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Michela Palese

Michela Palese

Position: Research Assistant
Location: 2.02, 31 Tavistock Square
Telephone: 020 3108 6934 (Internal: 56934)
Email: michela.palese@ucl.ac.uk


Michela Palese joined the Constitution Unit in May 2017 as Research Assistant and McDougall Fellow. She is working with Dr Alan Renwick on a project, funded by the McDougall Trust, aimed at exploring how to improve discourse during elections and referendum campaigns. The project will examine existing practice in the UK and around the world with a view to understanding whether and how the conduct of elections and referendums in the UK might be reformed. The main output will be a report setting out the options.

Michela holds a BA in European Social and Political Studies and an MSc in Public Policy from UCL. Prior to joining the Constitution Unit, Michela worked as operations manager for an independent, not-for-profit magazine publication.

Blog posts

How online quizzes could improve information during election campaigns: lessons from Germany

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Ongoing Constitution Unit research is exploring how quality of information and public discussion during election and referendum campaigns can be improved. In recent years, voting advice applications have been promoted as a way of providing impartial, good-quality information on salient issues and parties’ positions thereon. Michela Palese outlines the debate on this topic and relates […]

Independent costing of election programmes: lessons from the Netherlands

Monday, 25 September 2017

In May 2017, the Constitution Unit began a project seeking to understand how the quality of information and public discussion during election and referendum campaigns could be improved. The independent assessment of parties’ policy proposals could be one way of providing the public with high-quality, reliable information. Michela Palese outlines the debate on this topic […]

After the general election: what’s next?

Friday, 16 June 2017

Just two days after the general election, Professor Meg Russell, Dr Jennifer Hudson and Dr Alan Renwick of the Constitution Unit spoke at UCL’s It’s All Academic festival about the constitutional and political fallout. Michela Palese summarises what they said. Theresa May called for a snap election on 18 April in order to increase the […]

How can we improve discourse during elections and referendums?

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

The Constitution Unit has recently launched a year-long project, which seeks to understand how the quality of information and public discussion during election and referendum campaigns can be improved. In this blog post, Alan Renwick and Michela Palese set out the motivations and plan for their project, along with some initial findings. Following the 2016 EU referendum […]

Read Michela's blog posts on the Constitution Unit Blog