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IPPR Centre for Economic Justice

Meet the Centre for Economic Justice team

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George Dibb

Associate Director for Economic Policy and Head of the Centre for Economic Justice

Dr George Dibb is associate director for economic policy and head of the Centre for Economic Justice at IPPR.

George leads IPPR’s work on UK economic policy and is based in the Westminster office.

George’s interests include industrial strategy; R&D, science, and innovation policy; and sustainability and climate change. He is an experienced media spokesman and contributor having appeared in national and international media including BBC News, Sky News, Channel 4 News, CNBC, Times Radio and Bloomberg, and has written for outlets including the New Statesman and Project Syndicate.

Before joining IPPR, George was the head of industrial strategy and policy engagement at the UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose, working closely with institute founder Prof Mariana Mazzucato, and UCL Public Policy. He was the secretariat of the UCL Commission on Mission Oriented Innovation and Industrial Strategy (MOISS) and the UCL Green Innovation Policy Commission. George joined UCL in 2018 from the cross-party think tank Policy Connect having previously worked in industrial, technology, manufacturing and innovation policy.

George holds a PhD in physics from Imperial College London in novel photovoltaic technologies, and previously worked as a research scientist at the National Physical Laboratory.

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Carsten Jung

Senior economist

Carsten is a senior economist at IPPR. He leads the work on macroeconomics and structural economic reform.

He is also a lecturer in economics at University of Bayreuth in Germany. Before joining IPPR, Carsten worked for six years at the Bank of England. There he first worked on international macroeconomics and financial regulation, then led their work on financial risks from climate change. Carsten went on to lead the Bank's work on regulating artificial intelligence.

Carsten also previously worked at the International Monetary Fund on fiscal policy. He holds a master's in economics from Warwick University, a master's in economic sociology from LSE and a bachelor's in philosophy and economics from University of Bayreuth.

He is an experienced media spokesman and contributor having appeared in national and international media including BBC News, Sky News, and the Today programme on Radio 4, and has written for outlets such as the Guardian.

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Henry Parkes

Principal economist & head of quantitative research

Henry is a principal economist & head of quantitative research at IPPR.

He also provides support to the work of the wider institute, particularly on social security and leads on the IPPR tax-benefit model. 

At IPPR, Henry has worked on a range of topics spanning labour markets, the benefit system, taxation and industrial strategy. He specialises in quantitative methods and has experience in a range of analytical techniques including forecasting, policy costing, regression analysis and microsimulation modelling. He has also led qualitative research.

Henry has written about economic policy for the IndependentNew Statesman and Left Foot Forward.

Prior to joining IPPR in 2019, Henry was an economic advisor in the Government Economic Service. He holds a first-class BSc in economics from the University of Nottingham.

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Pranesh Narayanan

Research fellow

Pranesh is a research fellow within IPPR’s Centre for Economic Justice, focusing on the intersection between environmental and economic justice. 

He specialises in analysis of companies and sectors, with particular expertise in quantitative methods. This includes financial microsimulation modelling, policy costings, regression analysis and input-output analysis. He also has experience in public finance and qualitative methods such as surveys.

Before joining IPPR, Pranesh was an economist at HM Treasury where he advised policymakers on the impacts of the pandemic, the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the subsequent energy crisis on UK businesses. He started his career as an economist at Defra, working on agricultural policy and the crisis response to Covid-19.

Pranesh holds a BSc in Economics (University of Southampton) and an MSc in International Public Policy (UCL).