16 January 2012
Professor Ron Johnston has been awarded Politics/Political Studies Communicator at the Political Studies Association (PSA) Awards 2011. These annual awards recognise the achievements of politicians, political campaigners, academics, journalists and other contributors to the conduct and study of politics.
A jury of distinguished academics and journalists explained their decision as follows: ‘Through his work with the Electoral Commission on boundary changes Ron Johnston has made a considerable contribution not only to political studies but has also helped shape the future of British Politics. He stands out as a clear communicator who has the capacity to communicate complex issues in an accessible manner. It is for these reasons that we feel he is a highly deserving winner of the 2011 Politics/Political Studies Communicator Award.’ In 2010 Johnston co-authored the report ‘Drawing a New Constituency Map for the United Kingdom: The Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill 2010’ which looked at the coalition Government’s proposals for electoral reform. He has also written about the proposals on the LSE British politics and policy blog.
The Annual Awards Dinner 2011 was held in London on 29 November 2011.