Renewing the Centre is the main UK-facing policy and research unit of the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. We produce, commission and curate high-quality empirical analysis with a view to developing a radical but practical policy platform to renew the centre ground of politics. With a primary focus on the UK, our aim is to develop an exciting, positive agenda for change to improve people’s lives and strengthen liberal democracy against a rising tide of angry populism.
What should be the role of the state in the market economy? How can we combine prosperity and sustainability? And how do we achieve an economic model that generates inclusive prosperity? After a decade of economic stagnation and growing awareness of ecological perils, these are among the biggest questions for UK politics today.
The UK’s economic productivity already lagged other major economies before the financial crisis hit. Since then productivity growth has slowed to a crawl. As a result, pay growth has been almost non-existent and macroeconomic performance has been anaemic. At the same time, new research into climate change illustrates that the timescales required for action are much shorter than we had previously thought.
In addition to these challenges, policymakers need to navigate a range of other issues that have emerged or become more salient in recent years: what should we do about the geographic divergence in economic performance across the UK? How can we make sure that consumer markets operate fairly an efficiently as producers gain much more sophisticated means to tailor their prices? And how can we make sure that corporations take a broader view of their responsibilities? These are among the questions that the Prosperity and Sustainability team will address.
We are looking to hire an exceptional candidate to lead the Prosperity and Sustainability team at Renewing the Centre. Working closely with the Executive Director, the Head of Prosperity and Sustainability will lead the development of an evidence-based narrative and policy agenda for how we can revive the engine of inclusive prosperity while also leading on environmental sustainability. We’re looking for your incisive analysis to develop a sophisticated diagnosis of the challenges, and bold ideas to produce radical but credible policy responses.
As the Head of Prosperity and Sustainability you will have substantial experience of policymaking or analysis in one or more of the core areas of this wide-ranging role.
An experienced policy analyst, you will be adept at producing or commissioning quantitative analysis to guide and justify your policy prescriptions. You will combine a sound grasp of the economic issues and policy detail, giving you credibility with external stakeholders, with a clear sense of the big picture necessary to motivate an exciting centrist political agenda that resonates with voters.
You will lead a small team of policy leads and researchers with expertise in different aspects of this wide-ranging brief and be responsible for giving them strategic direction and support, as well as ensuring that their work adheres to the wider narrative that you will lead the development of.
Close attention to detail and a commitment to excellence will be hallmarks of your work and, as an excellent communicator, you will be adept at conveying complex policy and analysis, as well as its implications, to a wide audience including politicians and the media.
You will also be an agile team player, capable of working with other teams across RTC to bring policy knowledge and analytical skills to augment the wider work of the pillar.
A core aspect of the role involves building relationships with a network of stakeholders across the worlds of policy, politics, the media and academia, both to inform internal thinking and to propagate the resulting policy proposals and maximise their impact.
Key elements of the role include:
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The University of Bristol
April 03, 2019
Cannock Chase Council
March 23, 2019
March 28, 2019
March 22, 2019
April 10, 2019
The Commerce Commission
Wellington, New Zealand
March 20, 2019
Tony Blair Institute for Global Change
April 13, 2019
March 27, 2019
London School of Economics and Political Science
April 02, 2019
The Law Society
Chancery Lane, London
March 28, 2019
April 23, 2019