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Professor Meg Russell

Professor of British and Comparative Politics

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  • Name: Professor Meg Russell
  • Position: Professor of British and Comparative Politics
  • Professor Russell will be on sabbatical leave from UCL in term 2, 2014/15.
  • Room: B15
  • Telephone: 0207 679 4998
  • Fax: 0207 679 4978


Meg Russell began at UCL as a Senior Research Fellow at the Constitution Unit in August 1998. She is largely responsible for the 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 and women's representation in politics.

Meg has worked closely with policy makers throughout her career. Before joining the Unit 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.

In 2006 Meg was awarded the Political Studies Association’s Richard Rose prize for contribution by a younger scholar to the study of British politics. She was promoted to Reader in 2008.

Research Projects

Meg is responsible for most of the Constitution Unit's research on parliament. She has a particular interest in the British parliament, and she is known as one of the primary academic experts on the House of Lords. But she has also researched the House of Commons, and Commons reform, as well as the devolved legislatures in the UK and other legislatures overseas. In comparative politics terms she has a particularly strong interest in bicameralism (i.e. two chamber parliaments). She has also written on political party organisation and women's representation in politics.

Meg's current projects, and very recently completed projects, include the following:

Meg has also pursued many previous projects during her years at the Unit. These include:


Meg is responsible for the Department’s postgraduate modules on British Government and Politics, Parliaments, Political Parties and Policy Making and Gender and Politics, and its undergraduate module on Gender and Politics (the latter three all comparative courses). During the course of her Fellowship she is only directly teaching Parliaments, Political Parties and Policy Making, and is available to supervise Masters dissertations and PhD projects in this area.

Responsibilities outside UCL

Meg sits on the editorial board of the Political Quarterly, and is a member of the executive committee of the UK Study of Parliament Group.


Meg is the author of three books:

In addition her Fabian pamphlet Must Politics Disappoint? was shortlisted for pamphlet of the year at the Thinktank of the Year awards 2005.

She has also written numerous Constitution Unit reports. Key examples include:

For a complete list of all Meg's publications, and details of her media appearances, see the list below:

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