IPR Sabbaticals

Dr Kate Woodthorpe, Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath.

Since joining the University of Bath in 2010, Dr Kate Woodthorpe has completed funded research on funeral costs and practice and professional development for staff in the deathcare industry. She acted as a Special Advisor to the Work and Pensions Select Committee Inquiry into Bereavement Benefits in 2016, and her work has been widely disseminated through the media, including numerous appearances on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme and BBC Breakfast, and features in The Guardian and The Telegraph. She has undertaken consultancy work with Royal London, Axa SunLife and Volunteer Cornwall.

Externally she is co-editor of the journal Mortality and sits on the editorial board for the journal Sociology. Internally, she is the Director of Teaching for the Department of Social & Policy Sciences. She supervises two PhD students and was twice voted Supervisor of the Year by the University of Bath and Students' Union (2013/14 and 2014/15).

She is a member of the Centre for Death and Society (CDAS), the UK’s only research centre devoted to the study of social aspects of death, dying and bereavement.

IPR Visiting Professor

Professor Dr Ricardo García Mira is a Professor of Social and Environmental Psychology at the Department of Psychology of the University of A Coruña, Spain, where he teaches Social Psychology at the Faculty of Educational Sciences. He has been leading the People-Environment Research Group in this University, where he has conducted applied research in environmental issues during the last 20 years. Current clients include the Galician Government, the Ministry of Science and Technology of Spain, and the European Commission (EFRD and FP7 programmes). He has been the Project Coordinator of the GLAMURS project (2014-2016), as well as the LOCAW project (2011-2013), and a partner of the TRANSIT project (2014-2017). He has been coordinating some recent research on the 'Prestige' disaster which occurred in 2002, and the Northwest Spain fires which occurred in 2006.

R. García Mira is the President of the International Association for People-Environment Studies (IAPS), he has been a Visiting Reader at the University of Surrey (UK, 2003-2012), and an International Visiting Scholar at Texas State University (San Marcos, USA, 2001). He is currently a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Bath. He gave lectures and seminars in a number of universities over the world: University of Paris V, University of Texas A&M, University of Tallin, University of Sao Paulo, Sapienza University of Rome, University of Groningen, University of Umea, and UNAM-Mexico, as well as other Spanish universities like Oviedo, Vasque Country, Madrid, Barcelona and Santiago de Compostela.

He is the current European Editor of the Journal of Architectural and Planning Research and a member of the Editorial Committee of a number of international journals. He is an author or editor of more than 100 papers, monographs and reports and a number of books on environmental assessment, environmental attitudes and methodology issues. Some recent publications are: Culture, Environmental Action and Sustainability (2004, Hogrefe); Housing, Space and Quality of Lif" (2005, Ashgate); Sostenibilidad, Valores y Cultura Ambiental / Sustainability, Values and Environmental culture (2009, Pirámide).

R. García Mira was recently elected as a Member of the Parliament of Spain, where he is the Spokesman for the Study of Climate Change among other roles.

IPR Honorary Professor

Professor Susan Maguire, formerly of the University of Warwick, joined the IPR for a three-year term from 1 July 2016.

Professor Maguire’s work on the topics of education, employment and social policy have earned her great distinction and much recognition in her field. Her extensive research publications record, previous professorial appointment at the University of Warwick, substantial engagement with policymakers, and achievements in securing research funding and commissions from public bodies are all testaments to an outstanding career.

Currently working as co-investigator on a three-year ESRC fully-funded pan-EU project, 'A Lost Generation? Understanding and preventing NEETs in the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Japan', Professor Maguire brings more than her substantial experience and acumen to the IPR. It is expected that her networks with civil servants and in government will allow the IPR to offer its Policy Fellowship and Professional Doctorate Programmes to new audiences, and that University of Bath academics may have opportunity to collaborate with her on publications proceeding from her research.

In July 2017 Professor Maguire was appointed as a panel member of the UK Government’s new Independent Review into Young People’s Full-time Social Action.

You can get in touch with Professor Maguire at sm2578@bath.ac.uk.

IPR Policy Fellow

Dr Jurgen De Wispelaere is an occupational therapist turned political theorist and policy scholar. He is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Tampere (Finland), and in this capacity forms part of the Kela-led research team preparing the upcoming national basic income experiment in Finland.

Previously he worked at universities in Montreal, Barcelona, Dublin and London. His major research interest is the political analysis of basic income, which was the topic of his doctoral dissertation at the University of Tampere, and his work in this area is supported, in part, by a Political Economy Research Fellowship from the Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF).

Dr De Wispelaere has published extensively on basic income in leading international journals, including - most recently - Journal of Social Policy, Journal of Public Policy, Politics, Political Studies, International Social Security Review and Social Service Review, as well as specialist edited volumes. He is a founding co-editor of the journal Basic Income Studies and co-editor of Basic Income: An Anthology of Contemporary Research (2013, Wiley).

Jurgen De Wispelaere is a board member of the Canadian basic income network BICN/RCRG (currently taking a backseat due to his relocation to Europe) and was the co-convenor of the 2014 BIEN Congress in Montreal.

View Dr De Wispelaere's publications.

IPR Visiting Fellow

Keum Jeong Soo is an experienced policymaker who has held a number of prominent positions in the Korean government. Before joining the IPR he was Regional Director of the Ministry of Employment and Labour (MoEL) for the Gunsan Region, but he has also held the position of Director of International Relations in the Republic of Korea's Economic and Social Development Commission, and worked in various fields for the MoEL. His particular expertise lies in policy areas relating to labour standards, minimum wage, ageing societies and in-work benefits.

During his one-year fellowship, Keum is pursuing a programme of research based on the comparative study of unemployment benefits and active labour market policy across several countries including the UK and Korea. As this research progresses, he will also contribute to IPR Policy Briefs and present his research in IPR seminars.

Keum is based in 10 West 3.60, and can be reached at kjs59@bath.ac.uk or by phone on 01225 386724