Colin is Emeritus Professor of Politics in the School of Sociology, Politics & Law at the University of Plymouth. Rallings' first degree was in Politics and Modern History from the University of Manchester. Subsequently, he was awarded a master's degree in Politics by Strathclyde and, in 1979, a Ph.D. by the University of Essex for a thesis on electoral behaviour. He joined the then Plymouth Polytechnic in 1976, being appointed Professor of Politics in 1997. With his colleague Micheal Thrasher, Rallings has written extensively on electoral systems, results and British politics. He is Co-Director of the Local Government Chronicle Elections Centre.
Colin Rallings is a long-serving leading expert for ITV News election programming and analysis.