IPR Sabbaticals

Professor Graham Room, Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath

Professor Graham Room is Professor of European Social Policy at the University of Bath. He is author, co-author or editor of thirteen books, the most recent being Agile Actors on Complex Terrains: Transformative Realism and Public Policy (Routledge, 2016). He was Director of the Institute for Policy Research (IPR) until December 2013. He was Founding Editor of the Journal of European Social Policy and is a member of the UK Academy of Social Sciences.

During his IPR Sabbatical, Professor Room will spend time at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. There his work will have two strands. He will, first, hope to deepen his understanding of the debates on Europe underway in Germany; building on his IPR report, 'From Brexit to European Renewal', he will hope to contribute more effectively to those debates, both academic and political. Second, over recent years he has been applying complexity science to policy analysis. The visit to Hirtie will enable him to explore how these perspectives relate to the general study of public policy and to the development of policy tools.

IPR Visiting Professor

Professor Dr Ricardo García Mira, Department of Psychology, University of A Coruña

Professor Dr Ricardo García Mira is Professor of Social and Environmental Psychology in the Department of Psychology, at the University of A Coruña. 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.

Professor 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).

Professor 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

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.

Read Professor Maguire's report on 'Barriers to Women Entering Parliament and Local Government'.

IPR Policy Fellow

Dr Aruna Sharma

Aruna Sharma holds a PhD in Development Economics from Delhi University, and her areas of interest include; effective outcome-oriented governance using convergence and digitalisation; and strengthening livelihood opportunities by value addition, and developing resource efficient and climate friendly modules.

Aruna Sharma previously served as 1982 Batch Indian Administrative Service Officer for the Madhya Pradesh Cadre and as Secretary, Ministry of Steel, and Government of India until 2018. She was the Co-Chair of the Global Steel Forum from 2017-18. She was named “Data Champion” by John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, for developing an IT based data module for bringing efficiency in Government functioning using high-quality data systems.

At the IPR, Aruna will continue her research on poverty as a multi-dimensional and complex debate across the globe - particularly in a world of digital divide. Her research will not only capture vulnerable households and individuals, deprived of having equal access to Government interventions and market opportunities for self and household growth, but also the shift from welfare approach to entitlement. Using the Samruddhi (Prosperity) model, Aruna will develop a digital data model for common household wise (comprising individuals) by capturing different diverse parameters, and thus enabling to extract entitlements to target Government interventions.

Dr Jurgen De Wispelaere

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.

IPR Visiting Fellow

Dr Ian Kearns

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.

View Dr Kearns' project page.

Professor Allister McGregor

Allister McGregoris Professor of Political Economy in the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield. Prior to Sheffield, he was at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex, where he was leader of Vulnerability and Poverty Reduction Team and a member of the Senior Management Group, and taught in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Bath.

While at the IPR, Professor McGregor will work on his forthcoming book ‘The Political Economy of Human Wellbeing in a Globalised World’, and continue his research on an ESRC-funded project, ‘Sustainable Care: Connecting Systems and People’, where he is analysing the political economy of inequalities in the UK social care system.

Professor Peter Whiteford

Peter Whiteford is a Professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University, Canberra. Between 2008 and 2012 he worked at the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney. He previously worked as a Principal Administrator in the Directorate of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris. His work at the OECD encompassed pension and welfare policies in OECD countries, Eastern Europe and China. He also worked on child poverty, family assistance policies, and welfare reform.

During his time at the IPR, Professor Whiteford will work with Professor Jane Millar on research which will explore the design of social security benefits, particularly how they can be redesigned to better suit changing work patterns and income risks associated with technological change.

IPR Visiting Policy Fellow

Mats Karlsson, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Mats Karlsson is former Director of the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, and is currently Visiting Professor at Columbia University teaching at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). He previously served as World Bank Vice President of External Affairs and United Nations Affairs, and as World Bank Country Director for Maghreb (region West and North Africa). Early in his career, Mats worked at the Swedish Foreign Ministry as Chief Economist, he served as Foreign Policy Advisor to Swedish Prime Minister Ingvar Carlsson's Commission on Global Governance (1992-1994), as well as the Swedish State Secretary for international development cooperation (1994-1999).

During his time at the IPR, Mats will contribute to the analysis of future forms of UK-EU security cooperation post-Brexit. He will look at the evolving nature of threats to security, and seek to analyse and understand the roots of new security challenges, political-economy dimensions, as well as impediments to informed, rational dialogue. In taking such a substantive approach to analysing security threats, Mats seeks to better inform discussion regarding how Europe can work better together, specifically with the United Kingdom.

Graeme Cooke, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

Graeme Cooke is Director of Inclusive Growth for the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, 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.

Stan Gilmour, Reading at Thames Valley Police

Stan Gilmour is the Superintendent Police Commander for Thames Valley Police in Reading, Berkshire, UK. He has previously worked in Homicide, Kidnap, and Counter Terrorism roles during his 25 - year police career. Stan is a member of the Global Law Enforcement and Public Health Association and sits on several national groups examining the public health approach to crime and harm reduction, he has recently served on the national Neighbourhood Policing Guidelines Committee.

Stan is a graduate of the University of Oxford’s Criminology and Criminal Justice programme and is an External Examiner for the London Metropolitan University’s Criminology and Police Leadership programmes. Stan has published on a wide range of policing themes and his next book, Organised Crime and Politics, is due for release in March 2019.

At the IPR, Stan will be researching the Public Health approach to Local Policing and the methods and mechanisms for the co-creation of a whole community model that reduces crime and ill-health whilst maximising wellbeing.

Dr Jorge Sainz, Department of Applied Economics and Moral Philosophy, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos

Dr Jorge Sainz holds a BSc in Economics from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, a BLL from UNED, and a Master’s degree from the Simon School of Business of the University of Rochester. In 2002 he earned a PhD in Applied Economics from Universidad Rey Juan Carlos of Madrid where he is Associate Professor (tenured) in the Applied Economics and Moral Philosophy Department.

Dr Sainz has more than ten years of management experience in public educational policy design and has served as an advisor to the Minister of Education of the Madrid Region, Deputy Director for Research, Chief of Staff of the Minister of Education of Spain, General Director for University Policy, and Secretary General of Universities of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport.

He has published extensively at a professional and at academic level both on innovation and financial markets and he has been visiting Professor at several British and American universities and has collaborated with international organisations such as the European Commission, the OECD and the Organisation of Ibero American States (OEI).

He also has extensive experience in the corporate world, where he has been Chief Desk Economist at CIMD, Spain's largest Sovereign Debt Broker, and is a member of Bescos.com, an Internet startup and e-commerce General Manager at Yahoo!

IPR Visitor

Ville-Veikko Pulkka, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki

Ville-Veikko Pulkka is a visiting postgraduate scholar at the IPR and a doctoral candidate at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki. His doctoral research explores the implications of the digital economy for labour markets, public policy, and taxation. Currently, Ville-Veikko is conducting a European level analysis on the social and economic impacts of technological unemployment. The research, employing EUROMOD microsimulation modelling, is part of a Horizon2020 project entitled BEYOND 4.0.

Previously Ville-Veikko worked as a researcher at the Finnish Social Insurance Institution, Kela. During his position at Kela, he was a member of the research group that was responsible for the preparations of the world’s first nationwide basic income experiment which was launched in Finland in January 2017. More recently, Ville-Veikko has also worked as a researcher on two different Prime Minister’s Office’s research projects. These projects have examined desirable futures for work, decision-making needs and social policy solutions.

During his time at the IPR, Ville-Veikko will conduct research to support the IPR project, 'Assessing the case for basic income in light of automation and labour market change, and liaise with colleagues to further his research on Universal Credit.

See details of former IPR academic and Policy Fellow visitors