Peter Kellner

Visiting Scholar
Carnegie Europe

Kellner is a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe, where his research focuses on Brexit, populism, and electoral democracy.

Peter Kellner is a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe, where his research focuses on Brexit, populism, and electoral democracy.

Prior to joining Carnegie, Kellner was president of the online survey research company, YouGov, from 2007 to 2016, after serving as the organization’s chairman from 2001 to 2007. Previously, he consulted on public opinion research to a number of organizations, including the Bank of England, the Corporation of London, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the National Westminster Bank, and the Trades Union Congress.

Kellner has worked extensively as a British journalist. He has written for a variety of newspapers and magazines, including the Times, the Independent, the Observer, and the Evening Standard, and has been a regular contributor to television and radio programs, such as BBC Newsnight and Channel Four’s A Week in Politics. He was awarded Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards in 1978.

He has been a visiting fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford; a distinguished visiting fellow at the Policy Studies Institute, London; and served as a member of committees set up by the Economic and Social Research Council to commission research into elections and social exclusion. He received a Special Recognition Award from the Political Studies Association in 2011.

Kellner is currently the chairman of the National Council for Voluntary Service (NCVO) and a trustee of UpRising, a charity that mentors young people.

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  • When Unstoppable Boris Meets Impassable Brexit
    • Tuesday, July 02, 2019

    When Unstoppable Boris Meets Impassable Brexit

    Boris Johnson, who is all but certain to become the next UK prime minister, has promised to deliver Brexit by October 31. But breaking his word has been a theme of his career.

  • Brexit After May
    • Monday, May 27, 2019

    Brexit After May

    As the race to succeed Theresa May as UK prime minister heats up, Brits must make a number of pivotal decisions that will have major consequences for the country’s future.

  • Brexit’s Endgame
    • Monday, April 01, 2019

    Brexit’s Endgame

    The next ten days will bring to a head the Brexit drama. It has strained the UK’s constitution, threatened its social cohesion, terrified its businesses, appalled its friends, and delighted its enemies.

  • Brexit: The Essential (and Depressing) Dynamics of Theresa May’s Parliament
    • Friday, March 15, 2019

    Brexit: The Essential (and Depressing) Dynamics of Theresa May’s Parliament

    Britain’s reputation for competent, pragmatic political stability has been built up over centuries. It is now being trashed daily before our eyes.

  • Brexit Showdown
    • Wednesday, January 16, 2019

    Brexit Showdown

    The chances of Britain crashing out of the EU without a deal have risen a little, the chances of a fresh referendum have risen a lot, and the chances of any kind of compromise have fallen.

  • Brexit: What Brexit? 
    • Thursday, December 13, 2018

    Brexit: What Brexit? 

    Few want the UK to crash out of the EU without a deal. After a tumultuous week for Theresa May, the chances have risen that Brexit won’t happen at all.

  • Theresa May’s Worsening Woes
    • Thursday, November 15, 2018

    Theresa May’s Worsening Woes

    The chances of a new Brexit referendum sometime in 2019 are growing—as is the possibility that the UK will not, in the end, leave the EU at all.

  • Brexit’s Never-ending Transition
    • Tuesday, October 09, 2018

    Brexit’s Never-ending Transition

    Whatever happens in the next few weeks, implementing Brexit could make the UK a rule-taker, not a rule-maker, perhaps indefinitely.

  • Brexit: Who Will Blink First?
    • Tuesday, September 25, 2018

    Brexit: Who Will Blink First?

    The endgame in the Brexit negotiations has come down to a battle of nerve for the UK and the EU. Unless one side gives way, the chances of talks ending without a deal look high and rising.

  • Labouring Toward a New Brexit Vote
    • Tuesday, August 28, 2018

    Labouring Toward a New Brexit Vote

    To keep the majority of his supporters on side, UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn—a lifelong opponent of Brussels and all its works—might end up preventing the catastrophe of Brexit.


MA, Economics, King’s College, University of Cambridge

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