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Policy partners

Our Policy Partners work across the public policy arena, in government, parliament and other third sector organisations. They work with the university partners for project delivery.

Kuranda Morgan, Nesta

Kuranda Morgan works at the Alliance for Useful Evidence at Nesta, where she leads the design and delivery of evidence capacity building programmes. At Nesta, she champions a co-created approach to learning that is both informed by research uptake literature and embedded in practice. She has trained over 2000 public servants, academics, and third sector staff, working with a variety of partners across the UK: including local and devolved governments, the civil service, and Parliament. Prior to joining Nesta, Kuranda worked in international development, managing global impact evaluation and evidence capacity building initiatives dedicated to facilitating local leadership in the generation of rigorous, policy-relevant research.

Abbi Hobbs, Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology

Dr Abbi Hobbs is Social Science Lead at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) in the UK Parliament. From 2013 she was a Senior Research Associate at UCL Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP), on secondment to POST to establish a Social Science Section. Prior to joining POST, she worked as a policy adviser for the Academy of Medical Sciences and as an independent consultant in science policy and health. Dr Hobbs has a PhD in Science and Technology Studies from the University of York.

Siddharth Varma, Government Office for Science

Siddharth heads up the R&D Strategy and Innovation team at GO-Science, which is responsible for developing policy ideas to better exploit the UK’s R&D landscape across the public, private and third sectors.

Siddharth previously worked in the Enterprise and Growth Unit of HM Treasury, where he was one of the policy leads for the Future Fund, a c.£2bn co-investment fund for start-ups and scale-ups, and authored the Treasury’s review of student loan sales. He has also worked on financial services policy at HM Treasury and led the National Infrastructure Commission’s proposal for a National Infrastructure Bank.

Professor Annette Boaz, Kingston University London, and Transforming Evidence Hub

Annette has more than 25 years of experience in supporting the use of evidence across a range of policy domains.  She was part of one of the largest UK investments in the evidence use landscape, the ESRC Centre for Evidence Based Policy and Practice and has undertaken an international leadership role in promoting the use of evidence. She is a Founding Editor of the first international journal in the field and has recently published a new book on evidence use ‘What Works Now’.  She has a particular interest in quality improvement, patient involvement and implementation science. Annette is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and a member of the WHO European Advisory Committee on Health Research. She is currently working in the UK Government Office for Science supporting academic engagement with government research priorities.

Kathryn Oliver, LSHTM and Transforming Evidence hub

Kathryn Oliver is a social scientist working on how evidence is made and used in public policy, conducting empirical research into how and why evidence influences decision-making, and vice versa. She is co-director of the interdisciplinary Transforming Evidence collaborative which aims to bring together practitioners, researchers, decision-makers and funders who share interests in how we can make and use evidence more effectively. She’s held lecturer positions at UCL and Oxford and is now an Associate Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is currently working in the Government Office for Science to support effective and ethical engagement around the government’s Areas of Research Interest.