Jude England joined the British Library as Head of Social Science in September 2006. The Library plays a major role in supporting the UK’s research infrastructure; Jude is responsible for leading the development and implementation of information, resources and services to the users, producers and commissioners of social science research.
Before joining the Library, Jude’s career was spent in research and consultancy, specialising in qualitative social policy research and employee relations consultancy. Her career started at the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys (now the Office of National Statistics); includes time as a researcher in the higher education sector – at LSE and the University of York (as an Associate Research Fellow); in government – at ACAS; and in the not-for-profit sector – at Social and Community Planning Research (now NatCen), as well as in private sector consultancy. Most recently Jude worked as an Associate Director with a private sector public policy research consultancy house - ECOTEC Research and Consulting Ltd. With ECOTEC, Jude specialized in research on social policy issues.
Jude has a degree in Sociology from the University of York, and an Msc in Sociology with Politics from Birkbeck College, University of London. Jude was conferred as an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences in May 2010.
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