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About Us

Officials and Scholars Working Together

The Scottish Policy and Research Exchange supports researchers and officials as they seek smart solutions to policy challenges. It is a network of professionals working together to deliver evidence-informed policy in practice.

Who We Are

Staff

Nick Bibby

Director

Scottish Policy and Research Exchange

Nick is a policy engagement professional with a background in journalism and higher education. He helped establish SPRE and was appointed as the project’s first director at the beginning of 2019.

Staff

Dr Dave Bell

Policy-Academic Liaison Coordinator

Scottish Policy and Research Exchange

Dave is a knowledge exchange specialist. He has a PhD in climate science and experience in environmental policy, climate change mitigation research and leading on knowledge exchange activities for large international development research programmes. Dave is developing a network of Scottish policy professionals looking to connect with academics. Get in touch.

Governance

Rita Gardner

Co-chair

SPRE Advisory Group

Dr Rita Gardner CBE FAcSS is Chief Executive of the Academy of Social Sciences. Rita was previously Director of the Royal Geographical Society, the UK’s learned society and professional body for geography, from 1996 to 2018. Dr Gardner has extensive experience in advisory, trustee and committee roles and is the recipient of a CBE for services to geography.

Governance

Rebekah Widdowfield

Co-chair

SPRE Advisory Group

Dr Widdowfield is Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. She has a background in academia and government, researching housing and homelessness, rural and environmental science and analysis, social research (as Scottish Government Chief Researcher) and higher education.

Why We Do It

Rigorous and impartial research has a vital role in the policy process. We believe that research-informed policy is better policy.

We believe in the benefits of increasing the diversity of the voices contributing to the evidence base for policy. We represent many disciplines, professional backgrounds and methodological approaches.

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