Biography

Toby S. James is Professor of Politics and Public Policy, and Head of Politics in the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies at the University of East Anglia.  He has held positions at the universities of Sydney, York, Swansea, Trinity College, Dublin and the John W. Kluge Center in the Library of Congress, Washington D.C.  

Toby’s research focuses on the administration and management of the electoral process, the policy process and political leadership. He has had articles published in leading international journals such as International Political Science Review, Electoral Studies, Government and Opposition, Parliamentary Affairs, Public Money & Management and the British Journal of Politics and International Relations.  He is the author or co-editor of four books: Elite Statecraft and Election Administration (Palgrave, 2012), co-editor of British Labour Leaders and British Conservative Leaders (both Biteback, 2015) and is currently working on a book on Comparative Electoral Management (Routledge, 2020).

Toby was the co-founder and co-convenor of the Electoral Management Research Network which brings together leading scholars on electoral management (see www.electoralmanagement.com).  He has written commissioned policy reports for national and international organisations, given invited evidence to many Parliamentary committees and collaborated with organisations such as the Venice Commission.  He is currently Senior Fellow to the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Democratic Participation and Advisor to the Law Commission's Review of Electoral Law.  He is also on the Scientific Board for the Permanent Electoral Authority of Romania’s Electoral Expert Review and been an invited speaker around the world including at Harvard University and South Korea. 

Toby’s research has been externally funded by the British Academy, Leverhulme Trust, AHRC, ESRC, Nuffield Foundation, SSHRC and the McDougall Trust.  His work on electoral management and democratic participation led to him being a finalist for the ESRC Impact Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Public Policy in 2018.

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