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Prof Meg Russell
The Rubin Building
29-30 Tavistock Square
  • Professor of British and Comparative Politics
  • Dept of Political Science
  • Faculty of S&HS

Meg Russell began at UCL as a Senior Research Fellow at the Constitution Unit, School of Public Policy, in August 1998. She was promoted to Reader in British and Comparative Politics, and Deputy Director of the Unit, in 2008.


Meg has worked closely with policy makers throughout her career. Before joining UCL she had worked in parliament and been National Women's Officer of the Labour Party. In 1999 she was a consultant to the Royal Commission on Reform of the House of Lords and from 2001-2003 was seconded as a full time adviser to Robin Cook in his role as Leader of the House of Commons. She has acted as an adviser to the Arbuthnott Commission on boundaries and voting systems in Scotland, the House of Lords Appointments Commission and most recently the Select Committee on Reform of the House of Commons (the "Wright Committee"). She has regularly given evidence to parliamentary committees, both in Britain and overseas.

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Research Summary

Meg is largely responsible for the Constitution Unit's research work on parliament, and has a particular interest in bicameralism and the British House of Lords. She has also written on political party organisation, candidate selection, women's representation in politics, and the use of theories from social psychology in the study of political elites.

Teaching Summary

Meg teaches two modules on the Department's Masters programmes:


 - British Government and Politics


 - Parliaments, Political Parties and Policymaking (a comparative course)


She also supervises the Department's teaching in Gender and Politics (undergraduate and postgraduate), and supervises Masters dissertations and Ph.D. students.

Academic Background
1996 MA Master of Arts – Political Economics Middlesex University
1987 BSc Bachelor of Science – Mathematics London School of Economics and Political Science
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