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Biography

Lucy is a senior research fellow at IPPR working on policy issues related to migration and integration.

Lucy has expertise in qualitative research, and she has led and contributed to a number of research projects, including studies on integration and social cohesion, the impact of the hostile environment, the NHS charging system, homelessness among EEA migrants, vaccine hesitancy and experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic.

She is currently leading on a programme of work to embed inclusive policymaking practices in IPPR’s work on migration policy, through working in partnership with frontline advice organisations and with people with lived experience of the immigration system.

Lucy has appeared on BBC and Bloomberg radio, and she has also been published in a number of outlets, including The House magazine. She is a member of the NEON spokesperson network.

Prior to joining IPPR, Lucy supported refugees and migrant families and worked in women’s refuges across Manchester and Lancashire. She is a qualified social worker and her PhD research focused on the experiences of migrant families in the context of austerity. Lucy is a passionate advocate for migrants rights, and outside of her role at IPPR she is a trustee for Safety4Sisters, a charity that provides vital support to migrant women with no recourse to public funds and who have experienced domestic abuse.

Recent work