Iain has tried to link the worlds of academe and public policy throughout his working life. As a lecturer in Politics at Newcastle University, he became one of the founding councillors on Tyne & Wear Metropolitan County Council, where he served from 1973 to 1979, becoming chair of its Economic Development Committee. On returning to Oxford, he served a term as councillor on Oxford City Council, as leader of its SDP/Liberal group (a group of size 1 in his first year). From 2001 to 2015, he was involved in a network of informal advice for senior politicians including Gordon Brown successively as Chancellor and as Prime Minister. One commission from then-Chancellor Brown was Iain’s book Adam Smith: radical and egalitarian
(Edinburgh University Press 2006). He is vice-president for public policy of the British Academy
, and has worked with both the Academy and the Royal Society of Edinburgh
, where he is also a fellow, on numerous policy publications and consultation responses to the UK and Scottish Governments.
In his paid day job, Iain has worked on public choice; UK politics; electoral systems; and the 18th
-century Enlightenment in Scotland, America, and France. His recent academic books include Rational Choice in British Politics
(Oxford University Press 2001); State of the Union
with Alistair McMillan
(OUP 2005) and What’s Wrong with the British Constitution?
edition 2012). The latter two both won the W.J.M. Mackenzie Book Prize of the Political Studies Association of the UK. More policy-focused books, both published by Edinburgh University Press, have included Scotland’s Choices
with Jim Gallagher
and Guy Lodge
edition 2014) and Legally Married
with Scot Peterson (2013).
His work on the Aberfan disaster of 1966, with Martin Johnes
, has become a standard reference on how (not) to deal with a disaster. He was cited by then-Secretary of State for Wales, Ron Davies, as one of the people responsible for Mr Davies’ decision to restore money that had been improperly taken by an earlier government to the Aberfan Memorial Fund.
Dr Armin Steinbach
Armin has been a Gwilym Gibbon Fellow at Nuffield College since 2014. He is also head of division in the German Federal Ministry of the Economy and Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. Previously, he was a dispute settlement lawyer at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva and attorney-at-law with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in Brussels. In 2012-13, he served as member of the advisory group of Germany's current President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in the German parliament. Armin authored books and articles in peer-reviewed journals in the area of International and European law and economics. He was born in 1979 and held visiting scholar positions at Harvard, Oxford, Florence and at the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods in Bonn. He obtained a PhD in law (2007) from the University of Munich and a PhD in economics (2013) from the University of Erfurt in Germany.
Sir Danny Alexander
Prof JD Gallagher CB FRSE
has been a member of Nuffield College since 2011, and is also a visiting professor in the University of Glasgow. Before that he was a senior civil servant, working in both London and Edinburgh. He served on two occasions a member of the Downing Street policy unit (under Prime Minsters Blair and Brown) and at various times a member of the UK Cabinet secretariat, head of the Scottish Justice department, and private secretary to Cabinet Ministers. His main interest is in devolution and the territorial constitution of the UK. He was secretary of the Calman Commission on Scottish devolution and, during the Scottish independence referendum campaign policy and strategy advisor to the pro-UK Better Together campaign. In addition to his academic work Jim is a director of a number of companies in the commercial and charitable sectors.
Dr Anika Ludwig
Anika joined Nuffield College in September 2015 to research cost-effectiveness and resource allocation in policing in Great Britain. She joins the Gwilym Gibbon Unit from Northumbria University (Newcastle) where she was part of a project funded by the E.U. “Prevention of and Fight against Crime” programme, PIES: the P
valuation and S
trengthening of Forensic DNA data exchange. Tasked with providing a socio-economic and political context to intra-EU migration and crime against a backdrop of enhanced data sharing of personal information across EU member states, this work explored foreign offending in the England and other EU member states in order to inform recommendations about how the strengthening of Prüm can better prevent, detect and reduce transnational crime.
Anika has a PhD in Forensic Science from the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow) which focused on the effective use of forensic science in Scotland. She worked in collaboration with Scottish police forces (eight forces at the time of the project), the Scottish Police Services Authority (SPSA) Forensic Services and the Crown Office Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) and undertook the first review of forensic services in Scotland. Anika’s research interests included the role and use of forensic science and forensic intelligence databases, the utility of forensic science in the criminal justice process, and the attrition of forensic science in investigations. Anika is interested in understanding how barriers to the effective use of resources in investigations impact the Criminal Justice System and the notional differences of value between individuals involved in criminal investigations.