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Lesley is a researcher in the economy team.

Her recent work has focused on the implications of environmental breakdown for various areas of policy, as well as gender and automation, and the gender pay gap. She has written for a range of publications and her research has generated front-page headlines.

Areas of expertise:

  • Climate and environmental breakdown
  • Gender and the economy
  • Economic justice in the digital economy

In 2019 Lesley was on sabbatical at the European Parliament in Brussels, working on the Green New Deal at the European level. Before starting at IPPR in 2016, Lesley was an Equalities Ambassador and Research Volunteer at two Edinburgh equality charities.

Lesley holds an MSc in International Relations from the University of Edinburgh, and a BA in French and German from the University of Exeter.

Automation Explained | Lesley Rankin

Women are twice as likely to hold jobs that could be automated. Without government intervention the increasing use of robots, cognitive technologies and artificial intelligence in the workplace risks widening existing gender pay and wealth gaps.