Who’s who in IPPO

Team

Professor Graeme Roy

Professor Graeme Roy

Policy Engagement Lead for Scotland

Graeme is the Dean of External Engagement in the College of Social Sciences. He is working with local stakeholders – including from other universities – to ensure that the distinctive nature of devolution in Scotland, and the policy challenges and opportunities, are reflected in the work of IPPO. As a former Senior Civil Servant he understands the benefits (but also the challenges) of developing policy, particularly in uncertain and challenging times.

Professor Joanna Chataway - Principle Investigator

Professor Joanna Chataway

Principal Investigator

Jo has been the Head of Department at STEaPP since 2018; prior to this, she held roles at the University of Sussex, The Open University and RAND Europe. With a background in policy research and evidence for policy, science and technology policy, international development, health research and innovation policy and capacity building, Jo leads and have oversight of the International Public Policy Observatory.

Professor David Gough - Evidence Lead, Co-Investigator

Professor David Gough

Evidence Lead, Co-Investigator

David is a Professor of Evidence Informed Policy and Practice and Director of EPPI-Centre at the Institute of Education where he has worked since 2004. David and his team are responsible for the overall management of the production of evidence products, including a living systematic map of the evidence: In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the EPPI-Centre is maintaining an up-to-date map of the current evidence, partitioned into broad domains for easy exploration.

Geoff Mulgan CBE Engagement Lead - Co-Investigato

Professor Sir Geoff Mulgan

Engagement Lead, Co-Investigator

Formerly the Chief Executive at Nesta for eight years. Prior to this, Geoff worked in the UK Government including as Director of the Government Strategy Unit and Head of Policy in the Prime Minister’s Office. Geoff leads on engagement with demand, brokering and effective communication.

Matt Warren - Co-Investigator

Matt Warren

Co-Investigator

Matt is the managing director of The Conversation UK’s services arm. Prior to that, he was The Conversation’s Deputy Editor and a Daily Mail features editor. Matt has oversight of the Editorial Project Manager, and helps to support IPPO’s communication work through The Conversation UK.

 

Sarah O'Meara

Sarah O’Meara

Editor

Responsible for commissioning, editing, posting and sharing all content on the IPPO website, as well as liaising with IPPO’s global evidence partners to oversee communication of their global evidence scans. Sarah is employed by IPPO partner The Conversation to ensure the research needs of policymakers are communicated in a clear and engaging way that can be easily translated into actions.

Ayden Wilson - Observatory Manager

Ayden Wilson

Operations Manager

Ayden is responsible for the oversight of operations and coordinating activities and meetings. Ayden has worked in the higher education sector for 8 years, and most recently was Department Manager at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy in UCL.

Rachel France

Dr Rachel France

Research Fellow

Rachel provides support for IPPO evidence products, in particular helping topic experts to produce evidence briefs and systematic reviews. She gained systematic review experience working on NICE guidelines as well as experience as a qualitative researcher and ethnographer mostly in health and related fields.

Dr Carla-Leanne Washbourne

Dr Carla-Leanne Washbourne

Co-Investigator

Carla is an Associate Professor in the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP), UCL and a Research Associate at the Gauteng City-Region Observatory. She is an inter- and transdisciplinary researcher, with interests anchored in sustainable urban systems. Her work with IPPO focuses on city-level policies for COVID-19 and the role of observatories at the science-policy interface.

Chris Taylor

Professor Chris Taylor

Policy Engagement Lead for Wales

Chris is Professor of Social Sciences at Cardiff University and is the Academic Director of the Cardiff University Social Science Research Park (SPARK). Prior to this he was a Co-Director of the Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD) where he continues to lead the WISERD Education Data Lab.

Muiris MacCarthaigh

Muiris MacCarthaigh

Policy Engagement Lead for Northern Ireland

Muiris is Senior Lecturer in Politics and Public Administration at Queen’s University Belfast and the IPPO lead for Northern Ireland. His research engages with a variety of themes within and between political science, public sector governance and public policy.  He is a member of the Steering Committee of the European Group for Public Administration, and Director of the QUB MSc in International Public Policy.

Toby Phillips

Toby Phillips

Blavatnik School of Government

Toby manages the Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker – a team of around a dozen staff and hundreds of volunteers reporting how governments around the world are responding to the pandemic.

Thomas Hale

Dr Thomas Hale

Blavatnik School of Government

Dr Thomas Hale’s research explores how we can manage transnational problems effectively and fairly. He seeks to explain how political institutions evolve–or not–to face the challenges raised by globalization and interdependence, with a particular emphasis on environmental, economic, and health issues. He holds a PhD in Politics from Princeton University, a masters degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics, and an AB in public policy from Princeton’s School of Public and International Affairs. Dr Hale leads the Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker.

Tatjana Buklijas

Tatjana Buklijas

INGSA

Tatjana Buklijas leads the collaboration between International Network for Government Science and Advice and IPPO, identifying international policy solutions to social problems caused by the pandemic. Tatjana’s background is in social studies, history and philosophy of biomedicine, and she’s Associate Director of Koi Tū: The Centre for Informed Futures and Senior Lecturer in Global Studies at The University of Auckland, New Zealand.

 

Advisory Board

Alan Penn

Alan Penn

Alan is Chief Scientific Advisor to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Molly Morgan Jones

Molly Morgan Jones

Molly is the Director of Policy at The British Academy.

Deborah Cadman

Deborah Cadman

Deborah is Chief Executive of the Birmingham City Council.

Halima Khan

Halima Khan

Halima is an Affiliated Researcher at the Bennett Institute for Public Policy, Cambridge.

Jabeer Butt

Jabeer Butt

Jabeer Butt is Chief Executive of the Race Equality Foundation.

Sean Holland

Sean Holland

Seán is the Chief Social Work Officer/Deputy Secretary over Social Services Policy Group in the Department of Health in Northern Ireland.

Nicola McEwen

Nicola McEwen

Nicola McEwen is Professor of Territorial Politics and Co-Director of the Centre on Constitutional Change.

Roger Halliday

Roger Halliday

Roger Halliday is the Scottish Government’s Chief Statistician.

Anne Gunner Logan

Annie Gunner Logan

Annie Gunner Logan is the Chief Executive of Coalition of Care & support Providers in Scotland.

Fozia Irfan

Fozia Irfan

Fozia is the Director of Children and Young People at Children in Need.

Sarah Gadsden

Sarah Gadsden

Sarah is Chief Executive of the Improvement Service.

Steve Martin

Steve Martin

Steve is the Director of the Wales Centre for Public Policy and a Professor of Public Policy and Management at Cardiff Business School.

Anand Menon

Anand Menon

Anand Menon is Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs at Kings College London.

Matthew Flinders

Matthew Flinders

Matthew Flinders is Founding Director of the Sir Bernard Crick Centre and Professor of Politics at the University of Sheffield. He is also Vice President of the Political Studies Association of the United Kingdom and Chair of the Universities Policy Engagement Network.

Kathryn Higgins

Kathryn Higgins

Kathryn Higgins is a Professor of Social Science and Health and Director of the Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation (CESI) at Queen’s University Belfast.