I have been fortunate to be a Co-Director of the BES since 2013, and we are really delighted that the Economic and Social Research Council has recently awarded us the 2019-2023 study as well. As part of a team collaboration between the Universities of Manchester and Oxford, myself and Professor Geoffrey Evans (Department of Sociology) represent the University of Oxford’s contribution to the study.
BES data are used internationally and domestically, by a wide range of academics, and are also highly valued and widely used by a range of important non-academic audiences. I use BES data, for example, to inform election-night coverage for ITV News, and was honoured that our most recent election night programme (in 2017) was nominated for a BAFTA. It would be quite something if we could pull that off again.
It is a huge privilege to run the study, especially at a time in British politics when rigorous social science data and analysis has so much to contribute to public understanding, political debate, and academic analysis that will be used for decades to come to make sense of the historic moment in which we find ourselves in. Though none of us knows what will happen in the current British political saga, the BES will be ready to analyse its impact.
Jane Green is Professor of Political Science and British Politics, Professorial Fellow, Nuffield College, and Co-Director of the British Election Study
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