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British Election Study Team Awarded First Ever Pippa Norris Prize

The British Election Study team

Professors Edward Fieldhouse, Jane Green, Geoffrey Evans and Drs Jonathan Mellon and Chris Prosser, supported by Dr Jack Bailey, have been awarded the new Pippa Norris Prize from the Political Studies Association.

The prize recognises a research team that has made an outstanding contribution to advancing knowledge in Political Studies.


The British Elections Study (BES) team said:

“We are delighted to be awarded the Pippa Norris Prize, which recognises the huge benefits of working collaboratively in research. Since taking on the co-leadership of BES in 2013, we have been fortunate to be able to develop and communicate a range of new insights about British electoral behaviour. In analysing the trends in the whole time series of BES data and studying recent upheavals in British politics, we hope to continue to make a positive impact on those working in, or with an interest in, electoral behaviour – both within and also beyond academia.”

The current BES leadership team gratefully acknowledges the contributions of Professor Cees van der Eijk and Hermann Schmitt who were members of the leadership team between 2013 and 2019.


The prize was announced at the Political Studies Association’s Annual Assembly on 4 April 2023.


The judges commended the outstanding work of the BES team:

“Not only have their surveys produced a volume and quality of data that provides unparalleled insight into a period of turbulence and change in British politics, but their dissemination of this through more than 250 peer-reviewed publications and through their website, have provided exceptional access to these data.”

Jack Bailey accepted PSA Pippa Norris Prize award

Jack Bailey accepting the Pippa Norris Prize on behalf of the BES team

About the Political Studies Association
For over 30 years, the PSA has been celebrating the very best of political studies through our Academic Prizes, with the award categories recognising outstanding dissertations, books, articles and scholars across the profession.

We recognise how much of our work is conducted through various forms of collaboration, and this year we have created new Team prizes in both the areas of research and teaching. These new prizes honour the work of both Pippa Norris and Jacqui Briggs.