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IPPR Centre for Economic Justice

Meet the Centre for Economic Justice team

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Carys Roberts

Executive Director

Prior to taking up the role, she was the Chief Economist and Head of the Centre for Economic Justice at IPPR.

Carys was a key contributor to the final report of the Commission on Economic Justice, Prosperity and Justice, leading on the analysis in the report and recommendations relating to wealth, automation and labour markets.

Carys has appeared on national and regional broadcast media, including Radio 4, Radio 5Live, Talk Radio, LBC, BBC Breakfast and Sky All Out Politics. She has written for a range of online and print publications and her research has generated front-page headlines. She is Editor of IPPR’s journal of politics and ideas, Progressive Review.

Carys joined IPPR in 2015. She has previously worked at the RSA, the Social Mobility Foundation, the IFS and in charity impact evaluation. She holds an MSc Social Policy (Research) from LSE, and a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University.

Press release: Carys Roberts appointed IPPR Director (27/1/20)

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Henry Parkes

Senior Economist

He also provides analytical support to the work of the wider institute and leads on the IPPR Tax-benefit model. 

Henry joined IPPR in 2019, having joined from the Government Economic Service. Whilst there he worked with a range of analytical techniques including: cost-benefit analysis, forecasting, policy costing, regression analysis and microsimulation modelling. He was seconded to the Social Security Advisory Committee where he led qualitative research on the benefit system. He holds a first-class BSc in Economics from the University of Nottingham.

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Shreya Nanda


Shreya joined the IPPR in 2019. Before this, she was part of the Government Economics Service, providing advice and analysis on housing, transport and food standards. She has experience of analytical techniques including cost-benefit analysis, forecasting, impact assessment and regression analysis.

She has also worked on research on international development for the Africa All-Party Parliamentary Group, the World Health Organization, and at the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi.

Shreya has a particular interest in land and economic rent. She holds a BA in Economics from the University of Cambridge.

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Rachel Statham

Senior Research Fellow

IPPR Scotland

Rachel joined IPPR in 2018 as an Economic Analyst working across the Centre for Economic Justice and IPPR Scotland. She specialises in economic and social policy, gender and devolution. Rachel is an experienced quantitative and qualitative researcher, and has worked on social security, inclusive growth, and the economic impacts of automation and technological change.  

Rachel has appeared on UK and national broadcast media, including BBC News, BBC Scotland and Radio 5Live. She is Deputy Editor of IPPR’s journal of politics and ideas, Progressive Review. 

Before joining IPPR Rachel worked on policy and communications at the newly-founded Women’s Equality Party, where she managed the party’s political campaigning. She holds an MSc in Comparative Public Policy from the University of Edinburgh and BA in History from the University of York. 

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Lesley Rankin


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.

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Grace Blakeley

Research Fellow

Her areas of expertise include:

·       Macroeconomic policy

·       Financial regulation

·       Regional economics

Grace graduated from Oxford with a First Class Honours Degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, after which point she joined KPMG’s Public Sector and Healthcare Practice as a management consultant. She spent a year working on regional economic policy for IPPR North in Manchester.

Grace has authored several reports for IPPR, including On Borrowed Time: Finance and the UK’s Current Account Deficit, Fair Dues: Rebalancing Business Taxation in the UK, and Paying for our Progress: How the Northern Powerhouse can be Financed and Funded.

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Emma Killick

Programme and Stakeholder Officer

Emma joined IPPR in January 2018, bringing with her a range of experience in campaigning, communications and administration. Prior to joining IPPR, Emma was senior communications officer for the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation, a membership organisation working to develop ICTs throughout the Commonwealth. She has also worked as a public affairs officer for Shelter and Greenpeace.

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Jacana Bresson

Events & Engagement Officer

Jacana joined IPPR in February 2019 to help plan and promote a series of events across the regions and nations of the UK, designed to engage local policy makers and the wider public with the recommendations from the landmark Commission on Economic Justice. Prior to this, Jacana worked at The Telegraph where she helped grow the commercial conference programme, launching a range of high-profile, topical events uniting both public and private sectors and working closely with senior journalists from across The Telegraph. 

She has a triple MA in French, Russian and Spanish from the University of St Andrews and spent a year studying abroad in Russia during her time at university.

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Aurelia Bergs

Digital Content Producer

Aurelia is an award winning filmmaker and published photographer holding an MA Graphic Design from Middlesex University. As a multidisciplinary digital producer, self-shooting director and motion graphic designer, she works across strategy and creative to develop, produce, execute and edit video and digital content for multiple channel outputs.

She has previously worked for a range of NGOs such as Friends of the Earth as well as for commercial clients in the lifestyle and beauty industry.

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James Meadway

Associate Fellow

He was previously economic advisor to the Shadow Chancellor, and chief economist at the New Economics Foundation. He is currently writing a book on the British economy after the 2008 crisis, and appears regularly on broadcast media as a commentator on UK politics.

James holds a PhD in economics from the University of London, masters degrees in economics and economic history, and a BSc in economics and economic history from LSE. He has taught at SOAS, City, Cambridge and Sussex Universities.