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 British General Election, co-investigator of a Leverhulme funded study of British parliamentary candidates and MPs from 1945-2015 www.parliamentarycandidates.org 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 three episodes of Radio Four’s Analysis programme:
'How voters decide' Part I http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006r4vz/episodes/player and Part II http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08g4m8w both aired in February 2017.
‘Tearing up the politics textbooks’ which aired on the 26th of September 2016. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07w9km7
Follow Rosie on Twitter: @profrosiecamp
- Find out more at http://parliamentarycandidates.org/
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 will be conducting a comprehensive survey of candidates standing in the 2015 British general election's 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 will also be combined with constituency data and social indicators generated from census data. The dataset will be 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?
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 either gender difference or equality, voting behaviour or political participation.
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.
- 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.
- Evans, Jocelyn Jocelyn., Arzheimerb Arzheimer, Kai., Campbell, Rosie & Philip Cowley. (Accepted for publication) Candidate localness and voter choice in the 2015 General Election in England Candidate localness and voter choice in the 2015 General Election in England. Political Geography.
- Campbell, R. & O. Heath. (Forthcoming). Do Women vote for Women Candidates? Attitudes Towards Descriptive Representation and Voting Behaviour in the 2010 British Election. Politics and Gender.
- Lamprinakou, C. Morucci, M. Campbell, R and J. Hudson. (Accepted for publication) Shuffling the House? The Profile of MPs and Candidates in the 2015 British General Election. Parliamentary Affairs.
- 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.
- How Voters Decide: Part Two: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08g4m8w
- Rosie presented an episode of Radio Four’s Analysis programme entitled ‘Tearing up the politics textbooks’ which aired on the 26th of September 2016. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07w9km7
- The Independent 9th April 2016 on voters’ attitudes to MPs’ wealth
- 14th January 2016. BBC Newsnight
- 28th October 2015. ITV’s Good Morning Britain (Discussing the House of Lords and tax credits)
- BBC Radio Four's Woman's Hour 7th October 2015
- New Statesman 16th July 2015
- BBC Radio Four's Woman's Hour 16th June 2015 (on the gender gap in the 2015 British General Election from minute 37)
- 10th May BBC Radio Five Live
- 8th May 2015. ITV’s Good Morning Britain (Discussing the election results)
- 7th May 2015 Channel Four Alternative Election Show
- BBC online news magazine 14th April 2015
- The Financial Times 27th March 2015
- Channel Four News 23rd March 2015
- The Observer 22nd March 2015
- The Telegraph 19th March 2015
- BBC Radio Four’s Today Programme 16th March 2015
- ITV Good Morning Britain 11th March 2015
- The Petticoat Vote BBC Radio Four 28th February 2015
- BBC Newsnight Wednesday 11th Feb 2015
- Daily Politics 28th January 2015 (Discussing All Women Shortlists)
- BBC Radio Four's Woman's Hour 15th December 2014
- The Economist 13th of December 2014
- Channel Four News 22nd May 2014
- The Observer 19th January 2014
- BBC2 Daily Politics 14th January 2014
- BBC Parliament ‘The Week in Parliament’ 13th January 2014
- New Statesman 16th September 2013
- BBC Radio Four's Woman's Hour 3rd July 2013
- Sheila McKechnie Foundation - 'Transforming Politics: how women activists can and should participate in electoral politics' video 22nd May 2013
- The Guardian 15th February 2013
- BBC Radio Four's Woman's Hour 12th September 2012
- Huffington Post 7th September 2012
- BBC Radio Four's Beyond Westminster - 'The Men's Vote' 7th Jan 2012
- BBC Radio Four's Woman's Hour 5th October 2011
- BBC Radio Four's Woman's Hour 18th April 2011
- BBC Radio Four's Westminster Hour 1st August 2010
- The Economist 8th April 2010
- The Sunday Times 14th March 2010
- The Guardian Comment is Free 28th March 2010
- BBC Radio Four's Analysis 14th March 2010
- BBC Radio Four's Woman's Hour 19th December 2009
- BBC Radio Four's Woman's Hour 19th November 2009
- 17th October 2007 Radio Four's 'Thinking Aloud'
- 1st August 2007 Radio Four's Woman's Hour
- 5th October 2006 Radio Four's Woman's Hour
- 4th June 2007 New Statesman
- 28th April 2004 The Guardian