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 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 Policy Fellow

Dr Jurgen De Wispelaere

Jurgen is a former occupational therapist turned political theorist and policy scholar. His major research interest is the political analysis of basic income, and during his time at the IPR he will continue to work on his book Basic Income Experiments: Theory, Practice, and Politics (Policy Press, 2020).

IPR Visiting Fellow

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 a Senior Research Fellow 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'.

Young Cheol Ji

Young Cheol Ji is Director of the Labour Market Analysis Division for the Ministry of Employment and Labour in the Republic of Korea. During his time at the IPR, he will undertake a new research project entitled ‘Study of UK labour market conditions and employment quality indicators’, a comparative study between the UK and Korean labour market, and employment quality indicators. In doing so, he seeks to develop new employment quality indicators, to support the Korean government’s efforts in creating new jobs.

Professor Olavi Kangas

Olavi is currently Professor of Practice in the Department of Social Research at the University of Turku, and Director of the Equal Society Research Programme at the Academy of Finland. During his time at the IPR, Olavi will continue his research on, and evaluation of, the Finnish basic income experiment, and collaborate with academic colleagues across the University from both the IPR and Department of Social and Policy Sciences.

Professor Allister McGregor

Allister is Professor of Political Economy in the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield. While at the IPR, he 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.

IPR Visiting Policy Fellow

Mats Karlsson

Mats is a member of the IPR Advisory Board and Advisor in the Swedish Foreign Ministry. During his time at the IPR, he will contribute to the analysis of future forms of UK-EU security cooperation post-Brexit.

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.