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Professor Jonathan Grant


Jonathan Grant is Assistant Principal for Strategic Initiatives & Public Policy at King’s College London, and Professor of Public Policy in the Policy Institute at King’s. Jonathan was Director of the Policy Institute between February 2014 and 2017, and under his leadership it acquired a national and international reputation as a centre of excellence for facilitating the translation of research into policy and practice. The Policy Institute was profiled in the Times Higher Education Supplement and is seen as a ‘model’ by other universities worldwide. He was appointed Assistant Principal for Strategy in October 2015, tasked with leading the development a new Strategic Vision for King’s, which was published in January 2017. Subsequently, Jonathan was asked to oversee the implementation of the Strategic Vision, as Assistant Principal for Strategic Initiatives & Public Policy in February 2017 and therefore stood down as Director of the Policy Institute at that time. Jonathan is a member of the Senior Management Team for university.

Jonathan’s main research interests are in biomedical and health R&D policy, research impact assessment and the use of research and evidence in policy and decision making.  Jonathan has significant international experience providing analytical support on the formulation and implementation of R&D strategies in, for example, the UK, Greece, Norway, Qatar, Oman, Australia, Canada and the USA. Jonathan co-founded the International School on Research Impact Assessment.

Recent studies that Jonathan has led include: an assessment of the impact case studies from the UK Research Excellence Framework; a project estimating the economic returns from cancer-related research in the UK; and a study looking at the economic spillovers from public funded biomedical and health research.

In 2013, he co-authored a book, The Drugs Don’t Work, on the global threat of antimicrobial resistance. The book, written in collaboration with the Chief Medical Office of England, Professor Dame Sally Davies, and an expert in infectious diseases, Professor Mike Catchpole, was serialised by The Sunday Times and featured in the New Statesman and The Scotsman

Jonathan was President of RAND Europe between June 2006 and October 2012, where he oversaw the doubling of the organisation's activity in Europe, the founding of a vibrant and successful office in Brussels, and the establishment of the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research, a joint venture with the University of Cambridge. Prior to joining RAND in 2002, Jonathan was Head of Policy at the Wellcome Trust.

Jonathan received his PhD from the Faculty of Medicine, University of London and his B.Sc. (Econ) from the London School of Economics.

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Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 1742
Twitter: @jonathancgrant
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