IPR Sabbaticals

Professor Graham Room

Graham is Professor of European Social Policy in the Department of Social and Policy Sciences at the University of Bath. During his IPR Sabbatical, he will spend time at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin to further research the debates on Europe underway in Germany. He will also continue his research on complexity science to policy analysis, and further explore the general study of public policy and the development of policy tools.

IPR Visiting Professor

Professor Allister McGregor

Allister is a former IPR Visiting Fellow and previously worked as Professor of Political Economy in the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield. Before that he was Head of the Vulnerability and Poverty Team at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex. While at the IPR, he will continue to work on issues of inclusive development and on initiatives that bring the University and local community together. He will also help supervise our students undertaking the Professional Doctorate in Policy Research and Practice, and support teaching for the Department of Social and Policy Sciences.

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Professor Dr Ricardo García Mira

Ricardo 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 at the 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).

IPR Honorary Professor

Professor Sue Maguire

Sue is an Honorary Professor at the University of Bath. Her work on the topics of education, employment and social policy have earned her great distinction and much recognition in her field. Her expertise in research which explores youth transitions, and specifically the challenges faced by disadvantaged and disengaged groups of young people, has made a significant impact on academic thinking and policy formation, both nationally and internationally.

IPR Visiting Fellow

Hong-Seok Jeong

Hong-Seok Jeong has worked for the Ministry of Employment and Labour (MOEL), Republic of Korea, for over 10 years. He is currently the Director of the Bucheon Job Center in the Bucheon Regional Labour Office, where he is responsible for employment support, including unemployment benefits and subsidies related to employment retention. During his time at the IPR, he will undertake a new research project entitled ‘A study on cases of relieving youth unemployment through customised vocational education and employment support service’.

Steve Webb

Steve Webb is Partner at Lane Clark & Peacock and a public policy expert with considerable political experience, including roles as Pensions Minister (2010 – 2015) and MP (1997 – 2015). Prior to his political career, he was an academic at the University of Bath. During his time at the IPR, he will conduct research to examine later life financial prospects through a holistic lens. Using secondary datasets, he will look at financial trend projection, pension provision, and other facets affecting household wealth. Through his research, Steve seeks to influence pensions policymakers and public policymakers more broadly, when formulating policy around later life wealth.

Fran Bennett

Fran Bennett is an Honorary Researcher in the Department of Social Policy and Intervention at the University of Oxford. She is also an independent consultant, who has written extensively on social policy issues for the UK government, NGOs and others; a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences; former Director and Deputy Director of the Child Poverty Action Group; and former policy advisor on UK and EU poverty issues for Oxfam GB. During her time at the IPR, Fran will continue to lead on the ESRC-funded IPR project, 'Couples balancing work, money and care: exploring the shifting landscape under Universal Credit'.

Dr Jane Kennedy

Dr Jane Kennedy is Head of Research and Data at the London Borough of Newham. Jane is also a Continuing Fellow at the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Science and Policy. Jane has previously led Audit Commission national studies on police VFM and partnership working and led policy in local government. During her time at Bath she will research the use of policy and innovation labs in central and local government and internationally. She is interested in how through the lab model we create the space for citizen science in policy and design as well as in the use of behavioural science to guide service redesign. Jane will publish a position paper on the use of labs internationally with evidence from the UK and a journal paper for publication. She will also use her research to shape council transformation.

Nadine Shannon

Nadine Shannon is a data analyst in the financial services sector having worked as a quantitative developer over the past two decades. During her time at the IPR, she will work on a series of publications connected to cryptocurrencies, fraud, anti-money laundering and countering terrorist financing, with respect to cryptocurrencies and alternative investments.

IPR Visiting Policy Fellow

Dr Jorge Sainz

Jorge is an Associate Professor in the Applied Economics and Moral Philosophy Department at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos. 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.

Affiliated academics and researchers

Dr Hannah Durrant

Hannah Durrant is a Senior Research Fellow at the Wales Centre for Public Policy. with a focus on the politics and practice of knowledge production, evidence use and expertise in policymaking. She previously worked at the IPR and oversaw our research programme, and led a number of co-produced projects on the use of connected (‘big’) data to inform policy and public service delivery at the local level.

Dr Luke Martinelli

Luke Martinelli previously worked at the IPR as a Research Associate and was a lead researcher on Universal Basic Income. His publications include Basic Income, Automation and Labour Market Change, The Fiscal and Distributional Implications of Alternative Universal Basic Income Schemes in the UK, Exploring the Distributional and Work Incentive Effects of Plausible Illustrative Basic Income Schemes, and Assessing the Case for a Universal Basic Income in the UK.