Jump to navigation Jump to content

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


Nick Bibby


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.


Dr Mariola Tarrega

Digital Resources Coordinator

Scottish Policy Research and Exchange

Mariola is a political & digital communications expert. She has a PhD in Political Public Relations from Queen Margaret University and experience working in academia, policy research and digital communications in Scotland. Mariola is in charge of our digital presence and is currently developing our digital resources tools using UX research methods. Drop me a line at mariola.tarrega@spre.scot.


Rebekah Widdowfield


SPRE Steering Group

Rebekah 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.

Get involved

Ask about our training sessions

Get in touch

Use our digital tools to create your engagement strategy

Check out our digital tools section

Join our network of scholars and policy professionals

Join The Brokerage

Find out about our next events & engagement opportunities