The British Election Study (BES) is one of the longest running election studies worldwide and the longest running social science survey in the UK. It has made a major contribution to the understanding of political attitudes and behaviour over nearly sixty years. Surveys have taken place immediately after every general election since 1964.
The 2019-2024 British Election Study is led by Prof Edward Fieldhouse (University of Manchester), Prof Jane Green (Oxford), Prof Geoffrey Evans (Oxford), Dr Jonathan Mellon (University of Manchester) and Dr Christopher Prosser (University of Manchester). This is a continuation of the British Election Study led by the Universities of Manchester and Oxford between 2014 and 2019.
The British Election Study is funded by the Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC).