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Meet the BES team

The British Election Study is managed by a partnership between The University of Manchester and The University of Oxford. The Scientific Leadership Team is comprised of Professor Ed Fieldhouse, Professor Jane Green, Profesor Geoff Evans, Dr Jon Mellon, and Dr Chris Prosser.


The University Partnership

The British Election Study is managed via a consortium of The University of Manchester, and The University of Oxford (Nuffield College).

It is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council

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The Scientific Leadership Team

 Ed Fieldhouse POINTING SMALLWEBProfessor Ed Fieldhouse

Ed Fieldhouse is Professor of Social and Political Science at the University of Manchester. He has been principal investigator of the Scientific Leadership Team of the British Election Study since 2014. Formerly he was director of the Institute for Social Change (2007-2012) and the Cathie Marsh Centre for Social and Survey Research (2002-2005). His main research interests include social theories of turnout, geographical and contextual effects in voting, political and civic engagement and participation, and mobilisation and campaign effects.





Professor Jane Green

Jane Green is Professor of Political Science and British Politics at the University of Oxford and a Professorial Fellow of Nuffield College. She is Director of the Nuffield Politics Research Centre and an Election Analyst for ITV News, providing analysis in the 2015, 2017 and 2019 British general elections, the 2016 EU referendum and the 2016 and 2020 US Presidential elections. Her main research interests lie in understanding mechanisms of electoral accountability for government performance, party reputations and other policy outcomes.

Follow Jane on twitter @ProfJaneGreen




geoff evans 250 by 250Professor Geoffrey Evans

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 panel study 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 post-communist societies. He is also a co-director of the Northern Ireland Election Study.



John Mellon WEBDr Jonathan Mellon

Jonathan Mellon is a Senior Lecturer at The University of Manchester and Co-Director of the British Election Study, and works 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 and voting; developing tools for social science measurement; and survey design. 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 and has works for the BBC on election night coverage and exit polls.

Follow Jon on twitter @jon_mellon




Chris Prosser

Dr Chris Prosser

Chris Prosser is a Lecturer in Politics at Royal Holloway, University of London. 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, 2017 and 2019 General Elections, and the 2016 EU referendum.

Follow Chris on twitter @caprosser






Research Fellows

Dr Jack Bailey

Jack Bailey is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Manchester. Before joining the BES, Jack worked at LSE and Cardiff University, helping to communicate academic research to the general public. His own research interests include political behaviour, political psychology, and political methodology. In particular, how voters learn about economic change and how this affects the parties that they choose to support.

Follow Jack on Twitter @PoliSciJack





Advisory Panel

The BES advisory panel assists us in achieving our core objective to design and conduct a study that is relevant to answering important contemporary questions about electoral politics, political attitudes, and voting behaviour in Britain. It is comprised of 12 members with a wide variety of expertise in different aspects of British electoral politics and survey methodology:

  • Professor Susan Banducci (University of Exeter)
  • Professor Justin Fisher (Brunel University of London)
  • Professor Rachel Gibson (University of Manchester)
  • Professor Chris Hanretty (Royal Holloway University of London)
  • Professor Ailsa Henderson (University of Edinburgh)
  • Professor Will Jennings (University of Southampton)
  • Professor Charles Pattie (University of Sheffield)
  • Professor Brian Schaffner (Tufts University)
  • Dr Rosie Shorrocks (University of Manchester)
  • Professor Maria Soboloewska (University of Manchester)
  • Paula Surridge (University of Bristol)
  • Professor Richard Wyn Jones (Cardiff University)


Media enquiries 

For media and communications enquiries please contact Sue Bailey.