Dr Edwin Bacon is Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences. He is an expert in comparative politics, with a specialism in Russia. This role has involved research in and engagement with parliaments, in the UK and further afield. He was employed as a Special Adviser to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee of the House of Commons in relation to its report on the Relations with the Russian Federation (2000). He has given evidence to the Finnish Parliament’s Committee for the Future, and co-wrote its report, Russia as a Neighbour (2014). In his own research on Russian politics, Edwin has conducted many interviews in the Russian parliament (the Duma), particularly in relation to published research on the Russian election process and on religion and politics in Russia. Alongside his academic work, he has blogged on and written shorter articles about Russia’s parliament. He has written seven books on Russian history and politics, the latest of which is Inside Russian Politics (Biteback, 2017).
Dr Mark Bennister is a Senior Lecturer in Politics. His research expertise focuses on political leadership, prime ministerial power and leadership, governance and committees in parliament. He was a House of Commons Academic Fellow (2016-19), researching the Prime Minister’s appearance before the Liaison Committee, and was also awarded Nuffield Trust funding (2015-16) to research these sessions. Mark has published on accountability in parliament, political leadership, comparative prime minister power and oratory. He is currently researching leadership and governance in legislatures, including the role of the Speaker. He has given evidence in private and public to various parliamentary committees and contributed to several blog posts on parliament.
Mark can be found on Twitter @MarkBennister
Dr Catherine Bochel is Associate Professor in Policy Studies. Her research on legislatures focuses on public engagement and from 2016-19 was a House of Commons Academic Fellow undertaking research on Parliament’s engagement with the public. Catherine also researches petitions systems in the Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales and Westminster. She is a member of the Study of Parliament Group, and the Political Studies Association Parliaments Group. She has recently published articles on petitions systems in Parliamentary Affairs, The Journal of Legislative Studies, and on parliamentary scrutiny with ParliLinc colleagues. She has given evidence to a number of select committees and has contributed a number of blogs on legislatures and engagement.
Hugh Bochel is Professor of Public Policy in the School of Social and Political Sciences. Hugh’s experience of research on parliament began during the 1980s with work on MPs’ attitudes to welfare (with Peter Taylor-Gooby). He returned to that topic in the mid-2000’s with Andrew Defty, including the publication of Welfare Policy under New Labour (Policy Press, 2007), and articles in journals including the Journal of Social Policy and the Journal of Legislative Studies. Hugh and Andrew with another colleague Jane Kirkpatrick, then undertook further work on parliamentary scrutiny of the intelligence services, again published as a book, Watching the Watchers (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), and articles in Intelligence and National Security and Parliamentary Affairs. During 2017 Hugh was an academic fellow in the Scottish Parliament, producing a report on diversity and committee witnesses, following which the Parliament developed an action plan to encourage greater diversity among witnesses. Hugh has also undertaken a variety of other research across areas of social and public policy.
Dr Andrew Defty is an Associate Professor Reader in Politics and coordinator for the Parliamentary Studies module at Lincoln. Andrew has worked with ParliLinc colleagues on a range of research projects relating to Parliament. His work with Hugh Bochel on parliamentary attitudes to welfare was published in a book and a number of journal articles including in Parliamentary Affairs and Social Policy and Society. With Hugh Bochel and another colleague Jane Kirkpatrick he published another book, Watching the Watchers, on parliamentary oversight of the UK intelligence and security agencies. Andrew’s ongoing research on reform of intelligence oversight in the UK has been published in Intelligence and National Security and he has begun to conduct comparative research on legislative oversight of intelligence. Andrew is a keen blogger. Many of his posts can be found on the blog of the PSA Parliaments group and the Democratic Audit blog.
Andrew can be found on Twitter @adefty. His long-running Who Runs Britain? blog covers all aspects of British politics with a strong emphasis on parliament. His on-going research on parliament and the intelligence services is collated on the Watching the Watchers blog.
Paul Evans is a Visiting Professor of the University. Paul joined the House of Commons service in 1981 and retired in 2019 from the post of Clerk of Committees, responsible for the 300 staff supporting the House’s select committees.
His edited volume, A History of Parliamentary Procedure: Essays in honour of Thomas Erskine May, was published in 2017. An eighth edition of his Handbook of House of Commons Procedure and his jointly edited twelfth edition of The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe were published in 2012. He is an honorary research associate of UCL, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and a Fellow of the RSA. He serves on the ESRC Grant Assessment Panel C for politics and international relations. He has also been appointed as a user impact assessor for REF2021 on Sub-panel 19 of Panel C, reprising a role he had for REF2014. He is currently working on a new edition of Johnson and McKay’s Parliament and Congress for OUP. He was awarded CBE in the Birthday honours 2019.
Dr Brigid Fowler is a Senior Researcher at the Hansard Society, the independent research and education Society focused on the UK Parliament. Her work covers issues including Parliament’s role in Brexit and treaty and trade agreement scrutiny; delegated legislation; select committees; parliamentary procedure; and public engagement. From 2007 to 2014 she was a Committee Specialist for the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, where she led on the Committee’s EU-related work, and she has worked for an MEP in the European Parliament in Brussels and Strasbourg. She has also been an analyst and researcher on EU and European affairs in the private sector, at the University of Birmingham and King’s College London, and for the official ‘Remain’ campaign in the UK’s 2016 EU membership referendum. She has given evidence to select committees, published several journal articles and book contributions, and provides media comment and is active on Parliament-related Twitter.
Professor Duncan French is Pro Vice Chancellor of the College of Social Science, and Professor of International Law. His research interests cover treaty law, international environmental law, and international dispute settlement. As a secondary research area, he is interested in how legislatures, especially the British Parliament, engages with international law and treaty ratification processes.
Duncan can be found on Twitter @Prof_DFrench
Rico Isaacs is an Associate Professor of Politics and an expert in the political sociology of authoritarianism. One component of Rico’s research agenda focuses on the role of parties, parliaments and elections to authoritarian regime durability and breakdown in the Central Asian region. Initially this work centred on the role of parties in structuring informal political competition and power dynamics and formed the basis of a book, Party System Formation in Kazakhstan: Between Formal and Informal Politics, published by Routledge in 2011, and other work published in Democratization, Europe-Asia Studies, Electoral Studies and Contemporary Politics. Recently he has returned to this research focus through a Leverhulme Research Fellowship (2018) funded project ‘Sustaining Authoritarianism: parliaments, parties and personalism in Central Asia’. This project examines the role of parliament and parties in sustaining different forms of authoritarian rule in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Throughout his research career Rico has interviewed many parliamentarians, political elites and experts in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan and he is also the current serving editor of the peer reviewed journal Central Asian Survey.
Dr Ben Kisby is a Senior Lecturer in Politics in the School of Social and Political Sciences. His research interests include British politics, citizenship theory, comparative citizenship education, comparative public policy, political participation and social capital. Ben is involved in ongoing projects on young people and political engagement. He recently co-authored an article on youth political engagement in the UK and has a co-authored paper on the ‘youthquake’ at the 2017 general election. Ben’s co-authored monograph The Rise of Character Education in Britain, critiquing this form of education, has been published in the Palgrave Pivot series.
Stephen McKay is Distinguished Professor in Social Research. Steve conducts quantitative research on issues of inequality and social structure. He has recently been working on analysing the role of Select Committees, and the career trajectories of MPs including time spent in office and on committees. He is on Twitter @SocialPolicy.
Dr Samantha Shave is a lecturer in social policy. Samantha’s research expertise centres on early welfare policies, especially the ways in which poverty relief legislation (the poor laws) impacted on everyday life in modern Britain. Samantha is particularly interested in how and why early policies were made, adopted, altered, and dropped, and seeks to understand the place of welfare malpractice and scandal within early policy processes. Their research has involved the complex linking together of various historical Parliamentary Papers with other sources, including papers and correspondence produced by government departments held at The National Archives, where Samantha completed an ESRC-funded internship. Samantha’s published work includes a monograph, Pauper Policies: Poor Law Practice in England, 1780-1850 (MUP, 2017), and research papers in variety of journals including Continuity and Change, The Historical Journal and Rural History.
Professor Mary Stuart CBE is Vice Chancellor of the University of Lincoln. She is a graduate of the University of Cape Town, SA and the Open University, UK, where she obtained her Doctorate in Social Policy in 1998. Her research interests are focussed on social mobility and higher education, life histories and civic engagement and leadership in 21st century organisations.
Mary has driven local and regional engagement as a key theme to enhance the regional economy and to connect the global challenges with local need. She works with the Civic University Commission to develop national policy guidelines on Civic Universities. She is also the founder of the 21st Century Lab examining higher education’s response to changing society in our time. As such she has engaged with Universities UK, the Education Select Committee on Industrial digitalisation and education, and delivered keynotes on HE policy to a number of key groups including in the House of Lords, Universities Australia and Engage Australia.
Mary is active in HE policy development and has worked with UUK on government policy initiatives including being Chair of the UUK Social Mobility Academic Advisory Committee, a HEFCE Board (2014-2017) member and a Trustee of the Universities Partnership Programme (UPP) Foundation and a Fellow of the Bridge Group. Mary is also a Commissioner on the National Civic University Commission.
Until his retirement, Matthew was Director of Resources for the UK Parliamentary Digital Service and formerly Director of Parliamentary ICT, Director of Operations and Member Services, and Director of the Parliamentary Communications Directorate. Whilst Head of Parliamentary ICT he was a member of the House of Commons and House of Lords management boards, having collective responsibility for the leadership and management of the Houses of Parliament. He oversaw the delivery of digital services to approximately 8,000 Parliamentary users (members, their staff and staff of the administration) in more than 2,000 locations across the UK. He led ICT policy development and programmes for new services at four General Elections – innovating member services and managing key stakeholders (members, select committees, the commission, regulators, staff, suppliers and the media). In addition to his ICT, digital and senior management responsibilities he was a member of the UK Parliament’s Silver command and took the operational lead in the event of major incidents.
Matthew is currently Vice Chair of a mental health charity, on the Finance and General Purposes Committee of a London housing association and an Associate with Global Partners Governance.
Matthew has a particular interest in governance and public accountability.