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University of Bath

Professor Nick Pearce Director of The Institute for Policy Research (IPR) and Professor of Public Policy

Nick leads the Institute for Policy Research (IPR) across the range of its research, teaching, policy programmes and public engagement activity.

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Nick is currently supervising or co-supervising doctoral students working on universal basic income, in-work benefits, big data and policing, and widening access to higher education.


Nick's current research interests include:

  • the political economy of welfare state reform
  • theories of public policy
  • British politics, including devolution and political parties



View a list of books and publications by 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.