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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

Senior Research Fellow - Commission on Health and Prosperity

IPPR is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community, and from applicants with a range of professional and lived experiences. As an organisation engaging in critical debate about a wide range of progressive policy issues, we value the creativity and range of perspectives that a diverse team can provide

Senior Research Fellow, and dependent on experience, also Deputy Head of the Commission on Health and Prosperity
£42,621 - £52,615 per annum, dependent on experience
Full time, 12 months Fixed term contract
Starting January 2023

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), the UK’s leading progressive think tank, is looking to recruit a Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Head of Commission to join our Work and Welfare State Team.

The role will work on IPPR’s Commission on Health and Prosperity, co-chaired by Dame Sally Davies and Lord Ara Darzi. This landmark initiative is supported by commissioners from across political parties, trade unions, business groups, civil society and charities.

The Commission was launched in April 2022 to test a formative hypothesis: that a fairer country is a healthier one, and a healthier country is a more prosperous one.

The role will work closely with the head of the commission across all research themes – and on the final report of the commission. It will also lead the commission’s work on developing a health-led vision for industrial strategy – considering themes like the frontiers of science, the everyday economy and aligning industry to the cause of better health.

A key part of this role will be working with commissioners and partners to develop aspirational policy. You do not need an intimate knowledge of the NHS – we also encourage applications from those with experience on issues like industrial strategy, economic policy, skills and work, public health or similar.

You will combine intellectual flair, innovative thinking, and political knowledge with the ability to deliver high-quality and impactful work. You will have excellent project and people management skills; you may have gained these in the private, public, or voluntary sectors. Alongside excellent communication skills, you will have a passion for impact, and a drive to ensure your ideas genuinely impact on the policy process.

The Commission on Health and Prosperity is among the highest profile programmes at IPPR. Previous IPPR commissions have redefined the policy debate – and our aspiration is the same here. The 12 month role will span the research and policy work leading to the final commission report in 2023, and a legacy period of impact work, to translate our ideas into policy commitments.

As part of our commitment to flexible working we will consider a range of options for the successful applicant to fill the post including secondment and remote working. All options can be discussed at interview stage.

Those seriously considering an application are also welcome and encouraged to find out more about the role by speaking with Chris Thomas, Head of the Commission on Health and Prosperity. You can get in touch at [email protected]

Before applying, please click on the document to your left to read the information pack and job description or email [email protected] quoting the job title or REF: SRF/NOV

A CV with a two-page personal statement on why you want this position and why you think you are suited to the job should be returned to [email protected]. Please combine both documents into one PDF.

In order to complete your application please also complete IPPR Diversity Monitoring Form  

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is midnight Tuesday 6 December 2022.  Interviews will be held w/c 12 December 2022