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In this unique year for democracy, around 1.5 billion people will be going to the polls as more than 50 countries are holding significant elections during 2024.

Ahead of International Women’s Day, the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy (SSPP) at King’s is hosting a panel discussion to explore the role women will play in this extraordinary year of elections.

With our speakers we will look at upcoming elections in UK, India, Europe and USA and consider questions such as:

  • How much will women’s turnout determine who gets into power?
  • How might women’s priorities shape the campaigns of those seeking to win their vote?
  • What has history taught us about what happens as women gain influence and power through the ballot box?

The panel, chaired by the SSPP Executive Dean Professor Linda McKie, will feature:

  • Professor Rosie Campbell:  Professor of Politics and Director of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at King’s whose work covers barriers to participation in politics, gendered patterns of voting behaviour, the politics of diversity and political recruitment, and what voters want from their elected representatives.
  • Professor Niraja Gopal Jayal:  King’s India Institute’s Avantha Chair and Centennial Professor at The London School of Economics in the Department of Gender Studies. Her research covers the fields of citizenship, democracy and welfare in India and her most recent book explores India’s fragile democracy.
  • Dr Isabelle Hertner:  Senior Lecturer in Politics of Britain in Europe at King’s and Director of King’s Centre for German Transnational Relations. Her research covers political parties at the EU and national level, focusing on the UK, Germany, and France, including a focus on women’s representation and LGBTQ+ representation.
  • Dr Mona Morgan-Collins:  Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Gender and Political Economy at King’s and a visiting scholar at Harvard University. Her primary research interests are around the intersection of comparative politics, political economy, history and politics and women in politics, with substantive focus on women’s suffrage.

The event will take place on Wednesday 6 March from 14:00 to 16:30 in The Exchange in Bush House on the Strand Campus and will include networking drinks and an exhibition before and afterwards.


14:00 - Registration, refreshments and networking

14:45 - Panel discussion with Q+A

15:45- Panel discussion ends, refreshments and networking

16.30- Event close

Please ensure you arrive by 14:30 at the latest to secure your seat for the panel discussion.

Sign up now to reserve your place to join us for this stimulating discussion looking at the role women will play in determining the outcome of some of the most significant elections taking place in 2024 around the world.

This event is part of our Poll to Poll 2024 series of events and expert commentary looking at the implications of elections around the world this year.

This is a free event, which means we overbook to allow for no-shows and avoid empty seats. While we generally do not have to turn people away, this does mean we cannot guarantee all ticket holders a place. Admission is on a first come, first served basis. Those without tickets will not be admitted.



At this event

Rosie Campbell

Director of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership

Isabelle Hertner

Senior Lecturer in Politics of Britain in Europe

Mona Morgan-Collins

Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Gender and Political Economy