Imogen Farhan

Researcher

I joined Reform in October 2018 with a strong interest in social policy and excited to tackle a range of issues at the top of our national agenda. Prior to Reform, I worked on policy and public affairs at IPSE, an organisation that advocates on behalf of the self-employed. At IPSE I was able to work on issues ranging from the ever-growing gig economy, to new challenges to social security, and the future of fulfilling work in a digital age. I have also worked as a Communications Manager for an affordable housing social enterprise, where I was able to dive into the debate on the UK’s housing crisis.

I have an MA in International Relations from the University of St Andrews, and an MSc in Inclusive Development from King’s College London. My MSc research focussed on how careful policymaking can enable social mobility, and emphasised the crucial role of women’s empowerment. It seems that traditional policy responses to social problems are no longer working in wide range of areas; and it is my hope that evidence-based innovation can be more widely adopted.

On a personal note, I am an avid traveller; and I have lived in Vietnam, Switzerland, and Canada. I am most at home outdoors and can often be found at the weekend in one of London’s parks, pointing out each and every dog that passes by (the labradoodles are best).

My favourite reformer is… Eleanor Roosevelt, for being the driving force behind the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Most likely to say? “Wow, did you see that Golden retriever-Dalmachshund-terrier-cross?”

Areas of interest

  • Welfare
  • Social mobility
  • Education
  • Equality
  • The future of work

Contact: imogen.farhan@reform.uk

Twitter: @imogenfarhan