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Rosie Campbell

Professor of Politics

Rosie Campbell joined Birkbeck in 2003 and is a Professor of Politics. She has recently written on what voters want from their parliamentary candidates, attitudes to MPs’ roles, the politics of diversity and gender and voting behaviour. She is the principle investigator of the ESRC funded Representative Audit of Britain, which surveyed all candidates standing in the 2015 and 2017 British General Elections, co-investigator of a Leverhulme funded study of British parliamentary candidates and MPs from 1945-2015 and co-investigator of the Danish Council for Independent funded ‘Personalisation of politics among members of Parliament’project with principal investigator Helene Helboe Pedersen (Aarhus) and co-investigator Jennifer Hudson (UCL). Rosie has been recently interviewed by the Today Programme, Westminister Hour, Woman’s Hour, Newsnight and Good Morning Britain.

Rosie has presented four episodes of Radio Four’s Analysis programme:

Authenticity aired on the 13th of November 2017.

'How voters decide' Part I and Part II both aired in February 2017.

‘Tearing up the politics textbooks’ which aired on the 26th of September 2016.

Follow Rosie on Twitter: @profrosiecamp

Research interests

    The Representative Audit of Britain

    The Representative Audit of Britain brings research on British parliamentary candidates together under one umbrella combining the British Representation Study and the Comparative Candidate Study. We conducted a comprehensive survey of candidates standing in the 2015 and 2017 British general elections, gathering data on their attitudes, backgrounds and experiences.  The research team are working with the British Election Study to ensure that the data can be used to make elite/mass comparisons. The candidate information can also be combined with constituency data and social indicators generated from census data. The dataset is a powerful tool for analysing who gets selected and who gets elected.

    Principal Investigator: Rosie Campbell

    Co-investigators: Jennifer Hudson (UCL) & Wolfgang Rudig (Strathclyde)

    Research team: Peter Allen (Queen Mary), Sarah Childs (Bristol), Caitlin Malazzo (Nottingham), Joni Lovenduski (Birkbeck) & Maria Sobolewska (Manchester)

    The New Political Class? Jennifer VanHeerde-Hudson and Rosie Campbell

    Our motivation for this project emerges from a widely held belief among the British public that the political class—the parties and politicians who represent us—are in increasingly out of touch, insular and unable to understand the lives and concerns of the ordinary British citizen. Some recent evidence suggests that politicians are increasingly drawn from a narrowing middle class—a privileged class—despite significant efforts at increasing the descriptive representation of elected representatives. We want to know, is it true? How has the political class changed over time, if at all?

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  • This project is made possible through the generous funding of the Leverhulme Trust (RPG-2013-175).

Areas of research supervision

    Able to supervise research students who are undertaking quantitative or qualitative research projects concerned with voting behaviour or political participation, gender difference or equality.

    If you are interested in pursuing research in any of these areas, you should first read our advice on how to apply for MPhil/PhD research before submitting an application.

Recent publications

    • Campbell, R., Cowley, Philip., Vivyan, Nick. & Markus Wagner. (Forthcoming). Why friends and neighbors? Explaining the electoral appeal of local roots. Journal of Politics.
    • Campbell, R. and Erzeel, S. (2018). Exploring gender differences in support for rightist parties: the role of party and gender ideology. Politics and Gender. 14(1) pp. 80-105.
    • Campbell, Rosie & Oliver Heath. (2017). Do Women vote for Women Candidates? Attitudes Towards Descriptive Representation and Voting Behaviour in the 2010 British Election. Politics and Gender 13:2 pp. 209-231.
    • Evans, J., K. Arzheimer, R. Campbell & P. Cowley (2017) Candidate localness and voter choice in the 2015 General Election in England. Political Geography, 59, 61-71.
    • Lamprinakou, Chrysa, Marco Morucci, Rosie Campbell, and Jennifer van Heerde-Hudson.  2017.  "All Change in the House? The Profile of Candidates and Mps in the 2015 British General Election."  Parliamentary affairs 70: 207-32.
    • Campbell, Rosie (2016) Representing women voters: the role of the Gender Gap and the response of political parties. Party Politics 22 (5), pp. 587-597.
    • Campbell, R., Cowley, P., Vivyan, N. & M. Wagner. (2016) Legislator dissent as a valence signal. British Journal of Political Science. Online first DOI 10.1017/S0007123416000223.
    • Campbell, R. & Childs, S. (2015) To the Left, To the Right’: Representing Conservative Women’s Interests. Party Politics. 21(4): 626-637
    • Campbell, R. & S. Childs. (2015). All aboard the pink battle bus? Women voters, women’s issues, candidates and party leaders. Parliamentary Affairs. 68(1): 206-223.
    • Campbell, R. & Cowley, P. (2015). Attitudes to moonlighting politicians: evidence from the UK. Journal of Experimental Political Science. 2:1; 63-72.
    • Campbell, R. and S. Childs (2015). "Conservatism, feminisation and the representation of women in UK politics." British Politics 10(2): 148-168.
    • Campbell, R. and S. Childs (2015). What the Coalition Did for Women: A New Gender Consensus, Coalition Division and Gendered Austerity. The Coalition Effect, 2010–2015. A. Seldon and M. Finn. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press: 397-499.
    • Allen, Peter, David Cutts, and Rosie Campbell. 2016. "Measuring the Quality of Politicians Elected by Gender Quotas – Are They Any Different?". Political Studies 64: 143-63.
    • Campbell, R. & Cowley, P. (2014) Rebellion versus Loyalty, Shirking versus Working: A note on framing parliamentary behaviour. Representation. 50:4; 421-427.
    • Campbell, R. & Lovenduski. J. (2015). What should MPs do? Public and parliamentarians’ views compared. Parliamentary Affairs. 68 (4): 690-708.
    • Campbell, Rosie & Childs, Sarah. (Eds.)(2014).  Deeds and Words: Gendering Politics After Joni Lovenduski. Colchester: ECPR Press.
    • Campbell, R. and S. Childs (2014). "Parents in Parliament: ‘Where’s Mum?’." Political Quarterly 85(4): 487-492.
    • Campbell, R. & Cowley. P. (2014). The Representation of Women in Politics, Addressing the Supply-Side: Public Attitudes to Job-Sharing Parliamentarians. British Politics. 9: 430-449.
    • Campbell, R. & Cowley, P. (2014). Rich man, poor man, politician man: wealth effects in a candidate biography survey experiment. British Journal of Politics and International Relations. 16(1): 56-74.
    • Campbell, R. & Childs, S. (Forthcoming). To the Left, To the Right’: Representing Conservative Women’s Interests. Party Politics.
    • Campbell, R. 2013. Leaders, footsoldiers and befrienders: The gendered nature of social capital and political participation in Britain.British Politics, 8, 28-50.
    • Campbell, R. & Cowley, P. (2014). What Voters Want: Reactions to Candidate Characteristics in a Survey Experiment. Political Studies. 62 (4): 745-765.
    • Rosie Campbell and Sarah Childs. 2013. The Impact Imperative: Here Come the Women ;-). Political Studies Review, 11(2): 182-189.
    • Campbell, Rosie. 2012. What do we really know about women voters? Gender, elections and public opinion. Political Quarterly,83, 703-710.
    • Campbell, Rosie. 2011. "Chapter 9: The Politics of Diversity " in Developments in British Politics 9, edited by Richard Heffernan, Philip Cowley, and Colin Hay. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
    • Campbell, Rosie, and Sarah Childs. 2010. "Apathetic, parochial, conservative? Women and elite/mass politics 1979 to present." in What Difference did the Vote Make: Women and Citizenship in Britain and Ireland in the 20th Century, edited by Esther Breitenbach and Pat Thane. London: Continuum.
    • Campbell, Rosie, and Sarah Childs. 2010. "Wags’, ‘Wives’ and ‘Mothers’… But what about Women Politicians? ." in The UK Votes: The 2010 General Election, edited by Andrew Geddes and Jonathon Tonge. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
    • Ashe, Jeanette, Rosie Campbell, Sarah Childs, and Elizabeth Evans. 2010. "‘Stand by your Man’: Women’s Political Recruitment at the 2010 UK General Election " British Politics 5:455-480.
    • Campbell, Rosie., Childs, Sarah & Lovenduski, J. (2010). Do Women Need Women Representatives? British Journal of Political Science. 40(1): 171-194.
    • Campbell, Rosie & Winters, Kristi. (2008). Understanding Men's and Women's Political Interests: Evidence from a Study of Gendered Political Attitudes. Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties. 18(1): 53 – 74.
    • Campbell, Rosie. (2006). Gender and Voting Behaviour in Britain. Colchester: ECPR Press. (The manuscript has been received and accepted by the publishers and will be published in November 2006).
    • Campbell, Rosie. & Lovenduski, Joni. (2005). Winning women’s votes? The incremental track to equality. Parliamentary Affairs Vol 58(4):837-853.
    • Childs, Sarah., Lovenduski, Joni. & Campbell, Rosie. (2005). Women at the top: changing numbers changing politics? Hansard Society Report.
    • Gender, Ideology and Issue Preference: Is there such a Thing as a Political Women's interest in Britain? BJPIR:2004, Vol 6, 20-46.


Rosie Campbell

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