement to the British Election Study Internet Panel; The Social Complexity of Immigration and Diversity; How different are direct mail and telephoning? A ‘Get Out the Vote’ randomised experiment in the 2009 European and Local Election; The Political Representation of Ethnic Minorities in the UK in Comparative Perspective; and Electoral Registration and Turnout in South Asian Communities in Great Britain.
Jane Green is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Manchester. She is responsible for overseeing the public dissemination of information about the BES, the 2015 pre-campaign-post study, and for helping run the overall BES project. Jane has been at the University of Manchester for almost 8 years, before which she completed her PhD at Nuffield College, University of Oxford. Jane is a specialist in public opinion, elections, political parties, British and comparative politics. Her research covers the ideological and competence or performance basis of voting decisions and party election strategies. Jane is on the Editorial Boards of the journals Comparative Political Studies and Political Science Research and Methods. She is a regular commentator in national media and was one of ITV’s election experts in 2015. Follow Jane on twitter @ProfJaneGreen
Hermann Schmitt is currently Chair in Electoral Politics at the University of Manchester and Research Fellow at the MZES and Honorary Professor at the University of Mannheim. Hermann was awarded his Doctorate at the University of Duisburg in 1986 and has received a venia legendi from both the Free University of Berlin (2001) and the University of Mannheim (2008). He has been involved in quite a number of research groups. From 1987 on he has been one of the co-ordinators of the European Elections Study (EES) research group. He is currently co-ordinating the 2014 EES and also the director of the 2014 Euromanifestos Project. He is the outgoing Chair of the board of the CCS Comparative Candidate Survey; was a member of the Steering Committee of the Marie Curie Initial Training Network in Electoral Democracy; and is Chair of the Board of the European Election Study Association. Hermann has a keen interest in the determinants of voting behaviour in general elections at different levels of the European multi-level system of governance, and in the moderating effect that context factors (like ideological polarisation, the economy, electoral systems etc) are playing. Most of all, however, he is interested in the determinants of effective political representation through general elections.
Professor Geoffrey Evans is Official Fellow in Politics, Nuffield College, Oxford. A former member of the team running the BES cross-section and panel studies between 1987 – 2001, in the current BES his primary interest is in design and analysis of the 8-wave panel study running from 2014 to 2017 and in maintaining and recovering the over-time comparability of the BES post-election cross-section surveys. A specialist in public opinion, voting behaviour and political sociology in Britain and comparatively, he has published widely in political science, sociology, and related disciplines over the last 25 years. Among his current interests are the political marginalization of the working class and poor in Britain, the role of attitudes and perceptions, especially those pertaining to the economy, in models of voting, the role of party strategies in the evolution of social cleavages, and social and political change in postcommunist societies. He is also a co-director of the Northern Ireland Election Study.
Cees van der Eijk is a Professor of Social Science Research Methods at the University of Nottingham, having previously been Professor of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam. Cees has a keen interest in the fields of comparative political behaviour and the relationship between citizens/voters, parties and the media and has been the Principal Investigator of a number of large projects involving surveys of voters, including the European Election Study and the Dutch National Election Study. Cees has also been awarded FP7 funding by the European Commission as a partner member of the PIREDEU research project, which will have a large impact in the design and implementation of a web-based system to enable research into EU electoral democracy.
Jonathan Mellon is a Research Fellow at Nuffield College, and is working on designing the BES survey and analysing the data afterwards. Jon obtained a DPhil in Sociology from Nuffield College, Oxford. His research interests include cross-national participation; developing tools for working with big data in social science; internet activism and participation; social network analysis; and election fraud. Jon has also worked at the Organisation for Security and Co-Operation in Europe, running statistical analysis of election observer reports, for the World Bank as a data scientist analysing online civic engagement in developed and developing country contexts and has also worked for the BBC on their election night coverage. Follow Jon on twitter @jon_mellon
Christopher Prosser is a Research Fellow at The University of Manchester. On the BES his main roles are helping prepare the surveys and conducting research on the BES data. Chris obtained a DPhil in Politics at the University of Oxford. His research interests include political behaviour, political psychology, political parties, and the effects of electoral rules. Chris has also worked as a consultant data analyst to the Committee on Standards in Public Life and as a psephologist for the BBC during the 2014 European Parliament elections and for ITV during the 2015 and 2017 General Elections. Follow Chris on twitter @caprosser
Rachel Gibson is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Manchester. She completed her PhD at Texas A&M University. She is responsible for leading the social media aspect of the BES, iBES. Rachel has held positions as Professor of New Media Studies at the University of Leicester, Senior Research Fellow in the ACSPRI Centre for Social Research and Lecturer in politics at the University of Salford. Rachel has previously been the Principal Investigator of the Australian Election Study and the Australian Survey of Social Attitudes as well as projects dealing with the impact of new media on politics. She is the co-editor of the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties. Rachel’s interests include new media in politics and their use by political organisations and candidates, election campaigning and citizen’s online participation and she has recently completed an ESRC Professorial Fellowship examining the impact of digital technologies in comparative context.
John Curtice is Professor of Politics at the University of Strathclyde. He was previously a Co-Director of the British Election Study between 1983 and 1997, and in that role was, inter alia, co-author of How Britain Votes and The Rise of New Labour. Since 1994 he has been a co-editor of the British Social Attitudes reports, produced annually by NatCen Social Research. He has written widely on voting behaviour, social and political attitudes, voting systems and survey methodology. President of the British Polling Council since 2008, he is both a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences. He is currently running a website on public attitudes towards the Scotland’s constitutional future at whatscotlandthinks.org – follow @whatscotsthink
Advisory board members: Professor Mark Franklin (Chair), Professor John Aldrich, Dr Rosie Campbell, Professor Sara Hobolt, Professor Robert Huckfeldt, Dr Rob Johns, Professor Richard Johnston, Professor Richard Wyn Jones, Professor Jeffrey Karp, Professor Ian Plewis, Professor David Sanders, Professor Laura Stoker, Professor Patrick Sturgis
Impact stakeholder group: Greg Cook [Labour Party], Andrew Cooper [Populus Ltd/Conservative Party], Ruth Fox [Hansard Society], Katie Ghose [Electoral Reform Society], Peter Riddell [Institute for Government], Neil Serougi [ESRC/Freedom from Torture], Tom Smithard [Liberal Democrats]
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