Who we are
The Magna Carta Institute is based at Brunel University and was formally established in January 2009. It interacts with research activities throughout the University, drawing upon extensive and world-class expertise. As an interdisciplinary Institute, it effectively brings together leading academics in the fields of politics, government, law, international relations, economics, media, communications, ethics and leadership.
The Magna Carta Institute is outward facing, and has an Advisory Board that includes key figures from outside the University and patrons from public life. The Institute works with politicians, lawyers, civil servants, business leaders and think tanks, as well as academics from other national and international universities.
The Institute Director is Professor Justin Fisher, a political scientist of international renown and co-editor of the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties. His personal research interests include elections, political parties, campaigning, party finance, constitutional reform, and British and comparative politics.
Professor Justin Fisher has acted as an advisor and consultant to numerous bodies including the Committee on Standards in Public Life, the Electoral Commission, the Public Administration Select Committee, the Phillips Review of Party Finance, and the Council of Europe. He regularly appears in the broadcast media, commenting upon key political issues.