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The Progressive Policy Think Tank


Mel Wilkes is associate director for work and the welfare state (maternity cover).

She leads the institute’s research across employment, childcare, education, health and social security.

Mel joins IPPR from the Work Foundation, where she led the policy and research team delivering a programme spanning insecure work, inclusive working practices, social security reforms and the impacts of the covid-19 pandemic on working life in the UK. 

She holds a BA in International Relations and Languages from the University of Sussex and a Graduate Diploma in Economics from Birkbeck College, University of London. 

Recent work