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Cathy Gardner

Dr Cathy Gardner

Visiting Senior Research Fellow


Cathy has taught at the University of London since 2001 and has practical experience of the world of public policy, having served as a civil servant at the Home Office since 2000, with stints at the Northern Ireland Office and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government as a Senior Policy Advisor. Much of her past work has been in the field of evidence based policy making (including the Evidence Network), public and social policy, but she has had an enduring interest in Cold War history and politics, where she continues to conduct research.

Currently a member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) and awarded a Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in 2012.


  • BA(Hons) Politics, South Bank University
  • MSc(Econ) Public Policy, Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London
  • PhD(Lon) Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary, University of London


Research Interests

  • Cold War history and telecommunications systems
  • Immigration and asylum policy during 20th Century
  • Evidence Based Policy Making
  • Legal jurisdiction and application

She is currently researching an overview of the capabilities of the British early-warning system for potential and imminent nuclear attacks against Great Britain during the Cold War, which is being written in collaboration with the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy at King’s College London.





Currently teaching Social Policy at the University of London with supervisor availability at undergraduate and postgraduate level.