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Established in 1938, NIESR remains the UK’s leading macroeconomic, social research and forecasting institute. The vision of our founders was to understand the economic and social forces that affect people’s lives and seek ways in which policy can bring about change. This remains our mission today. We truly are the independent voice of economic and social research.

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Council of Management

Leadership Team

Chief Financial Officer
Neil Lakeland
Head of External Affairs
Deputy Director (Macroeconomic Modelling and Forecasting)
Adrian Pabst
Deputy Director (Social and Political Economy)

Public Policy Researchers

Senior Social Researcher
Research Lead (Regional Modelling and Microsimulation)
Research Director
Productivity Commission Coordinator
Sophie Kitson
Assistant Social Researcher
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Macroeconomic Researchers

Associate Economist
Ed Cornforth
Associate Economist
Research Lead for Economic Measurement
Associate Research Director for Model Development
Principal Economist
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Honorary Fellows