Industry & Academia (social sciences) | 15-Feb-2017 | 17:30 – 19:00 | SHEW-2.07 (Learning Commons), Strand

Professional Futures events are based around particular themes that we know you, as a KCL researcher, will be thinking about. They are short, informal events where the emphasis is on you thinking outside your research field and seeing how your skills and interests can be transferred into all sorts of different settings. Invest some time to think closely about yourself, your future potential; meet some fellow researchers and work with our speakers to help you develop one area of your skill set.

Strand: SHEW-2.07 (Learning Commons)
15-Feb-2017 17:30 – 19:00


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Rebecca Nash
Head of Evidence
Macmillan Cancer Support

As Head of Macmillan’s Evidence department, Rebecca leads the development of Macmillan’s cancer population research, insight on the needs and experiences of people living with cancer, and ensures that Macmillan’s work is evidence-based. She drives strategic research investment in close partnership with services colleagues across Macmillan, oversees the range of evidence functions within the department, and leads communication and use of evidence and insight on the growing cancer population in Macmillan’s health and social care partnerships across the UK. Prior to joining Macmillan, Rebecca worked in research consulting and academia. This covered a wide range of expertise, sectors and methodologies including strategic foresight, social and consumer trends, ethnography, customer insight and public health research. Rebecca holds a PhD in cultural anthropology (University of Virginia). Her original research focused on post-socialist systems of family and social care in eastern Europe. She also holds an MA in Gender Studies from the Central European University (Budapest, Hungary). Prior to ‘retiring’ from academia she published in peer-reviewed journals and lectured in anthropological theory.

Emily Tanner
Head of Children, Families & Work
NatCen Social Research

Dr Emily Tanner is Head of the Children, Families and Work team at NatCen Social Research, which carries out high quality research with the goal of achieving positive change for society. Emily’s team has 23 researchers working across wide-ranging policy areas using the full range of research methodologies. Emily’s own research focuses on early years and education, looking at the influence of family background and policy interventions on outcomes for children and young people. Recent influential projects led by Emily include the Out of School Activities project for the Nuffield Foundation which investigated the influence of activity participation on academic and social outcomes, and the Evaluation of Children’s Centres in England (ECCE) for the Department for Education. Before joining NatCen in 2005, Emily held research posts at Yale University and at the University of Oxford, where she also completed a DPhil in Social Policy. She previously trained as a social worker and worked with adults with learning disabilities, older people and with women escaping domestic violence.