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Institute of Ideas Personnel

director Claire Fox

Claire Fox is the director of the Institute of Ideas (IoI), which she established to create a public space where ideas can be contested without constraint. Claire initiated the IoI while co-publisher of the controversial and ground-breaking current affairs journal LM magazine (formerly Living Marxism). The IoI has since worked with a variety of prestigious institutions in Britain and abroad. More...

director, Debating Matters; science and society director Tony Gilland

Tony Gilland is the Director of Debating Matters and Science and Society Director at the Institute of Ideas. Tony directs the IoIís programme on scientific and medical controversies, particularly in relation to genetics, medical science and public health. He has programmed many symposiums, and edited several books on the subject. More...

membership and events director Geoff Kidder

Geoff Kidder is the membership and events director for the Institute of Ideas. The associate membership scheme was set up in May 2002, and we now have associates throughout the UK and around the world. More...

Associate Fellow Tiffany Jenkins

Dr Tiffany Jenkins is director of the arts and society programme at the Institute of Ideas. Tiffany is a sociologist whose research research explores the contested nature of authority in museums, shifts in purpose in the cultural sector, concepts of cultural value, cultural policy, and cultural property issues such as repatriation and contested objects. These interests are underpinned by a study of authority and how today it has to continually justify itself and is constantly questioned and contested. Her research also examines the symbolic meanings and strategic use of human remains, and how the body becomes a locale for so many cultural, political, and ethical debates. She writes and broadcasts on arts related issues. More...

series editor, Debating Matters Ellie Lee

Ellie Lee is a lecturer in social policy at Kent University, and before that worked at Southampton University as a lecturer and research fellow. More...

Associate Fellow; editor, Culture Wars Dolan Cummings

Dolan Cummings is an Associate Fellow of the Institute of Ideas and editor of the IoI's online review Culture Wars. More...

Associate Fellow; director, Battle Satellites Shirley Dent

Shirley Dent is an Associate Fellow of the Institute of Ideas More...

Debating Matters National Coordinator Justine Brian

Justine Brian is the National Coordinator for the Institute of Ideas Debating Matters Competition, an innovative and engaging new style of debating competition for sixth form students in the UK. More...

Debating Matters Resources and Communications Manager Helen Birtwistle

Helen Birtwistle is Resources and Communications Manager for the Institute of Ideas Debating Matters Competition, an innovative and engaging new style of debating competition for sixth form students in the UK. More...

technical consultant Simon Belt

Simon Belt started his IT career working in the rather restrictive environment of the civil service, before moving into the more flexible and innovative international outsourcing world. In 1999 Simon established his own IT Consultancy - Simply Better IT. His passion is delivering end-to-end IT solutions for small businesses to help transform their use of technology and business processes. More...

London Administrator, Debating Matters Ed Noel

Ed is the London Administrator for Debating Matters. He graduated in 2012 from the University of St Andrews, where he studied philosophy More...