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12 October 2022 | City, University of London

Sir Roger Jowell Memorial Lecture 2022: Exposing the gender gap

Why women voters will decide the next election


The annual lecture held in memory of Sir Roger Jowell will be delivered by Rosie Campbell on the next UK general election.

Date: Tuesday 12 October
Time: 18:30-21:00
Location: B200 University Building and Pavilion at City, University of London and online via Zoom


  • 18:30-19:45: lecture
  • 19:45-21:00: drinks reception

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The 2017 and 2019 election marked a dramatic shift in British politics, one that has gone largely unnoticed.

Prior to 2017 a greater proportion of women voted for the Conservative party than men in almost every general election since 1945.

This trend reversed in 2017, and again in 2019, when a greater proportion of men voted Conservative and a greater proportion of women voted Labour. In this lecture Rosie Campbell (King’s College London) will reflect on the historic trends that have generated the gender gap and consider why it has reversed.

The lecture will illustrate the invaluable contribution that the British Social Attitudes Survey and the British Election Study have made to the ability to understand the link between gender and voting behaviour; both surveys that Sir Roger Jowell played a leading role in establishing.

Campbell will explore the role gender might play in future elections in the UK and ask why the issue is not receiving more attention from academics, the media and politicians themselves.

The lecture will be followed with a Q&A session, chaired by Alison Park, Economic and Social Research Council.

The annual lecture is organised by City, University of London, the National Centre for Social Research and the Social Research Association.

Speaker: Rosie Campbell, King’s College London
Chair: Alison Park, Economic and Social Research Council

Sir Roger Jowell CBE (26 March 1942 - 25 December 2011) was an outstanding British social statistician and academic.

He founded Social and Community Planning Research (SCPR) - now NatCen Social Research - and the European Social Survey (ESS) at City, University of London.

He played a leading role in the establishment of several of the UK's leading social surveys, most famously the British Social Attitudes and the British Election Study.

He also made a major contribution to the development of robust comparative research through the International Social Survey Programme and the ESS.

Professor Rosie Campbell is professor of politics and director of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at King’s College London. She held positions at Birkbeck and UCL before joining King’s in 2018.

She has recently written on barriers to participation in politics, gendered patterns of support for the populist radical right and what voters want from their elected representatives.

Her publications cover the subjects of voting behaviour, public opinion, the politics of diversity and political recruitment. She is the principle investigator of the ESRC funded Representative Audit of Britain, which surveyed all candidates standing in the 2015, 2017 and 2019 British General Elections.

She has co-authored reports for the Fawcett Society, The Expert Panel on Electoral Reform for the Welsh Assembly, the EHRC, BBC Radio Four’s Woman’s Hour, The Electoral Commission, The Fabian Women’s Network and The Hansard Society.

Professor Alison Park is the Interim Executive Chair of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), having joined as Director of Research in January 2019.

Prior to joining ESRC she was Professor of Social Research and Director of CLOSER (Cohort and Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources) based at the University College London (UCL) Social Research Institute.

CLOSER brings together leading UK longitudinal studies, the British Library and the UK Data Service to maximise the use, value and impact of longitudinal studies.

Much of Alison’s career prior to joining UCL was spent at NatCen Social Research, leading research teams that designed, implemented and analysed a wide variety of government and academic studies.

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