This talk is co-hosted by the Oxford Martin School, University College & Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, to celebrate their 20th Anniversary and is a continuation of the Trinity Term Series Science and Populism: from evidence to narrative
Professor Jennifer Rubin is Executive Chair of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Jennifer served as Chief Executive until the end of March 2018. On creation of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) on 1 April, she became ESRC's Executive Chair.
Jennifer was previously Director of the Policy Institute at King's and Professor of Public Policy. Before joining King's Jennifer established and then led the justice and home affairs research programme at RAND Europe for ten years. She has served on RAND's executive team most recently as Executive Vice President, helping to lead its quadrupling in size in Europe.
Jennifer obtained her PhD at the University of Cambridge in social and political sciences at King’s College, following a first class degree in European Politics at Loughborough University. She has lectured in politics and psychology, published numerous peer-reviewed policy research reports and academic journal articles and been a visiting fellow at Harvard's Center for European Studies.
Throughout her career, she has focussed on bringing rigorous social science to bear on pressing policy and practice challenges, using research to inform and advance improvements in outcomes. By leading on research programmes across a broad range of topics, from migration, diversity and intolerance, to alcohol and drugs policy and new funding models for public services, Jennifer has significantly influenced national and international social policy.