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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 is principal investigator of the Scientific Leadership Team of the British Election Study. 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.



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 Gwilym Gibbon Centre for Public Policy at Nuffield College, and an Election Analyst for ITV News, providing analysis in the 2015 British general election, the 2016 EU referendum, the 2016 US Presidential election and the 2017 British general election. 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 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.



John Mellon WEBDr Jonathan Mellon

Jonathan Mellon is a Hallsworth Fellow at The University of Manchester, 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




Chris Prosser

Dr Chris Prosser

Chris Prosser is a Presidential Fellow at The University of Manchester. 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, and the 2016 EU referendum.

Follow Chris on twitter @caprosser





Research Fellows

Dr Roosmarijn de Geus

Roosmarijn de Geus is a postdoctoral fellow with the Gwilym Gibbon Centre for Public Policy at Nuffield College, University of Oxford. Her research focuses on voting behaviour and political attitudes which she has studied in the UK, Canada and Western Europe. She is further interested in women’s political attitudes. Prior to joining the BES Rose held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto and she obtained her DPhil in Political Science at St. Peter’s College at the University of Oxford.

You can follow Rose on twitter: @RAdeGeus




Jack Bailey

Jack Bailey is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Manchester, where he is also completing his PhD in conjunction with YouGov. 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 then affects the parties that they choose to support.

Follow Jack on Twitter @PoliSciJack



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