Andi Fugard (they/them) is Deputy Director of our Centre for Evaluation. They have over a decade of experience in social research, including randomised controlled trials, quasi-experimental designs, and qualitative research, primarily in mental health and school settings.
Before joining NatCen in January 2021, Andi was a Senior Lecturer and Programme Director in social science research methods at Birkbeck, University of London (2017–2020), and Lecturer in research methods at University College London (2013–2017). At the Anna Freud Centre (2011–2013), they led analyses of national mental health treatment outcomes. Prior to that, they were a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Salzburg, Austria (2008–2011), where they investigated probabilistic models of how people reason.
Andi holds a PhD in the psychology of reasoning (2009) and MSc (2005) in Neuroinformatics (neuroscience and computational modelling), both from the University of Edinburgh. They originally trained in computer science at Queen’s University Belfast (BEng, 2002).