Georgina Sturge

Georgina Sturge

Georgina Sturge is a statistician at the House of Commons Library, which is the research service to the UK Parliament. She is part of a team that advises Members of Parliament from all parties on the use of statistics, and which carries out research for them in preparation for debates and other Parliamentary work.

Georgina writes about the use of data by politicians, policy makers, and by all of us. We’ve all heard of fake news and dodgy statistics but deliberate manipulation isn’t the only means by which numbers can be unreliable. Behind much of the important data used to design policy lies a hidden world of human decision making about what to count and measure and how to do it. Her first book, which is due in 2022, shows where governments past and recent have come unstuck due to bad data and shows how we can take a more critical approach to relying on numbers.

Georgina studied at the University of Oxford, the United Nations University and the University of Maastricht. She is an adviser to the Office for National Statistics and the University of Oxford’s Migration Observatory. Before coming to Parliament, she had a career as a primary researcher in the field of global development and carried out data collection through large-scale surveys in several countries.