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Dr Craig Berry joins UCL IIPP as Head of Policy

30 May 2022

Dr Craig Berry joins IIPP as Head of Policy and Associate Professor in Economic Policy

Craig Berry

IIPP is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Craig Berry as the Head of Policy and Associate Professor in Economic Policy.  

An experienced academic researcher and policy practitioner, Craig is a political economist with expertise in economic policy, including industrial policy, and welfare provision, principally pensions. He completed his PhD at the University of Sheffield in 2008, before joining HM Treasury as a policy advisor. He later worked for the International Longevity Centre, and the Trades Union Congress. His academic career has included roles at the University of Sheffield (Deputy Director of the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute) and Manchester Metropolitan University (Head of the Future Economies Research Centre). He has also taught at the University of Manchester and University of Warwick. In 2017 he was a member of the Industrial Strategy Commission, and he regularly advises local and national policy-makers on economic policy issues.

On his appointment Craig says:

"I am elated and honoured to be joining IIPP under the leadership of Marianna Mazzucato. IIPP has for many years been one of world's leading sources of both high quality interdisciplinary research and radical economic policy ideas. I am looking forward to leading work with practitioners to develop new approaches to pressing challenges such as climate change and inequality, drawing upon insights from IIPP research."

IIPP Director, Prof. Mariana Mazzucato also said:

“We are thrilled to have Craig joining us at IIPP. His experience as both a policy practitioner at HM Treasury, and an exceptional researcher and academic will provide crucial insights into how the Institute can continue to develop synergistic relationships between policy, research, education and engagement. I look forward to working with Craig on tackling the pressing issues of climate change and inequality.”