Chris Chapman PhD, MA, BSc (Hons), FRSA – Director

Professor Chris Chapman is Chair of Educational Policy and Practice at the University of Glasgow and Director of Policy Scotland.

He was also Founding Director of the Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change and Co-Director of ESRC/Scottish Government funded What Works Scotland Centre (WWS). Chris is the key architect and PI of Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland and the Network for Social and Educational Equity based at the University of Glasgow.

His research focuses on issues related to educational and social change particularly in high poverty settings. Chris is seconded part-time to Scottish Government as Senior Academic Adviser in the Learning Directorate where most of his work focuses on supporting the Scottish Attainment Challenge. Chris is also a member of the First Minister’s International Council of Education Advisers and President-elect of the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement

Des McNulty

Desmond McNulty is Deputy Director of Policy Scotland and also Assistant Vice-Principal, Economic Development and Civic Engagement at the University of Glasgow.

Duncan Maclennan CBE FRSE FAcSS

Professor Duncan Maclennan is an applied economist with interests in cities, neighbourhoods, infrastructure and housing. He is currently Professor of Public Policy at the University of Glasgow, Professor of Strategic Urban Management and Finance at the University of St Andrews and a Professorial Research Fellow in Urban Economics at the University of New South Wales, Sydney.

He has a longstanding record of high-level housing and cities policy work outside of Scotland. Over the last three years he has been at the forefront of the Policy Scotland knowledge exchange and co-production project, Shaping Futures, with 20 housing and city organisations drawn from the UK, Canada and Australia.

He has also been conducting individual research on housing economics issues in Canada and Australia. In 2018 a major report on how housing outcomes can contribute to metropolitan growth and productivity, Making Better Economic Cases for Housing Policies attracted a great deal of attention in Australia. The key follow-up study Strengthening Economic Cases for Housing Policies was launched at the City Museum in Sydney in February 2019.

David Waite, PhD

Dr David Waite is a Research Associate within Policy Scotland and Urban Studies.

Linda Christie, PhD

Dr Linda Christie is a Public Policy Associate within Policy Scotland.

Sarah Weakley, PhD

Sarah Weakley is a Research and Impact Acceleration Officer within Policy Scotland.

Lynda Frazer 

Lynda Frazer is the manager for Policy Scotland and What Works Scotland.

Julie Cooper

Julie Cooper is the project administrator for Policy Scotland.

The Governance Board

Sir John Elvidge KCB, FRSE, FRSA (Chair)

Sir John is Chair of the Policy Scotland Governance Board.

Sir John was Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Government from 2003 to 2010.

He is currently:

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Professor Carol Tannahill, OBE

Professor Carol Tannahill is Director of the Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH). She is currently also on part-time secondment to the Scottish Government as Chief Social Policy Adviser.

Her other roles include:

She was awarded an OBE in 2018 for services to public health.

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Professor Sally Wyke

Professor Sally Wyke is Deputy Director of the Institute of Health & Wellbeing (IHW) at the University of Glasgow and Interdisciplinary Research Professor at IHW.

She is Dean of Research for the College of Social Sciences  and an Associate with the School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing.

She is an Academic Ambassador for the Addressing Inequalities Research Beacon at the University of Glasgow.

Her other roles include:

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