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Associate Professor, University of Lincoln

Mark Bennister joined the University of Lincoln in 2018. He is Director, Lincoln Policy Hub and Director of the Lincoln Parliamentary Research Centre (ParliLinc). He was Reader in Politics at Canterbury Christ Church University from 2010 until 2018. Mark was a parliamentary academic fellow 2016-19. He previously held positions at UCL and the University of Sussex. He gained his DPhil from Sussex in 2009. Mark is a an Associate Research Fellow at the Crick Centre, University of Sheffield and was a Visiting Lecturer, Tufts University. Mark worked as an Executive Officer at the Australian High Commission in London from 1998 until 2004. He also worked as a parliamentary researcher at the House of Commons and European Parliament from 1993 until 1997.

Mark is an expert in comparative prime ministerial leadership. He published 'Prime Ministers in Power: A Comparative Study of Political Leadership in Britain and Australia' in March 2012 and 'The Leadership Capital Index' in 2017. Mark gained his doctorate from the University of Sussex (2004-2008), where he was awarded a 1+3 ESRC studentship. Mark has an MSc in Social Research (Sussex 2005), MA in Contemporary European Studies (Loughborough 1993), and BA Hons in Social Sciences (Nottingham Trent University 1990).


  • 2018–present
    Associate professor, University of Lincoln
  • 2010–2018
    Senior lecturer, Canterbury Christ Church University


  • 2009 
    Sussex University, PhD Political Science


  • 2017
    Leadership Capital Index, Oxford
  • 2012
    Prime Ministers in Power: Political Leadership in Britain and Australia, Palgrave

Professional Memberships

  • Political Studies Association