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Visiting Academic at International IDEA and Professor of Politics and Public Policy, University of East Anglia

Toby is Professor of Politics and Public Policy at the University of East Anglia, UK and Visiting Academic at International IDEA. He has previously held positions at the University of York, Trinity College, Dublin, John W. Kluge Center in the Library of Congress, Washington D.C, and Sydney University.

He has had articles published in international journals such as Electoral Studies, Contemporary Politics, Election Law Journal, Parliamentary Affairs and the British Journal of Politics and International Relations and is the author of 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’s research has been externally funded by the British Academy, Leverhulme Trust, AHRC, ESRC, Nuffield Foundation and the McDougall Trust. He has written commissioned policy reports for national and international organisations and given invited evidence to Parliamentary committees. He is currently a 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 Electoral Expert Review.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in British & Comparative Politics, University of East Anglia


  • 2010 
    University of York, PhD