Ellie Chowns

Ellie Chowns

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Chowns in 2019
Member of the European Parliament
for West Midlands
Assumed office
2 July 2019[1][2]
Preceded bySiôn Simon
Personal details
Born (1975-03-07) 7 March 1975 (age 44)
Political partyGreen Party

Eleanor Elizabeth "Ellie" Chowns (born 7 March 1975) is a British politician, who has been the Green Party Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the West Midlands since June 2019.[3] She has been a councillor on Herefordshire Council since 2017, representing the Bishops Frome & Cradley ward, and is leader of the council's Green group.[4]

Early life and education

Chowns studied geography, environmental studies, and development studies at the University of Sussex, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1997. She then undertook a one-year Master of Professional Studies (MProf) degree in sustainable development at the University of Middlesex, graduating in 1998. She later undertook doctoral research in international development at the University of Birmingham. She completed her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in 2014, with a doctoral thesis titled "The political economy of community management: a study of factors influencing sustainability in Malawi's rural water supply sector".[5][6]


She is a specialist in international development, having worked for charities such as Voluntary Service Overseas and Christian Aid and as a lecturer at the University of Birmingham.[5]

Political career

Chowns got involved in politics in 2015.[7] In 2017 she was elected as a councillor on Herefordshire Council, and became the leader of the Green group. She also stood in the general election in North Herefordshire, securing 5.5% of the vote.

In May 2019, Chowns was re-elected onto the Herefordshire Council, with 78.6% of the vote. Later in the month, Chowns was subsequently elected as an MEP in the 2019 European elections, winning 10.66% of the voteshare. In the same election, the Green Party won 7 MEPs, up from 3.

Extinction Rebellion

Chowns was arrested on 14 October 2019 in Trafalgar Square defending the rights of Extinction Rebellion protesters to continue. She was released pending investigation.[8]

Selected works

  • Chowns, Ellie (October 2015). "Is Community Management an Efficient and Effective Model of Public Service Delivery? Lessons from the Rural Water Supply Sector in Malawi". Public Administration and Development. 35 (4): 263–276. doi:10.1002/pad.1737.


  1. ^ "Key dates ahead". European Parliament. 20 May 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Key dates ahead". BBC News. 22 May 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  3. ^ "The UK's European elections 2019". BBC News. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Councillor details - Councillor Ellie Chowns". Herefordshire Council. 27 May 2019. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Dr Ellie Chowns". University of Birmingham. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  6. ^ Chowns, Eleanor (2014). "The political economy of community management: a study of factors influencing sustainability in Malawi's rural water supply sector". E-Thesis Online Service. The British Library Board. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Rebrick meets: Dr Ellie Chowns MEP". Rebrick. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  8. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-49185007

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