John Curtice

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John Curtice (2016)

Sir John Kevin Curtice FRSA FRSE FBA (born 10 December 1953)[1] is a British political scientist who is currently Professor of Politics at the University of Strathclyde[2] and Senior Research Fellow at the National Centre for Social Research.[3] He is particularly interested in electoral behaviour and researching political and social attitudes. He took a keen interest in the debate about Scottish independence.[4]

Early life[edit]

Curtice was born on 10 December 1953. He grew up in St Austell and was educated at Truro School[5] and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he read politics, philosophy and economics, and later transferred to Nuffield College as a postgraduate.[6][7]

Commitments and positions[edit]

He serves as President of the British Polling Council, vice-chair of the Economic and Social Data Service's Advisory Committee and is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Elections, the Executive Committee of the British Politics Section of the American Political Science Association, and the Policy Advisory Committee of the Institute for Public Policy Research.[2] He was formerly a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study and a member of the steering committee of the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems Project.[2]

Curtice has frequently appeared on the BBC during broadcast coverage of general elections in the United Kingdom, giving his accurate predictions of the results in 2005, 2010, 2015 and 2017.[8] He has picked up a strong following on social media, and was mentioned frequently on Twitter during the 2017 election, though he shuns this attention, adding "I've no wish to become a media celebrity".[9]

Awards and honours[edit]

Curtice was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 1992 and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2004.[2] In 2014 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy, the United Kingdom's national academy for the humanities and social sciences.[10] Curtice was appointed a Knight Bachelor in the 2018 New Year Honours for services to the Social Sciences and Politics.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Curtice is married to a medical sociologist with one daughter.[6]


  • British Social Attitudes: the 24th report (ed. with A. Park, K. Thomson, M. Phillips, M. Johnson and E. Clery), London: Sage, 2008[2]
  • British Social Attitudes: the 25th report (ed. with A. Park, K. Thomson, M. Phillips, and E. Clery), London: Sage, 2009[2]
  • Has Devolution Worked? (ed. with B. Seyd), Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2009[2]
  • Revolution or Evolution?: The 2007 Scottish Elections, (with D. McCrone, N. McEwen, M. Marsh and R.Ormston), Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2009[2]
  • British Social Attitudes: the 26th report (ed. with A. Park, K. Thomson, M Phillips, and E. Clery), London: Sage, 2010.[2]
  • British Social Attitudes: the 27th report (ed. with A. Park, E. Clery and C. Bryson), London: Sage, 2010[2]


  1. ^ "BBC News – Scottish independence: Your questions answered". 4 July 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Staff profile of Prof. John Curtice, Strathclyde University, 29 September 2008
  3. ^ "John Curtice".
  4. ^ John Curtice (25 February 2008), Where stands the Union now? Lessons from the 2007 Scottish Parliament election., Institute for Public Policy Research., archived from the original on 5 July 2010
  5. ^ Trewhela, Lee (11 December 2019). "Cornwall polling guru Sir John Curtice's surprise general election prediction". Cornwall Live.
  6. ^ a b "John Curtice: top tipster". The Guardian. 31 May 2005. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  7. ^ "Professor John Curtice, MA(Oxon), FRSA". University of Strathclyde. Archived from the original on 24 June 2012.
  8. ^ "Polling expert John Curtice gets 'unanticipated' knighthood". BBC News. 30 December 2017. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  9. ^ "The cult of Curtice: social media love for polling guru". BBC. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  10. ^ "British Academy announces 42 new fellows". Times Higher Education. 18 July 2014. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
  11. ^ "No. 62150". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 2017. p. N2.

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