University of Bath

Lunch with impact: IPR and policy engagement

Outlining the work that the IPR does and how it engages with policy makers.

5 Jun 201912.00pm
5 Jun 20191.15pm
Professor Nick Pearce, Director of the Institute for Policy Research
Professor Nick Pearce, Director of the Institute for Policy Research

Academic research and expertise can inform and improve government policy, but many academics find it difficult to contribute to policymaking. As a result, policy influence too often remains the preserve of the few – particularly in central government. This is a missed opportunity. As a community of academics we can improve the ways we support and do policy engagement.

In this talk Professor Nick Pearce and Amy Thompson will outline the work that IPR does and how it engages with policymakers.

There will be an opportunity for Q&A. Lunch will be available with the talk.

Speaker profiles

Professor Nick Pearce

Nick has extensive experience in policy research and government policymaking. He is an author and regular commentator on public policy in print media, and writes on a wide range of issues, from contemporary British politics, public service and welfare state reform, to the changing nature of political leadership. His recent publications include Britain Beyond Brexit and Shadows of Empire: The Anglosphere in British Politics.

Nick was formerly Director of the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), where he led a team of 45 staff producing public policy research in the key areas of public services, economic reform, the welfare state, migration, energy and environment, and politics and power. He co-edited the journal of ideas Juncture.

Nick was also Head of the No10 Downing St. Policy Unit between 2008 and 2010, with responsibility for the formulation of policy advice to the Prime Minister. He led and managed the work of the Prime Minister’s 13 policy advisers, coordinating policy development and liaising with external stakeholders.

He has also worked as special advisor in the Home Office, Cabinet Office and former Department for Education and Employment. Nick was formerly chair of the advisory board to the UK Chief Scientist's Foresight Programme and served on the Equalities Review and the Teaching and Learning 2020 Review.

He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, and an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects. He is also a member of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Diplomatic Excellence Panel, and chair of trustees at Tavistock Relationships.

Amy Thompson

Amy is a policy engagement and communications specialist. Her experience spans corporate and digital communications, events and project management and effective policy engagement. Her work has included development and delivery of communications strategies for research, policy and the public; web development and redesign; integrated multi–media communications planning; policy engagement with local and central government; publication production and event management.

Lunch with Impact Workshops

This event is part of the Lunch with Impact Workshops series, funded by the University’s HEIF and EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account. The series supports staff in identifying, generating and evidencing impact from their research. Sessions are practical in nature, enabling attendees to apply the information, knowledge and tools to their own research.