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Dr Peter Allen, BA, MRes, PhD (London)

Senior Lecturer in British Politics

Tel: 020 7882 2986
Location: Arts One 2.34A


Peter Allen

Office Hours: On sabbatical 2016/17 

Dr Peter Allen joined the School as a Lecturer in British Politics in September 2014. He holds an undergraduate degree from Queen Mary, University of London and an MRes and PhD from Birkbeck, University of London. 

He previously worked at the University of Bath, and was awarded my PhD in 2014.

Peter's research interests are focused on political behaviour, political ambition, representation, and gender and politics. He has published work in the journals Political Studies, Parliamentary Affairs, British Politics, Politics, and The Political Quarterly

He regularly discusses his research in the media, with recent appearances including Radio 4, BBC 1, and Bloomberg News. He also uses his research to advise the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee of the House of Commons in addition to the Local Government Association and Fabian Society.

Twitter: @peteraallen


Undergraduate teaching:

Postgraduate teaching:

  • POLM065 Theories of British Politics


Research interests:

My research focuses on: political representation, political ambition, political recruitment, gender quotas, public opinion, quantitative research methodology, and political behaviour.


Published/forthcoming articles
“What do we mean when we talk about the ‘political class’?” (2015) with Paul Cairney, Political Studies Review, accepted for publication

“Understanding legislator experiences of family-friendly working practices in political institutions” (2015) with David Cutts and Madelaine Winn, Politics & Gender, accepted for publication

“Measuring the quality of politicians elected via gender quotas – are they any different?” (2014), with David Cutts and Rosie Campbell, Political Studies, forthcoming

“Gendered candidate emergence: why don’t more women councillors become MPs?”(2013), Politics

“Linking the pre-parliamentary political experience and political careers of the 1997 General Election cohort” (2013) Parliamentary Affairs

“Last in, first out: gendered patterns of local councillor dropout’’ (2013), British Politics

“The gendered experience of women in local government” (2012), The Political Quarterly

Book chapters

“The Slippery Slope: Measuring Women’s Political Interests” (2014), with Rosie Campbell and Ana Espirito-Santo, Deeds and Words: A Festschrift for Joni Lovenduski, ECPR Press.

PhD Supervision

I am happy to supervise students in the following areas:

  • British Politics
  • Political Behaviour
  • Theories of representation
  • Gender and Politics

Public engagement

I have used my research to advise various non-academic organisations including The Fawcett Society, The Fabian Women’s Network, the Leadership Centre for Local Government (part of the Local Government Association), and the House of Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Committee.

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