IPR Sabbaticals

Dr Felicia Fai, School of Management, University of Bath.

Dr Felicia Fai is Associate Professor of International Business and Innovation at the University of Bath’s School of Management. Her expertise in the development of corporate technological competence, and the core competences and technological base required for corporate longevity in a range of manufacturing industries, has led to her focus on how ‘openness’ enables innovation to drive economic growth.

Her work with the IPR will centre on the development of the UK’s industrial strategy, a key priority of Theresa May’s government. Using data from regional audits, Dr Fai will first develop an overview of innovative capabilities in five regions of the UK, before bringing in ideas from the academic literature to make recommendations as to how each region can build on its current strengths. Finally, she will suggest methods and policy approaches by which this ‘smart specialisation’ might be affected.

Dr Susan Milner, Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies, University of Bath.

Dr Susan Milner is Reader in European Politics at the University of Bath’s Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies. Her research focuses on employment and social policy in Europe, with a particular emphasis on work-family policies, employment relations and the future of work.

During her IPR Sabbatical Dr Milner will work closely with the Government Equalities Office, the Women and Equalities Committee and the Equalities and Human Rights Commission to develop an evidence-based strategy for supporting working parents in a post-Brexit landscape. The government’s current Brexit strategy leaves open many questions about the future of social rights, which will be protected during an initial period but vulnerable subsequently – and this project will aim to ensure that these are protected.

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

Dr Ian Kearns is Senior Associate Fellow at the Police Foundation and has 25 years of experience working in the public, private and NGO sectors. He is a former Deputy Director and Acting Director of the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) where he provided strategic direction on digital government, the new digital economy, national security and crime. Prior to this Ian was a Director of the Global Government Industry Practice of Electronic Data Systems (EDS), an IT services firm with a $20bn turnover. Ian also co-founded and served as the first Director of the European Leadership Network, a network of former Prime Ministers, foreign and defence ministers and other senior figures focused on security issues. He now serves on the organisation’s Executive Board of Directors.

During his time at the IPR, Dr Kearns will conduct research into data-driven policing and public value. The project will focus on identifying leading data-driven policing initiatives in the UK and overseas and on assessing their potential to impact positively on crime prevention and detection outcomes, police efficiency, and the relationship between the public and the police. It will build up a picture of innovative practice in this area and shine a light on both its benefits and potential pitfalls. At the conclusion of his fellowship, Dr Kearns is expected to deliver a lecture and policy paper on his work.

IPR Visiting Policy Fellow

Graeme Cooke is Head of Strategy and Change in the Chief Executive’s Department of Islington Council, and has previously held a number of prominent positions in various think tanks as well as a period as a policy adviser in government.

Graeme’s work with the IPR will focus on how trends in the structure and nature of the labour market since the Great Recession are affecting employment outcomes and opportunities for citizens with a long-term health condition or disability. In particular, it will explore what factors are associated with different labour market outcomes for this group of citizens/workers and the extent to which the rise of non-traditional forms of work, including those associated with new technology, is impacting on them. In addition, the research will seek to identify and review innovations aimed at better enabling citizens with a long-term health condition or disability to gain and retain work, beyond traditional or mainstream forms of welfare-to-work provision.

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