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Directed by Professor Jon Davis, the Strand Group explores how power operates at the centre of government. Its research and teaching activities examine the history and operation of the institutions of British government. The group’s events bring together figures from the worlds of government, business, journalism and academia to discuss pertinent contemporary issues and to place them into their historical context, and perform an important public engagement function for King’s College London. The Strand Group’s teaching programme also brings practitioners into the classroom to provide students with a unique opportunity to interrogate primary sources first-hand. Two of the group’s MA modules are now partnered with government institutions (No. 10 Downing Street and HM Treasury). A new corporate function, providing institutional training, consultancy and bespoke events, is now emerging.

Each of these strands of the group’s work informs and enhances the others, in a ‘virtuous circle’.

Core Team

Professor Jon Davis 






Martin Stolliday






Dr Michelle Clement






Dr Jack Brown








Professor Ed Balls