Research associates

Dr Stuart Astill
Dr Stuart Astill is Principal Consultant at IOD PARC, a leading global specialist provider in the field of results-based performance assessment. In this role he works with organisations to achieve sustainable value-for-money improvements and embed change to better achieve their aims.

He has almost twenty years experience in Civil Service and consultancy roles in the UK and EU as an economist, policy analyst and statistician. Stuart was previously the National Audit Office (NAO) Research Fellow based at the LSE where he carried out a major piece of research on value-for-money audit in the UK NAO and the French Cour des Comptes. He has taught widely on government, politics and economics at LSE, as Visiting Lecturer at Sheffield University and on the MPA programme of Sciences-Po (IEP), Paris.

Latterly, he was the senior economist for finance and performance analysis for the UK Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), leading on the strategic improvement of performance and VfM systems and analysis of total expenditure as well as taking lead responsibility for improving performance understanding for the UK Government's Contracted Employment Programmes. He promoted a focus on measuring, incentivising and driving performance and VfM - the DWP spends around £8bn on running costs and programmes each year as well as distributing more than £150bn of social income transfers.

He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on public administration, political analysis, economics of public policy, rational choice and comparative policy change. He has researched extensively the theory and practical implications of networks and policy making in France and the UK and is interested in the roles of evolution of ideas, networks and complexity in public policy formation. His current research is centred on extending the political science toolbox to make ideas from non-linear mathematics and complexity theory more widely accessible.

Dr Françoise Boucek
Françoise Boucek is a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Politics at Queen Mary, University of London where she has been teaching comparative and EU politics since 2003. Previously, she was Research Officer in the LSE Public Policy Group where she worked on various projects notably the 'Difficult Forms' report for the National Audit Office for which she was Team leader for all aspects of planning, organising and running multiple focus groups. She also managed the LSE Internships Programme and lectured and taught in the Department of Government while on the doctoral programme. Her PhD thesis, which won the 2002 LSE's William Robson Memorial Prize, focused on the impact of factionalism on dominant parties in Britain, Canada, Italy, and Japan. Her most recent book is Factional Politics: How Dominant Parties Implode or Stabilize (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). She is also co-editor (with Matthijs Bogaards) of  Dominant Political Parties and Democracy: Concepts, Measures, Cases and Comparisons (London: Routledge, 2010).

Her association with the LSE goes back to 1989 when she joined the MSc programme in European Politics and Policy. She returned to the LSE in 1993 after teaching for two years in the Department of Politics and Modern History at London Metropolitan University. However, before returning to university in the mid-1980s to study political science at the University of Toronto, she worked for a large investment bank in Toronto (Canada) as Research Officer and Junior Financial Analyst covering the oil and gas industry. Before this, she worked in various administrative capacities in commerce and industry in Toronto and Montreal (Canada) and in London (UK) where she moved from France in the mid-1970s after completing her undergraduate studies.

Dr Leandro Carrera
Leandro Carrera is a Researcher at the Pensions Policy Institute. Prior to this he worked for the Public Policy Group researching public sector productivity as part of the EDS Innovation Programme between 2007 and 2010. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Arizona, with a major in comparative politics and a minor in research methods. His research interests include the measurement of public sector performance and innovation; the analysis of pension policy and performance in European and Latin American countries, and the use of new configurational methods (specifically, Fuzzy Set Qualitative Comparative Analysis) in applied social science research. He has also worked for the Argentine Government consulting on institutional reform and in the private sector.

Mark Carrigan
Mark Carrigan is a sociologist and academic technologist based at the University of Warwick. He edits the Sociological Imagination and co-convenes the BSA Digital Sociology and BSA Realism and Social Research groups. He was formerly managing editor of the LSE's British Politics and Policy Blog. His research interests include sociological theory, methodology, biographical methods, longitudinal qualitative research, asexuality, sexual culture and digital sociology.

Dr Rekha Diwakar 
Dr Rekha Diwakar ( is Lecturer at Department of Politics, Goldsmiths College, University of London, where she teaches courses in research methods, public policy and comparative politics. (Further details can be found on her personal webpage at She obtained an MRes and a PhD in Political Science at the LSE, and worked as an LSE Fellow in the MPA programme 2005-08. She has published on the size of party system and voter turnout in India and her current research interests include electoral competition and voter behaviour, comparative public administration especially civil service reforms. 

Dr Henning Meyer
Dr Henning Meyer is a Senior Visiting Fellow at LSE, Director of New Global Strategy Ltd. and Editor of Social Europe Journal ( He has studied politics, economics and business in Germany and the UK and works in the areas of globalisation, global policy, social democracy, political economy, economic policy, European Union, new media, online technology and strategy. His publications cover academic outputs as well as contributions to mainstream media such as The Guardian and DIE ZEIT and TV channels such as the BBC, Sky, Al Jazeera International and CNBC. Before joining LSE, Dr Meyer ran the European Programme at the Global Policy Institute in London and was a Visiting Fellow at the School for Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR) at Cornell University.

Dr Eva Maria-Nag
Dr. Nag is an academic at the School of Government and International Affairs (Durham University) and Research Associate at the Public Policy Group (LSE). She is a member of the Practitioners’ Advisory Board of the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies and an Advisory Board Member of the Pakistan Journal of International Relations. Eva-Maria received her PhD on Indian political thought from the LSE and is the founding Executive Editor of Global Policy. An expert in comparative political theory, her research interests include theories of democracy and violence in South Asia and the ideational implications of multipolarity in the international system. Her latest project was Climate Governance in the Developing World.

Jane Tinkler 
Jane was Research Fellow and Manager of the LSE Public Policy Group. Most recently she contributed to the LSE's Impact of Social Sciences project. This was a three-year HEFCE funded programme in collaboration with Imperial College London and the University of Leeds. The project aimed to develop metrics for tracking academic impact and also to investigate the impacts that academic research has on government, business and civil society. She also oversaw the Public Policy Group's six academic blogs: British Politics and Policy, European Politics and Policy, USAPP, the LSE Review of Books, the Democratic Audit and Impact of Social Sciences blog. Her academic research interests focus on the quality of public services in the UK. Projects currently include the use of design approaches to innovative change in the public sector and citizen redress in UK public services. All three projects will result in books to be published over the next year. Her most recent publication (with Dunleavy and Bastow) is ’The Impact of the Social Sciences: How academics and their work make a difference’ (Sage, 2014).
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