PPG team

Professor Patrick Dunleavy - Chair of PPG
Patrick Dunleavy is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he has worked since 1979. He was educated at Corpus Christi College and Nuffield College, Oxford, where he gained his D.Phil. He has authored and edited numerous books on political science theory, British politics and urban politics, as well as more than 50 articles in professional journals. His current research includes a seven country study of how central governments relate to the IT industry for the UK's Economic and Social Research Council.
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Contact details: 020 7955 7178, p.dunleavy@lse.ac.uk 

Simon Bastow
- Senior Research Fellow
Simon has worked on public policy and e-government issues for more than ten years, formerly at the School of Public Policy, University College London, and since 2005, as part of the LSE Public Policy Group. During this time, he been involved in extensive studies of UK and international e-government on behalf of the National Audit Office, and has co-authored a number of publications in this field. Simon has worked on many other issues of public management reform in the UK and beyond, and is currently completing a PhD on the public management of the prison system in England and Wales.
Contact details: Room Q503, 020 7107 5246, s.j.bastow@lse.ac.uk 

Dr Stuart A Brown  – Researcher
Stuart joined LSE PPG in July 2012 and works on both the European Court of Auditors review project, and EUROPP – LSE’s European Politics and Policy blog. Before joining PPG he completed his PhD in European Politics at the University of Strathclyde. His research interests include economic integration, regulatory processes and EU agencies.
Contact details: Room LCH3.02A, 020 7955 6731, s.a.brown@lse.ac.uk   

Cheryl Brumley - Digital Editor
Cheryl Brumley is the Digital Editor for the Public Policy Group blogs and produces the LSE Review of Books Podcast, voxEUROPP, the British Politicast and the Impact blog podcasts. Cheryl previously conducted research into social media and the Arab Spring at the Jordanian Foreign Ministry, and researched for BBC World Service radio on work experience. She also worked at the UK Department of Health and the House of Lords. Cheryl is a graduate of the LSE with an MSc in Theory and History of International Relations. 
Contact details: Room LCH.3.02, 020 7955 6064, C.K.Brumley@lse.ac.uk

Chris Gilson Editor/Researcher
Chris Gilson joined the LSE PPG in December 2007 as Editor/Researcher and has worked on the long-standing hot review contract with the National Audit Office, and review work for the European Court of Auditors. He was previously Managing Editor of the LSE's British Politics and Policy blog , and of EUROPP - the LSE's European Politics and Policy blog. He is currently Managing Editor of the LSE's USApp - American Politics and Policy blog. Before this, he worked for three years at the Department of Health, firstly as a Correspondence Officer and then as a Freedom of Information Officer. He has a undergraduate and a Masters degree in Geography, and a postgraduate diploma in Strategic Management, all from the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. 
Contact details: Room LCH3.04, 020 7955 6909, c.h.gilson@lse.ac.uk

Helena Vieira – Managing Editor, LSE Business Review
Helena joined PPG in March 2015 to help set up the new LSE Business Review blog, for which she will be Managing Editor. She has wide experience as a journalist for a number of media outlets, including Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal. Helena has lived and worked in four continents.  She holds an M.A. in International Development from American University in Washington, D.C. and an M.Sc. in Strategic Communications from Columbia University in New York. 
Contact details: Room LCH3.04, 020 7955 6909, h.vieira@lse.ac.uk

Dr Joachim Wehner - Lecturer in Public Policy 
Joachim is Lecturer in Public Policy and a member of the Political Science and Political Economy (PSPE) research group at the LSE. He studied political science at the Free University Berlin (Germany), the Universities of Stellenbosch and Cape Town (South Africa), and the LSE. He holds masters degrees from the University of Stellenbosch and the LSE, and a PhD in Government from the LSE. Prior to joining LSE as a lecturer, Joachim worked as a policy analyst at the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (Idasa), focusing on public finances. He has also worked as a consultant for the World Bank, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the UK Department for International Development, and other organisations. This has included assignments in Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa. His main research interests are public budgeting, fiscal performance, legislatures and federalism. He teaches Public Budgeting and Financial Management (GV4E4).
Contact details: Room TW2 8.01B, 020 7955 6422, j.h.wehner@lse.ac.uk 

Sierra Williams – Editor / Research Assistant
Sierra Williams joined LSE PPG in July 2012 and is primarily involved with the LSE Impact of Social Sciences project and blog. She holds an MPhil in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation Studies from Trinity College, Dublin and a BA in Sociology from the University of San Francisco. Prior to this Sierra worked at the Public Library of Science (PLOS). Her research interests are in the sociology of scientific knowledge, open access, use of research in the third sector, and wider forms of research and pedagogical impact assessment.
Contact details: Room LCH3.02A, 020 7955 6731, s.williams4@lse.ac.uk