British academy

The Academy’s public policy programme of work is overseen by the Vice-President (Public Policy), Professor Iain McLean, drawing on advice from the Public Policy Committee (PPC). The Committee is chaired by Professor McLean and includes Fellows as well as external stakeholders amongst its members.


Current Public Policy Committee membership:

 

Professor Iain McLean FBA, Vice President Public Policy (Chair)

Professor Tim O'Riordan FBA 

Professor Anthony Heath FBA

Professor Dame Fiona Reynolds HonFBA 

Professor Sarah Curtis FBA 

Professor Sarah Whatmore FBA

Professor Nick Crafts FBA

Dr Robert Chote, OBR 

Dr Gemma Harper, Defra

Deborah Lamb, Historic England

Dr Guy Lodge, IPPR 

Mr Ray Shostak, EIC

Dr Helen McCarthy, QMUL, British Academy BARSEA recipient


Committee member biographies:

 

Professor Iain McLean FBA, Vice President Public Policy (Chair)

 

Iain is Senior Research Fellow in Politics at Nuffield College, Oxford in the Department of Politics and International Relations. He has worked at the Universities of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Warwick, and Oxford, and has held visiting professorships at Washington & Lee, Stanford, Yale, and the Australian National University. He has been an elected councillor on Tyne & Wear County Council (committee chair) and Oxford City Council (group leader). Iain obtained his MA, M.Phil and D.Phil at Oxford. He has principally worked on UK public policy, specialising in devolution, spatial issues in taxation and public expenditure, electoral systems, constitutional reform, and church and state.

 

Professor Tim O'Riordan FBA

 

Tim is Emeritus Professor of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia. He received an OBE in 2010, is a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Norfolk, and served as Sheriff of Norwich (2009-10). He holds an MA in Geography from the University of Edinburgh, an MS in Water Resources Engineering from Cornell University, and a PhD in Geography from the University of Cambridge. His research interests include the institutional aspects of global environmental change, policy and practice, better governance for sustainability, and the evolution of sustainability science partnerships. His work relates to designing future coastlines in East Anglia in England so that they are ready for sea level rise and the creation of sound economies and societies for a sustainable future. 

 

Professor Anthony Heath FBA

 

Anthony Heath is Co-Director of the Centre for Research into Elections and Social Trends, and is Professor and Head of the Department of Sociology, University of Oxford. He is a Professorial Fellow of Nuffield College. His main research activities have been collaborative work with Robert Andersen exploring the electoral cycle, the contextual effects of social class, regional differences in voting behaviour, and political knowledge. With other colleagues in CREST Anthony has obtained a grant from the ESRC to study national identity and constitutional change in England (as part of the ESRC's Devolution and Constitutional Change Programme). His other research interests are the sociology and politics of ethnicity and nationalism, social inequality, and the sociology of education.

 

Professor Dame Fiona Reynolds HonFBA

 

Fiona became Master of Emmanuel in 2012. Prior to this, she was Director-General of the National Trust from 2001. Before her position with the Trust, she was Director of the Women’s Unit in the Cabinet Office and was previously Director of the Council for the Protection of Rural England (now Campaign to Protect Rural England) and Secretary to the Council for National Parks. Fiona is a Non-Executive Director of the BBC and since December 2012 has been the Senior Independent Director of the Executive Board. She is also a Non-Executive Director of Wessex Water. Fiona was appointed CBE for services to the environment and conservation in 1998. Fiona was appointed DBE in 2008.

 

Professor Sarah Curtis FBA

 

Sarah is Professor of Health and Risk at Durham University. Her research explores how and why places matter for people’s health. Her publications explore how social, economic and geographical processes in the places where we live are linked to our physical and mental health. Sarah also works on environmental hazards, especially those associated with climate change, and their impacts on human health and health care. She has worked for organisations and agencies such as the World Health Organization, NHS Sustainable Development Unit, Department of Environment of  Food, and Rural Affairs, Environment Agency, Improvement and Development Agency and the Department of Health UK; Public health agencies across England; the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy, Canada.

 

Professor Sarah Whatmore FBA

 

Sarah is Professor of Environment & Public Policy at the University of Oxford and Academic Champion for Public Engagement with Research. She obtained her BA, MPhil and PhD at University College London. Before Oxford, she taught at the University of Bristol and the Open University. At Oxford she served as Head of the School of Geography and the Environment (2012-2015), Director of the international Graduate School (2004-2008) and Director of Research (2009-2012). She also served as the Deputy Head of the Social Sciences Division at Oxford (2013-2014) and as its Associate Head (Research) (2014-2016). Her research focuses on cultures of nature and the ways in which human relations with the natural world are imagined and practiced in the conduct of science, governance and everyday life. 

 

Professor Nick Crafts FBA

 

Nick is Professor of Economic History and Director of the ESRC Research Centre: Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy, at the University of Warwick. His research concerns the historical experience of economic growth, including the industrial revolution, British relative economic decline, the history of general purpose technologies, and why growth rates differ. He began his career as lecturer in Economic History at the University of Exeter, after which he was Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He was a fellow and praelector in economics at University College Oxford and was then Professor of Economic History at the University of Leeds. Nick was appointed Professor of Economic History, at the University of Warwick. and then at the London School of Economics, returning to the University of Warwick in 2005. He was appointed CBE in 2014.

 

Dr Robert Chote, OBR 

 

Robert Chote has been chairman of the Office of Budget Responsibility since October 2010. He began his career as a reporter and columnist at The Independent, then working for the Independent on Sunday. He then moved to the Financial Times to become Economics Editor in 1995. From 1999 he served as an adviser to the senior management of the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC, where he worked under Stanley Fischer and Anne Krueger. Chote was appointed director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies in October 2002. He has also served as a member of the Statistics Advisory Committee of the Office for National Statistics. He was educated at Queen’s College, Cambridge, City University, London and the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in the US.

 

Dr Gemma Harper, Defra

 

Gemma is Chief Social Scientist and Deputy Director for Animal and Plant Health Evidence and Analysis in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. She is responsible for ensuring that social science research is of the highest standard across Defra; that it is focused on helping to deliver Defra’s priorities; and that it has impact on strategy, policy and delivery. Gemma studied Social Psychology at LSE and conducted post-doctoral research in the Department of Agricultural and Food Economics at the University of Reading, where she contributed to research projects for the EU, MAFF and DfID, and consultancy for FAO/WHO, EU-CAFP, and USDA. After eight years in criminal justice research at the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice, Gemma joined Defra in 2010 to lead the Department’s Strategic Evidence and Analysis team and, subsequently, the Strategy Unit. Gemma is a member of the Government Social Research Leadership Board, the Cross Government Evaluation Group, and the Social Research Association Strategy Group. 

 

Deborah Lamb, Historic England

 

Deborah Lamb is Director of Engagement at Historic England. Deborah’s role is to make the case for England’s heritage and Historic England to government, other organisations and the public. She has overall responsibility for Government Advice, Communications, Publishing and the Historic England Archive. Through the Governance and Legal team she ensures that Historic England’s decisions are well-informed and clearly explained. Deborah joined Historic England (formerly English Heritage) in 2002 as Director of Policy and Communications. Prior to that, Deborah worked in the Civil Service developing policies on equalities and sustainable development. Her last role before joining English Heritage was as Deputy Director of the Women and Equalities Unit.

 

Dr Guy Lodge, IPPR 

 

Guy Lodge is Associate Director For Politics and Power at the Institute for Public Policy Research. He works on political and democratic reform, and writes and commentates on British politics. His book with Sir Anthony Seldon of Brown at 10 was an Independent and New Statesman political book of the year. His latest book is Scotland's Choices, co-authored with Iain McLean and Jim Gallagher. He has advised a number of world governments on a range of policy issues, and in 2012 he was commissioned by Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude review leading international civil service systems, with a view to informing UK civil service reform debates. A number of the recommendations were subsequently implemented by the UK government. Guy is Gwilym Gibbon fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, and senior visiting research fellow at the Institute for Contemporary British History, Kings College, London. He was educated at the LSE.

 

Mr Ray Shostak, EIC

 

Ray Shostak works internationally as an adviser to governments on improving public service performance and was previously Head of the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit, Director General HMT and Director of Children, Schools and Families for Hertfordshire County Council. Ray is currently a member of the Board of the National Audit Office; Honorary Norham Fellow, Oxford; Chair of the Council of Voluntary Adoption Agencies; and Trustee of the Early Intervention Foundation.

 

Dr Helen McCarthy, QMUL, British Academy BARSEA recipient

 

Dr Helen McCarthy joined Queen Mary University of London in September 2009 as Senior Lecturer in History. She studied History at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, followed by a year at Harvard University as a Kennedy Scholar. She worked briefly for the think-tank Demos before completing doctoral studies at the Institute of Historical Research. In 2008-9, she held a Junior Research Fellowship at St John’s College, Cambridge. Her research covers modern British history including internationalism in the 20s and 30s, and the trajectories and roles of British female diplomats since the 19th century.