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The Institute of Public Affairs is delighted to host a cadre of high-quality Fellows who have made a significant and sustained impact on policy-making. Each Fellow works with the IPA, its faculty and its students to harness academic insight and complement it with real-world experience to make effective public policy.


David Davis MP is a Parliamentarian Fellow of the IPA, the Member of Parliament for Haltemprice and Howden, and a Conservative Party politician. A leading figure on the backbenches, he is best known for being a strong defender of civil liberties. He is a former Foreign Office Minister, and Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee. He is currently working with IPA faculty on policy regarding data collection and surveillance.


John Denham is a Professorial Research Fellow of the IPA. From 1992 until 2015 he served as the Member of Parliament for Southampton Itchen. He held a variety of Ministerial posts, including Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. John is working on a research project on policy towards employment and skills training.

Paul Kirby

Paul Kirby is a Visiting Professor of Practice at the IPA. Paul was previously a Partner at KPMG LLP (2005-2011 and 2013-2015), Head of the No. 10 Policy Unit (2011-2013) and former advisor the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer (2009-10). Paul is contributing to IPA student’s understanding of policy-making through lectures and Policy in Practice Seminars, and is authoring a book on the reform agenda for public services in OECD countries.


Baroness Sarah Ludford is a Parliamentarian Fellow of the IPA, a Member of the House of Lords and a Liberal Democrat politician. An LSE alumna, she was a Liberal Democrat MEP until 2014. Sarah has expertise in civil liberties, justice & human rights as well as the structures and political institutions of Europe.

Purna Sen

Dr Purna Sen is a Senior Fellow of the IPA. Purna is an established academic with a career at LSE including at the IPA where she led the Women in Public Life: Above the Parapet project. Since 2015, Purna has been the Policy Director at UN Women in New York.