Dr Lauren Winch

BA(Oxon.), MA(Lond.), PhD(Bristol)

Dr Lauren Winch

Dr Lauren Winch
Specialist Research Institutes Manager/International Research Partnerships Manag

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Dr Lauren Winch is the Specialist Research Institutes Manager responsible for the Bristol Poverty Institute (BPI). Her role includes leading on strategic planning and policy development, as well as developing communication and engagement strategies, promoting and supporting inter- and transdisciplinary working, expanding and enhancing the Institute's reach and international profile, and delivering reporting and analysis. Under Lauren's management the BPI works in partnership with NGOs, CSOs, governments and private sector bodies united by the common goal of reducing poverty in all its forms everywhere (SDG1). Through her work Lauren aims to cement the University of Bristol's position as a global centre of research excellence on the causes, effects and measurements of poverty. This will increase our potential for impact on policy and practice, driven by our ultimate aim of reducing the extent and severity of poverty at all scales from the local to the global. This role is part-time, normally Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Alongside her BPI role Lauren is also the Manager of International Research Partnerships, based in the Research and Enterprise Division (Mondays and Tuesdays). This role involves leading a portfolio of international research partnership activities and funding schemes, including reviewing strategic approaches to developing international research partnerships, designing and overseeing delivery of new and/or revised programmes, and building collaborations within and beyond the University to enhance our global reputation and impact. 

Prior to joining the University of Bristol Lauren was a Senior International Policy Manager at the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), where she managed several large interdisciplinary projects in collaboration with a range of national and international funding partners. In particular, she was the scheme lead for the ESRC-DFID Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research, as well as being the Strategic Project Lead for the ESRC’s involvement in the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). Lauren has a strong interdisciplinary research background, with a undergraduate degree in Human Sciences from the University of Oxford, a Masters in African Archaeology from UCL, and a PhD in Archaeology and Anthropology from the University of Bristol. Her academic and professional career has focussed on the intersections between society, culture and environment, particularly in Africa and Asia.

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