IPR Global Chair

Professor Janine Wedel, George Mason University

Professor Janine R. Wedel is an award-winning author and University Professor in the School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs at George Mason University (also affiliated in 2015-2016 with the Hertie School in Berlin and Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Ukraine). She writes about governing, corruption, and influence elites through the lens of a social anthropologist. A five-time Fulbright fellow, she is the first anthropologist to win the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order, an honor typically reserved for political scientists (previous recipients include Samuel Huntington and Mikhail Gorbachev). She also has won awards from the MacArthur Foundation, National Science Foundation, Ford Foundation, and Institute for New Economic Thinking, among many others.

A public intellectual, Professor Wedel is a pioneer in applying anthropological insights to topics dominated by political scientists, economists, or sociologists. Her most recent book is Unaccountable: How Elite Power Brokers Corrupt our Finances, Freedom, and Security (Pegasus, 2014) was named in Bloomberg’s survey of 2014 favorite reads. Her other prize-winning books are Shadow Elite: How the World’s New Power Brokers Undermine Democracy, Government, and the Free Market (Basic Books 2009); and Collision and Collusion: The Strange Case of Western Aid to Eastern Europe (Palgrave 2001). She has contributed analysis pieces to more than a dozen major outlets, including the Financial Times, New York Times, Foreign Policy, Washington Post, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal Europe, and her work has been reviewed or translated into more than a dozen languages.

Wedel is co-founder and president of the Association for the Anthropology of Policy (ASAP), a section of the American Anthropological Association.

IPR Sabbaticals

Dr Felicia Fai, School of Management, University of Bath.

Dr Felicia Fai's work with the IPR centred on the development of the UK’s industrial strategy, a key priority of Theresa May’s government. Using data from regional audits, Dr Fai first developed an overview of innovative capabilities in five regions of the UK, before bringing in ideas from the academic literature to make recommendations as to how each region could build on its current strengths. Finally, she suggested methods and policy approaches by which this ‘smart specialisation’ might be affected. This work was summated in her policy brief Place-Based Perspectives on the UK Industrial Strategy.

About Dr Fai:

Dr Felicia Fai is Associate Professor of International Business and Innovation at the University of Bath’s School of Management. Her expertise in the development of corporate technological competence, and the core competences and technological base required for corporate longevity in a range of manufacturing industries, has led to her focus on how ‘openness’ enables innovation to drive economic growth.

Dr Kate Woodthorpe, Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath.

Dr Woodthorpe was on sabbatical with the IPR between March 2017-September 2017. During her sabbatical she carried out research on Death, Dying and Devolution. As part of her project she produced an IPR Policy Brief taking a look at the policy around death and dying, and how it varies across the nations of the UK.

About Dr Woodthorpe:

Since joining the University of Bath in 2010, Dr Kate Woodthorpe has completed funded research on funeral costs and practice and professional development for staff in the deathcare industry. She acted as a Special Advisor to the Work and Pensions Select Committee Inquiry into Bereavement Benefits in 2016, and her work has been widely disseminated through the media, including numerous appearances on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme and BBC Breakfast, and features in The Guardian and The Telegraph. She has undertaken consultancy work with Royal London, Axa SunLife and Volunteer Cornwall.

Externally she is co-editor of the journal Mortality and sits on the editorial board for the journal Sociology. Internally, she is the Director of Teaching for the Department of Social & Policy Sciences. She supervises two PhD students and was twice voted Supervisor of the Year by the University of Bath and Students' Union (2013/14 and 2014/15).

She is a member of the Centre for Death and Society (CDAS), the UK’s only research centre devoted to the study of social aspects of death, dying and bereavement.

IPR Visiting Fellow

Mr Jeong Soo was an IPR Visiting Fellow beteen January 2017 - December 2017. During his one-year fellowship, Keum pursued a programme of research based on the comparative study of unemployment benefits and active labour market policy across several countries including the UK and Korea. At the end of his fellowship he presented his research at an IPR seminar.

About Mr Jeong Soo:

Keum Jeong Soo is an experienced policymaker who has held a number of prominent positions in the Korean government. Before joining the IPR he was Regional Director of the Ministry of Employment and Labour (MoEL) for the Gunsan Region, but he has also held the position of Director of International Relations in the Republic of Korea's Economic and Social Development Commission, and worked in various fields for the MoEL. His particular expertise lies in policy areas relating to labour standards, minimum wage, ageing societies and in-work benefits.

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