Professor Nick Pearce Director of The Institute for Policy Research (IPR) and Professor of Public Policy
Nick leads the Institute for Policy Research (IPR) across the range of its research, teaching, policy programmes and public engagement activity.
Nick is the co-author with Professor Michael Kenny of Shadows of Empire: The Anglosphere in British Politics (Polity, 2018).
His current research interests include:
- the political economy of welfare state reform
- theories of public policy
- British politics, including devolution and political parties
Nick is currently supervising or co-supervising doctoral students working on universal basic income, in-work benefits, big data and policing, and widening access to higher education.
Nick has extensive experience in policy research & government policymaking. He is an author & regular commentator on public policy in print media, & writes on a wide range of issues, from contemporary British politics, public service & welfare state reform, to the changing nature of political leadership.
Nick was formerly Director of the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), where he led a team of 45 staff producing public policy research in the key areas of public services, economic reform, the welfare state, migration, energy & environment & politics & power. He co-edited journal of ideas Juncture.
Nick was also Head of the No10 Downing St. Policy Unit between 2008 & 2010, with responsibility for the formulation of policy advice to the Prime Minister. He led and managed the work of the Prime Minister’s 13 policy advisers, coordinating policy development & liaising with external stakeholders.
He has also worked as special advisor in the Home Office, Cabinet Office & former Department for Education and Employment. Nick was formerly chair of the advisory board to the UK Chief Scientist's Foresight Programme & served on the Equalities Review & the Teaching & Learning 2020 Review. He is an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, sits on the board of the RIBA, & is a member of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office's Diplomatic Excellence Panel. He is chair of trustees at Tavistock Relationships.