Becky Ioppolo is an Affiliated Researcher at the Bennett Institute for Public Policy. She is interested in understanding the characteristics of high performing research environments, particularly in universities. Currently, she is working on the QR Project which aims to understand the value of UK universities’ discretionary funds (block grants) for research purposes and how these discretionary funds complement targeted grant funding.
Previously, Becky worked at RAND Europe where she contributed to studies for UK and EU government entities and charities on science and innovation policy – evaluating academic research impact and understanding the patterns of international mobility in science. She also conducted research studying the socioeconomic impacts of emerging technologies, such as autonomous transport vehicles.
Before arriving in the UK, Becky worked at the National Governors Association in Washington, DC, where she coordinated roundtables for state officials to share best practices on the use of public-private partnerships for financing infrastructure. More recently she has worked within the state government of Western Australia on science and innovation policy and also as a research administrator at The University of Western Australia.
Becky holds a BA in Environmental Studies from Earlham College and an MSc in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University. Her master’s capstone project examined the US federal government’s management of cybersecurity.