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Dr Laura Richards-Gray

  • Overview



    I am a Lecturer in British Politics in the Department of Politics at Birkbeck. I joined Birkbeck in January 2020 after completing my PhD at Queen Mary, University of London. I previously worked in research and policy positions in the public and private sector, including at the Electoral Commission, the Audit Commission and Ipsos MORI. I have also worked for a political party and served as a local councillor.

    My research interests are gender and the welfare state with a focus on British politics. 

    In term 1 2023/24 I will be teaching Modern British Politics (PG) and Qualitative Social Research Methods (PG). I will be on research leave in term 2. 

    I am Programme Director for Birkbeck's MSc Politics and Postgraduate Education Lead for the School of Social Sciences. 

    I supervise postgraduate dissertation students and PhD students focusing on British politics and/or gender and politics.  

    Office hours

    Appointments are available on request. 


    Administrative responsibilities

    • Postgraduate Education Lead, School of Social Sciences
    • Programme Director MSc Politics


  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching


    I welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students who are interested in undertaking research in any of my areas of research interest i.e. gender, political participation, political representation, the welfare state and British politics. 


    Teaching modules

    • Modern British Politics (POSO020S7)
    • Power and Politics in the UK (POSO020S7)
    • Foundations of Social and Political Science (SSPO017S4)
    • Qualitative Social Research Methods (SSPO242H7)
    • Qualitative Social Research Methods (SSPO242H7)
    • Qualitative Research Design (SSPO243H7)
    • Qualitative Research Design (SSPO243H7)
  • Publications