Robert Waller (pundit)

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Robert Waller (born September 1955) is a British election expert, author, teacher, and former opinion pollster. His best known published work is The Almanac of British Politics[1] (8 editions, 1983–2007), a guide to the voting patterns of all United Kingdom parliamentary constituencies.

Education and Career[edit]

Waller was born at Stoke-on-Trent, and educated first at Buxton College in Derbyshire, and then at the University of Oxford. In 1977, he earned a BA in History from Balliol College,[2] and in 1981, graduated from Merton College[3] with an MA and D.Phil. in History. His doctoral thesis, a historical study of the Dukeries district of Nottinghamshire,[4] was published by Oxford University Press in 1983 under the title The Dukeries Transformed.[5] He was a Fellow of Magdalen College from 1980 to 1984.[6]

From 1984 to 1986, Waller was a lecturer and tutor in Politics and History at the University of Oxford, as well as an assistant professor at the University of Notre Dame. In 1986, he became the research director of the Harris Research Centre, responsible for national opinion polling. He remained in this position until 1998, when he took up secondary school teaching. He has since taught at Brighton College, Dame Alice Harpur School in Bedford, and Haileybury in Hertford. In 2001 he was made head of History and Politics at the Greenacre School for Girls in Banstead, Surrey.[7]

From 2008 until the 2010 general election, Waller contributed a monthly column to Totally Politics magazine.[8]



  1. ^ Glover, Julian (1 August 2002). "Redrawing the map". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  2. ^ The Balliol College Register 7th edition; Balliol College 2005.
  3. ^ Merton College Register II; Merton College 1990.
  4. ^ Robert, Waller (1981). "The social and political development of a new coalfield". Oxford Research Archive. 
  5. ^ Waller, Robert J. (1983). The Dukeries Transformed: The Social and Political Development of a Twentieth-century Coalfield. Oxford Historical Monographs. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-821896-6. 
  6. ^ Magdalen College Register, 9th issue; Magdalen College 1997.
  7. ^ "Greenacre School staff list" (PDF). Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  8. ^ Mackinlay, Sarah (24 November 2008). "From the editor". Total Politics. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 

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