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Ms Janice Tripney
Room 302
18 Woburn Square
Tel: 020 7911 5334
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  • Senior Lecturer
  • IOE - Social Research Institute
  • UCL Institute of Education

Janice Tripney is Senior Lecturer in Social Policy in the Department of Social Science, University College London. Her research and teaching converge around an interest in the practice and politics of applying social research, both to understanding social issues and resolving policy problems. She has many years’ experience of conducting systematic reviews and supporting review teams, particularly in the area of education.  Current work includes the use of biographical methods to study early twentieth-century female social scientists and the roots of modern social policies. She is an editorial board member of the London Review of Education, and research engagement and impact lead (with Alison Park) for the Department of Social Science.

Recent presentations:

  • Tripney J, Sutcliffe K, Liabo K (2015) Variations in methods for undertaking systematic reviews: examples from three EPPI-Centre reviews. London Systematic Reviews and Evidence Use Seminars, London. 24 February 2015.
  • Tripney J (2015) Interventions to support employment among disabled adults in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review of the evidence. 3ie-LIDC Seminar Series, London. 25 March 2015.

Research Summary

Current research projects:

  • The Science of Using Science Evidence project (due for completion March 2016): This project will produce a systematic review, policy report and conference to explore what approaches work in enabling the use of research by policy makers, practitioners and members of the public.  This is collaboration between the Wellcome Trust, the What Works Centre for Wellbeing and the Alliance for Useful Evidence, in association with the EPPI-Centre.
  • Building Capacity to Use Research Evidence in South Africa and Malawi: This DFID-funded project is part of the broader Building Capacity to Use Research Evidence (BCURE) programme, which brings together five strategically linked projects, working across twelve different countries to improve decision making processes in order contribute to poverty reduction. The overall aim is to increase the ability of policy makers, practitioners and research intermediaries in the South to use research evidence for decision making.

Teaching Summary

Programme leader for the MSc Social Policy and Social Research
Module leader for Social Policy: Theory, Practice and Research (MSc module)
Other short courses on systematic reviewing and evidence use

Academic Background
2016   ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow University College London
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