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Prof Meg Russell
2.03
The Rubin Building
29-31 Tavistock Square
London
Appointment
  • Professor of British and Comparative Politics
  • Dept of Political Science
  • Faculty of S&HS
Biography

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 2008, and to Professor of British and Comparative Politics in 2014. Since 2015 she has been the Director of the Constitution Unit.

Meg has worked closely with policy makers throughout her career. Before joining UCL she had worked in parliament and as National Women's Officer of the Labour Party. She has been a consultant to the Royal Commission on Reform of the House of Lords, the Arbuthnott Commission on boundaries and voting systems in Scotland, the House of Lords Appointments Commission, and three parliamentary committees: the Select Committee on Reform of the House of Commons (the "Wright Committee"), the Lord Speaker's Committee on the Size of the House of Lords (the "Burns Committee") and the House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee. 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 regularly given evidence to parliamentary committees, both in Britain and overseas, and has spoken in the British, Australian, Irish, Italian and Japanese parliaments.

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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.

Meg is author of four books, on the UK legislative process, the House of Lords, comparative bicameralism and organisational change in the UK Labour Party. She was joint editor of the 2016 textbook Developments in British Politics. She has been author of more than 25 Constitution Unit reports, and numerous journal articles and book chapters. She has frequently written for the popular media, including the Guardian, Observer, Times, Telegraph and Financial Times.


Teaching Summary

Meg teaches two modules on the Department's Masters programmes: British Government and Politics, and Parliaments, Political Parties and Policymaking (a comparative course). At undergraduate level she teaches the course British Parliamentary Studies, which is delivered in a collaboration with the Westminster parliamentary authorities. She also 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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