Emma was appointed Director of Policy and Research on December 1 2010.
Emma is Director of Policy and Research at JRF, providing oversight for JRF programmes across Poverty, Place, An Ageing Society and the JRF commitment to Bradford. She began her JRF career in 1998, managing programmes on disability, and subsequently on immigration and inclusion. Emma is a member of the Advisory Board for the NIHR School for Social Care Research and represents JRF at relevant fora about the role of research in inspiring social change and informing policy and practice.
Before joining JRF in 1998, Emma was a contract researcher for the Centre for Disability Studies at the University of Leeds and completed a PhD on 'Disability and Development in China' (having previously done Chinese as an undergraduate followed by a Masters in International Development Studies).
Outside JRF, Emma retains her interests in international development as a Trustee of Y Care International and of DORS: Development Organisation for Rural Sichuan.