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Kirby Swales to head-up NatCen’s income and work research

30 July 2013 | Tags: Income and work, NatCen Social Research

NatCen Social Research has appointed Kirby Swales as the Head of its Income and Work team. Kirby will lead a team of 16 methodological experts and researchers, specialising in employment, skills and income.

NatCen’s Income & Work Team provides expertise to a variety of clients: from government departments to businesses and third sector organisations. It is responsible for delivering large-scale, quantitative studies such as the Family Resources Survey and Work Employment Relations Study, as well as smaller, sensitive qualitative projects exploring topics such as older people’s attitudes to pensions, together with secondary analysis of studies such as our work with Demos analysing Understanding Society to understand poverty in depth.

He draws on extensive experience managing high-value research projects in his previous role at NatCen as Senior Research Director on the Understanding Society survey, more widely as a client and commissioner at the Department for Communities and Local Government and Department for Work and Pensions and as a leader externally at Renaisi.

Penny Young, Chief Executive of NatCen Social Research, said: “Our Income and Work team delivers some of the UK’s most important employment, skills and income related studies so we are delighted to have someone with Kirby’s research expertise and leadership experience running this significant part of our business.”

Prior to NatCen, Kirby worked at the neighbourhood regeneration social enterprise Renaisi, which he joined after spending a number of years in Government at the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Department for Work and Pensions.

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Contact:

Leigh Marshall 020 7569 8506 / 07828 031850 or leigh.marshall@natcen.ac.uk

Notes to Editors

At NatCen Social Research we believe that social research has the power to make life better. By really understanding the complexity of people's lives and what they think about the issues that affect them, we give the public a powerful and influential role in shaping services that can make a difference to everyone. And as an independent, not for profit organization we're able to focus our time and energy on meeting our clients' needs and delivering social research that works for society. Find out about the work we do by visiting www.natcen.ac.uk