pic_appleby John Appleby has been Chief Economist at the King’s Fund since 1998. He has worked in the National Health Service in Birmingham and London and as senior lecturer at the Universities of Birmingham and East Anglia. John has published widely on a range of health care finance and economic issues in books, academic journals, reports, magazines and newspapers. John is a Visiting Professor at the Department of Economics, City University and at the Institute of Global Innovations at Imperial College London.


David Cobham is professor of economics at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. He has written widely on monetary policy, mainly in the UK, but also has interests in European monetary integration and Middle East economies.



Arup Daripa is a lecturer and directs the MSc programme in Financial Economics at Birkbeck, University of London.  He has a PhD in economics from Princeton university. His research focuses on mechanism design, banking, regulation and financial crises.


Paul Hare is Professor Emeritus (Economics), Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, where he has worked since 1985 mostly on the economies of Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. His special interests have been in the areas of privatisation, industrial policy, and foreign trade. Since formally retiring in 2010 he has worked as an international consultant, mainly on EU-funded projects, taking in Tajikistan, the Caribbean (several projects), the Falkland Islands and Kuwait.


Anthony Heath is Director of the Centre for Social Investigation at Nuffield College, Oxford and Professor of Sociology at Manchester University.  His research interests cover social stratification and mobility, ethnicity, electoral behaviour, social and political attitudes, national identity and social cohesion.


Robert Joyce works in the Direct Tax and Welfare sector at the Institute for Fiscal Studies. His main research interests relate to income distribution and the design and effects of the tax and benefit system.



Sandeep Kapur is a professor of economics at Birkbeck University of London. He has a PhD in economics from  Cambridge. His current research interests include financial regulation and sovereign debt crises.




Giorgia Maffini is a Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation. Previously she was an Economist at the OECD.



Ken Mayhew is Emeritus Professor of Education and Economic Performance at Oxford University, Emeritus Fellow in Economics at Pembroke College Oxford and Extraordinary Professor of Education and Economic Performance at Maastricht University. He is also a member of the UK Armed Forces Pay Review Body, and an Associate Editor of Oxford Economic Papers and the Oxford Review of Economic Policy.


Anna Mountford-Zimdars teaches and researches issues of equity and social mobility in higher education and beyond at King’s College London. Anna is interested in theoretical and empirical  work as well as applied work that enhances practice and accessibility in higher education. Anna currently leads a HEFCE-funded project on explaining differences in higher education progression. Anna holds a DPhil from New College Oxford which she completed under the supervision of Anthony Heath.


Luke Sibieta is Programme Director of the Education and Skills sector at the Institute for Fiscal Studies. His main research interests include inequality and the economics of education.


Simon Wren-Lewis is Professor of Economic Policy in the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford. He has published many journal articles on macroeconomics, and has also advised the Treasury, the Bank of England and the IMF. He writes a blog at

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