Donald Hirsch

Donald Hirsch

Director of the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University

Along with his team, Professor Hirsch is responsible for the Minimum Income Standard (MIS) for the United Kingdom, an ongoing JRF-funded programme.

Since 2008 this programme has been researching what incomes households need to reach a minimum acceptable standard of living in the view of members of the public. Based on this research, Donald has played a leading role in helping to establish the accredited Living Wage across the UK, with the MIS results forming the basis for the calculation of its level.

Donald has had a close association with JRF since the mid 1990s, and between 1998 and 2008 was its Poverty Adviser. Previously, he had been a journalist on magazines including The Economist, before moving to Paris to carry out international studies of education for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Having been involved in analysing social policies in the UK and abroad since Margaret Thatcher's second year in office, he endeavours to ignore a sense of deja vu, seeking to learn from past lessons only to the extent that they are relevant to today's distinctive challenges. 

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Telephone: 07766 707831