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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  • The Reopening of the Irish Question
    • Monday, April 30, 2018

    The Reopening of the Irish Question

    The EU is fighting to keep the Irish border open under any Brexit deal.

  • Brexit: Promising the Impossible
    • Monday, March 12, 2018

    Brexit: Promising the Impossible

    Brexiteers want to conclude a deal—almost any deal—to leave the EU. Their fear is that if the negotiations drag on, Brexit may not happen. 

  • The British Conservatives and the Price of Division
    • Tuesday, February 13, 2018

    The British Conservatives and the Price of Division

    Theresa May cannot make the hard choices on Brexit until she decides what the Tory party is fundamentally about: tradition or enterprise. Either way, she is bound to put her government in peril.

  • The Saga of Brexit Politics in 2018
    • Monday, January 15, 2018

    The Saga of Brexit Politics in 2018

    Theresa May’s government most likely will limp on, but enough Conservatives will side with other parties to insist on a second EU referendum.

  • Brexit: UK Defers the Hard Choices
    • Monday, December 11, 2017

    Brexit: UK Defers the Hard Choices

    Theresa May has persuaded the EU to move to the next round of Brexit talks. Now she must decide which promises to break.

Education

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

Languages
  • English
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