Ryan works as a research fellow at IPPR North and across the wider IPPR democracy programme.
In his work at IPPR North, Ryan researchers and writes on devolution, local democracy, ‘levelling up’, and regional identity. Ryan also contributes to wider IPPR work on democracy and politics. Recent projects have explored public perceptions of democracy and developed ideas to improve levels of democratic participation and political equality. Ryan is an experienced qualitative researcher.
Prior to joining IPPR, Ryan undertook a PhD at the University of Leeds on ‘the politics of Northernness’, examining how the north of England has been framed and politicised in recent political discourse. Before that, Ryan studied at the University of Huddersfield where he carried out research on the Labour Party and ‘the politics of Englishness’.
Ryan Swift reflects on the 8th anniversary of the Northern Powerhouse
Parallel lives: Regionally rebalancing wealth, power and opportunityThis report addresses the urgent need to reduce regional inequality in the UK, and distribute wealth, power, and opportunity more fairly across the country.
Talking politics: Building support for democratic reformIn this report, we assess the effectiveness of different rhetorical approaches to framing democratic reform.