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Our staff frequently appear in the media to provide expert analysis on all aspects of constitutional reform. We aim to inform debates with technical detail and provide comment based on our extensive research. You can see our areas of expertise from the list below however our staff have varied backgrounds and this is not exhaustive. The majority of our staff have media experience having written articles for national newspapers and interviewed for television and radio programmes.

Getting in touch

Brian Walker is our Press Officer and can be contacted on 07802 176347 or williambrianwalker@gmail.com.

A BBC lifer, in earlier years in his native Northern Ireland, he was a news correspondent, political editor and current affairs editor for BBC Northern Ireland as well as working later in the Westminster lobby as London  editor of the Belfast Telegraph. In London he served successively as BBC commissioning editor for Radio current affairs programmes and editor of political and parliamentary programmes at Westminster. For the Unit, he has also contributed to projects on coalition governance, special advisers and judicial independence.

Influence of the Constitution Unit

Our research has had an impact in a number of different areas: most recently one of our reports gave rise to the new Cabinet Manual, and another to establish a Backbench Committee for parliamentary business. We have been influential in devolution, human rights and the courts. Read more about our policy impact »

The Unit has conducted research in all areas of constitutional reform and our main areas of expertise are listed below.

  • Coalition government
  • House of Lords
  • Impact of parliament
  • Select Committees
  • Courts and the judiciary
  • Freedom of information
  • Scottish Independence
  • Devolution
  • Elections and referendums
  • Monarchy
  • Church & State

More information on the individual research interests of staff on their personal pages. Or you can browse our current research projects, the research archive and the blog from the links below:

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What follows the referendum: negotiating Scottish independence, or delivering Devo More

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:00:37 +0000

Earlier this year Alan Trench gave a lecture at the University of Ulster’s Belfast campus about what might follow the vote in the Scottish referendum. In this article, he picks out the key points. The full speech is available on the Social Science Research Network here, or can be downloaded directly here.  Perhaps the most important and novel part of […]

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The latest Special Advisers reshuffle

Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:00:59 +0000

A new book Special Advisers: Who they are, what they do and why they matter by Ben Yong and Robert Hazell is to be launched tonight at the Institute for Government. In this post, Ben Yong draws on the research conducted for the book to analyse the latest Spads reshuffle. ‘Won’t somebody think of the spads?!’ said […]

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10 things you need to know about what will happen if Scotland votes Yes

Tue, 09 Sep 2014 13:00:13 +0000

As the Scottish independence referendum draws closer the outcome is hard to predict. Both Westminster politicians and the wider public are asking what – in practical terms – would happen if the Scots were to vote Yes. Robert Hazell offers a 10-point overview of what the road to independence might look like.   The timetable 1. Scotland […]

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