PSI staff


Professor Isobel Allen

Areas of research and expertise include: doctors' careers and the organisation of the medical workforce; family planning; terminations of pregnancy; teenage pregnancies; older people; interface between health and social care; health care of homeless people; community care; residential care of older people; evaluation; maternity services.


Martha Bicket

Martha joined PSI in May 2012 and is a Senior Research Fellow in sustainability policy. Her current work includes the analysis of paradigms and public acceptability for the EU-funded FP7 project DYNAMIX, where she is exploring: how underlying societal paradigms and public acceptability affect resource-use policy effectiveness and feasibility; and the optimal design and sequencing of policies for...

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Dr Kevin Burchell

Kevin joined Policy Studies Institute in 2014. He is an interpretive social scientist, with a focus on producing research that is of value across academic, policy and practitioner domains. His research interests are in: public engagement and public dialogue, community and participatory action research, domestic energy, climate adaptation and resilience, smart meters, behaviour and practice,...

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Penny Clark

Penny is a PhD Researcher at the Policy Studies Institute. She holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Bristol, and an MSc in Social Research Methods from the University of Surrey, where she specialised in qualitative methodologies with a focus on environmental sustainability.

Her research interests include community groups and intentional communities, pro-environmental behaviour...

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Mayer Hillman

Mayer’s research interests include: energy conservation; walking and cycling; road safety; climate change;  health promotion; quality of life issues; environmental and resource sustainability; green economics; children’s physical and social development; setting clocks forward.

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Anna Kaxira

Anna is a PhD Researcher at the Policy Studies Institute (PSI). She holds a BSc in International and European Studies from the University of Macedonia (Greece) and an MPhil in Environmental Policy from the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom). She is a mixed-methods researcher and has conducted evaluation and impact assessments for the European Commission, the UK government and charitable...

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Robert Lyons


Professor Alan Marsh

Specialist in the use of large-scale survey research to study:

* the relationship between social and economic change and social policy, and
* the evaluation of social policy both in general and in quasi-experimental pilots.

Current studies concentrate on low-income families with children, lone parents, long-term unemployed and disabled people, determining the outcomes for family well-being of...

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Will McDowall

Will McDowall is a lecturer at the UCL Energy Institute and Institute of Sustainable Resources, where he is Course Director for the MSc Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment. His research is interdisciplinary, and focuses on climate and energy policies, particularly focused on energy innovation policy, and on the sustainability appraisal of energy technologies and pathways. He has...

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Glen Murphy


Luis Pinto

Luis Pinto currently works at the European Environment Agency as the Learning and Development Coordinator. He graduated in Economics and holds a masters in Education and Society, Luis has always been passionate about all aspects of learning, personal and organisational development. Professionally, he seeks to operate in the intersection between learning, leadership, sustainability, technology and...

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Malcolm Rigg

Malcolm was Director of PSI from 2004 to September 2013. He led and taught extensively on the MRS-accredited Masters in Applied Market and Social Research. He was previously Managing Director of the British Market Research Bureau (BMRB). Before joining BMRB, he was Director of Research at COI Communications and has also been Head of Public Interest Research at Consumers’ Association (now Which?)....

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Ben Shaw

Ben joined PSI in October 2006 and became Director in June 2015, having previously served as Acting Director since October 2013. He has nearly 20 years’ experience of working on environmental issues at the interface of research and policy. Since joining PSI, he has worked on research projects investigating eco-innovation, environmental tax reform, public responses to environmental policy, the...

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Deborah Smeaton

Deborah joined PSI in 1999 and, as a mixed-methods researcher, has worked on a broad range of projects, using a variety of methodological approaches. She is experienced in:

  • overall research design
  • quantitative data analysis (cross sectional, panel, large and complex)
  • survey design
  • qualitative methods including case studies, focus groups and in-depth interviewing
  • qualitative data analysis
  • ...

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Professor Fred Steward

Fred joined PSI in October 2009. Prior to this, he led innovation research at the business schools of Brunel University and Aston University. Seconded to NESTA in 2008, he has advised government departments in the UK, Europe and China on innovation and sustainability. During 2009, he was seconded to Advantage West Midlands to develop a bid to the European Institute of Innovation & Technology for...

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Tom Watson

Tom joined PSI in 2012 and is currently working on the evaluation of the Heat Networks Investment Project, a £320 million capital investment programme run by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy which aims to boost heat network growth in the UK. He has a background in energy systems research and is also interested in cycling and creating liveable cities. He leads the...

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Holly Weir

Holly is a PhD Researcher at PSI. She holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Reading and an MA in Planning and Sustainability from Kingston University. Holly has worked as a town planner in various local authorities within London and the south-east. Most recently, she has been working for the Greater London Authority, to better embed health and social infrastructure considerations into...

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Dr Michael White

Michael White joined PSI in 1979 after working in industry and management research and teaching. In 1986 he founded the Employment Studies Group and was its Head until 1994.

His studies have included three national surveys of unemployment, and many evaluations of government labour market programmes, including the Restart Cohort Study, and the Macro evaluation of New Deal for...

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