Alexander von Koskull
Alex holds a BSc in Applied Social Sciences from the University of Southampton and an MSc in Comparative Politics, with a specialism in democracy and democratisation, from the LSE. His research interests include Scandinavian politics, theories of political representation, and politics in a globalising age. He joined the project shortly after graduation in October 2016, and works among other things on the data for the 2005 general election.
Agnes is a recent graduate in Politics with Economics from the University of Bath. She joined the Parliamentary Candidates UK project in October 2016 and primarily works with data from the 2001 and 2010 general elections. Her main interests include public opinion; attitudes towards political actors and institutions; political behaviour.
Lakshmi Periyasamy is an intern at the Constitution Unit working on the Parliamentary Candidates UK project. She completed a Ph.D. degree in Social Science from India. The subject of her dissertation was the ‘The Impact of Male Migration on Left-Behind Women in India’. She worked as a Research Associate for 12 years in India. She joined the PCUK project in July 2016.
Raffaella Breeze joined the Parliamentary Candidates UK project in July 2016 while studying for a MA in Political Economy at King’s College London. On the project, she works on the data for the 2001 General Election and research on candidate effects. Before pursuing her Master’s, she worked as a journalist in Spain for two years after graduating. Her interests lie in political discourse, the EU, public policy and immigration.
Melita holds a BA in International Relations and Politics from the University of Sheffield and joined the Parliamentary Candidates UK project in April 2016 while studying MSc in International Public Policy at UCL. Melita’s past research experience includes studying European Union-Russian relationship, concentrating on energy security. Whilst at Constitution Unit she will contribute to Representative Audit of Britain project.
Adem holds a BA (Hons, First Class) in Politics and International Relations from Royal Holloway, University of London. His thesis focused on executive-legislative relations in the Coalition, and is currently revising the study with the aim of publishing it. He was also part of a small-group project that has a published article in Youth Voice, based on findings from a deliberative event they held. He joined the PCUK project in January 2016, and will be returning to UCL to study an MSc in Public Policy later this year.
Matthew has a BA (Hons, First Class) in Politics and an MA in Diplomacy (with distinction) from the University of Nottingham. His Master’s thesis focused on summitry as an institution of diplomacy, which was then published in the Hague Journal of Diplomacy. Since graduating in 2014, he has been a commentator and an Election HUB Analyst for the online political blog Backbench UK.
Daniel holds an AB in International and Area Studies/Development Studies and Political Economy from Washington University in St. Louis. He recently completed an MSc in Political Science and Political Economy at the LSE. Alongside his fondness for the works of Machiavelli, his research interests include positive political economy, autocracy, models of leadership, and constitutional design. He joined the PCUK project in September 2015.
Bansri has a BA (Hons, First Class) in Politics and Parliamentary Studies from the University of Leeds. She joined the Parliamentary Candidates UK project in July 2015 following a year working in political offices in Parliament and in Washington DC. Her work involved compiling and cleaning datasets of candidates that have stood for parliamentary election from 1945 to 2010. Outside of PCUK, her research interests include voter turnout, British elections and the Liberal Democrats.
Begum, a BA War Studies student, is a summer intern working on the PCUK project, where she is responsible for collecting and cleaning the retrospective data (1945 – onwards). Begum will also contribute to events and blogs for PCUK. Her subject interests include human rights and women’s issues.
Mary recently graduated from Lancaster University, having studied History and International Relations. She is responsible for collecting data for the 2001 General Election in addition to cleaning and coding the retrospective data. Her research interests range from China’s economic involvement in Sub-Saharan Africa to the representation of marginalised group in the UK. She is an avid Arsenal supporter.
David joins the Parliamentary Candidates UK project whilst completing an MSc in Security Studies within UCL’s Political Science department. His work on the project has included compiling data on 2015 parliamentary candidates and measuring career trajectories within the House of Commons. Outside of PCUK, his research examines the impact of international integration on civil violence in the developing world.
Sam is a recent graduate in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford. He specialised in philosophy and political theory, with areas of study including theories of political representation. After graduation he worked in a secondary school for five months teaching economics amongst other duties. He joins the Parliamentary Candidates UK project in January 2015 to work on measuring House of Commons career trajectory and compiling data on MPs who have stood down since 1945.
Sally Symington is an intern at the Constitution Unit working on the the Parliamentary Candidates UK Project, with particular emphasis on the 2015 candidate cohort. She completed a MSc in Public Policy (part-time ) at UCL in August 2014. The subject of her dissertation was the effect that both gender quotas, in the form of All Women Shortlists, and term limits would have had on the levels of female representation in the UK House of Commons. Sally has an undergraduate degree in physics and she worked as an investment analyst and fund manager for ten years. Following a career break, she returned to voluntary work. She has experience of local democracy having been a parish councillor for the last seven years, of which four have been as chair.
Marco holds a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from LUISS Guido Carli University of Rome and a MSC in Comparative Politics and Democratisation from LSE. His research interests include politics and government in developing countries; democratisation in Southeast Asia and quantitative and computational methods for the Social Sciences. Marco was an intern for the PCUK project from Oct to Dec 2014. He is now a full-time research associate on the “Britain’s New Political Class” project.
Michelle joined the project in June 2014 and is largely responsible for data collection for the retrospective dataset. Michelle has previously worked as a Legislative Assistant in the Canadian House of Commons, with her policy work focusing on democratic reform, science and technology, and energy and natural resources. She holds a Masters in Public Policy from Simon Fraser University and a BA in Political Science and US Studies from the University of British Columbia. She is currently studying law at Queen Mary, University of London.
Sangida worked with PCUK from April – June 2014 and was responsible for data collection for the 2001 General Election. She holds an MPhil degree in Economic and Social History from the University of Cambridge and a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics. Her past research experience includes studying the interpretations of British riots. Most recently she worked as a Research Assistant for the National Centre for Universities and Business.
Federica worked on the candidates project from January-March 2014. She is now pursuing at PhD at the London School of Economics.