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Professor Jennifer Rubin

jennifer-rubin-2018Jennifer Rubin is Executive Chair of the Economic and Social Research Council, as well as a Professor of Public Policy at King's. She was formerly director of the Policy Institute and continues to work on a range of Institute projects.

Jennifer’s principal research areas include migration, integration and intolerance; communities, crime and justice policy; and the intersections between public health and related areas such as alcohol and drugs policy. Jennifer has been Principal Investigator on numerous cross-national, comparative interdisciplinary studies funded by the European Commission, UK and other government departments and agencies, European foundations and NGOs. Her recent projects include trends in intolerance in Europe funded by the Open Society Foundation and a study on the global cost of anti-microbial resistance for the O’Neill Review funded by the Wellcome Trust. Jennifer has also maintained a longstanding interest in funding mechanisms for public services. She has led projects on payment by results and social investment in the areas of drug treatment, rehabilitation of offenders and social care, and recently completed a donor-funded study on the relationship between social policy and health outcomes in OECD countries.

Before joining King’s Jennifer built and led the justice and home affairs research programme at RAND Europe for ten years. She has served on the not-for-profit policy research institution’s executive team most recently as Executive Vice President, helping to lead its quadrupling in size in Europe.

In addition to research, Jennifer is a member of the Ministry of Justice’s Data, Evidence and Science Board and is the UK representative on NATO’s task force on ethnic intolerance in the military. She has served on the Advisory Board for a multimillion pound AHRC doctoral training programme at the University of Cambridge and has been social scientific advisor to numerous projects including Nuffield Foundation research on fair trials for foreign nationals. She advises and briefs her work to the Executive offices of the UK and several other European governments, the US, New Zealand and the European Commission.

Jennifer obtained her PhD at the University of Cambridge in social and political sciences at King’s College, following a first class degree in European Politics at Loughborough University. She has lectured in politics and psychology, published numerous peer-reviewed policy research reports and academic journal articles and been a visiting fellow at Harvard’s Center for European Studies. 


Selected publications


Other publications and appearances

Rubin, J. (2014) A competitive landscape for providing services is an opportunity for evidence-building.. but who will benefit? King’s College London Policywonkers invited blog.

Rubin, J. and Disley, E. (2013) New funding mechanisms for services to improve outcomes for vulnerable groups, Spotlight on Poverty, invited op-ed.

The World at One, social impact bonds as new funding mechanisms for public services, 2013



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