We are delighted to announce that Dr Charlie Larkin has joined the Institute for Policy Research (IPR) as its new Director of Research.

Dr Larkin was most recently Parliamentary Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health, and previously Chief of Staff to Senator Sean Barrett (Ind) of the Trinity College Dublin constituency of Seanad Éireann.

He is an adjunct Assistant Professor and Research Fellow at Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin, with visiting and distance posts at the Institute of Public Administration (Dublin, DGov programme) and Johns Hopkins University (MA Global Security Studies) in Baltimore.

Dr Larkin's principal research focus is on public policy and the impact of multilateral bailouts on European countries. He has authored several items of Irish legislation and scholarly articles in international finance and the economics of education. He is part of the organising committees of the INFINITI international finance conference and the Money, Power and Print economic history conference, both now entering their 16th year of operation.

While at the IPR, Dr Larkin will lead its programme of research, and be responsible for planning and delivering a research programme across a number of core public policy themes.

He will also manage a small team of research staff, support research grant applications, undertake postgraduate teaching, supervise doctoral students, and contribute to the IPR’s ongoing public and policymaker engagement work.

On his appointment, Director of the IPR, Professor Nick Pearce, adds:

"We’re delighted to welcome Charlie to IPR. He brings a wealth of skills and expertise from his career in academia and policymaking in the Republic of Ireland."

"He will enable us to continue expanding and improving our public policy research, and help the IPR contribute more to research and policymaking in the West of England."