Meet the Team

The Democracy Matters project comprises the Electoral Reform Society together with academics from the University of Sheffield, the University of Southampton, the University of London and the University of Westminster.

Professor Matthew Flinders

Professor Matthew Flinders

Matthew Flinders is Professor of Politics and Founding Director of the Sir Bernard Crick Centre at the University of Sheffield. He is also currently Chair of the Political Studies Association of the UK and is a board member of the Academy of Social Sciences. He is passionate about working with the public to promote new […]

Katie Ghose

Katie Ghose

Katie Ghose is currently Chief Executive of the Electoral Reform Society, where she has been a prominent commentator on a number of initiatives including reform of the House of Lords, voting systems and a UK-wide constitutional convention. A barrister by training, she was previously the Director of the British Institute of Human Rights and prior […]

Professor Will Jennings

Professor Will Jennings

Will Jennings is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the University of Southampton. His research is concerned with questions relating to public policy and public opinion. Will has written extensively about how issues make it onto the public agenda and in turn influence government priorities, how public evaluations of party competence shape voting […]

Dr Alan Renwick

Dr Alan Renwick

Dr Alan Renwick is the Deputy Director of the Constitution Unit at University College London.  He is an expert on processes of electoral and other political reform in the UK and around the world.  His report After the Referendum: Options for a Constitutional Convention, published in April 2014, has been an important reference point in […]

Professor Graham Smith

Professor Graham Smith

Graham Smith is Professor of Politics at the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster. He is a specialist in democratic theory and practice and environmental politics and has a particular interest in innovative forms of citizen engagement in political decision making.

Professor Gerry Stoker

Professor Gerry Stoker

Gerry Stoker is Centenary Research Professor at the University of Canberra, Australia and also Professor of Politics and Governance at the University of Southampton, UK. Professor Stoker has always been an engaged scholar. In 2001 he was designated by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as a Hero of Dissemination and in 2004 […]

Doctor Paolo Spada

Doctor Paolo Spada

Paolo Spada received his Ph.D. in political science from Yale University in May 2012. Spada also holds a Ph.D. in economics from Bologna University (2006). His research interests lie in the diffusion and impact evaluation of Democratic Innovations. He is a member of the core development team of Participedia, of the research board of the […]

Dr Brenton Prosser

Dr Brenton Prosser

Brenton Prosser is a member of the Sir Bernard Crick Centre at the University of Sheffield. He is an expert on minority government, federal government and public policy in Australia. His experience outside of academia includes a time as Chief of Staff to a ‘balance of power’ Senator during the global financial crisis, and as Director […]