Who's Who

Stephen Anderson

Director, Campaign for Social Science, Board Member
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Stephen is responsible for the Campaign overall. He is also a member of the Campaign Board. Stephen has 25 years leadership experience of business management in financial services, with a history of much improving organisational performance.

Marta Kask

Campaign Manager
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Marta joined the Campaign for Social Science as Campaign Manager in December 2017. Prior to that she managed a list of academic journals and partner relations for Springer Nature, an international academic publisher in New York. She has held a variety of roles in academic publishing and has a MA from University College London and BScEcon from Aberystwyth University, both in Politics.

Sharon Witherspoon MBE FAcSS

Head of Policy
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Sharon is Head of Policy at the Campaign. She was at the Nuffield Foundation, a grant-giving endowed charitable trust, for 19 years, first heading its programmes of social research and social policy, and then for three years as Director. Before that, she was a practicing social researcher at NatCen and the Policy Studies Institute, designing and analysing large-scale social surveys on various topics. She was awarded an MBE for services to social science in 2008, received the British Academy President’s Medal in 2011, and was awarded an honorary doctorate by University College London in 2015 for services to social sciences and law.

Dr Ashley Thomas Lenihan

Senior Policy Adviser
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Ashley is Senior Policy Adviser at the Campaign. She is a Fellow at the Centre for International Studies at the London School of Economics, a Senior Fellow with the Institute for Law, Science, & Global Security at Georgetown University, and has undertaken a variety of consultancy work in the international policy arena over the last five years. She has her Ph.D. in Government, and her B.S. in Foreign Service, from Georgetown University. She works on a range of projects for the Campaign, and has led our work on Brexit and Positive Prospects.

Colin Lorne

Policy Officer
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Colin is Policy Officer at the Academy. He is a geographer with a commitment to placing inter-disciplinary social science inquiry at the heart of policy-making and social transformation. He has a PhD and Undergraduate Masters in Geography, both from the University of Birmingham. He was previously a Research Fellow at the University of Manchester, as well as working on projects at the University of Bristol with the Department for Communities and Local Government, and the University of Birmingham. When not talking about space, politics and policy, he will most likely be found listening to jazz, soul and rocksteady.

Aarti Basnyat

Communications Manager
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Aarti Basnyat is the Communications Manager at the Campaign. She was with the United Nations University - Institute for Environment and Human Security for over three years as their Communications Officer. Among other things, she helped revamp their website and establish their social media presence. Before that Aarti was the Global Communications Officer at ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability. She brings with her extensive experience in media engagement, website management, social media content creation and campaign development. As a former journalist, she possesses excellent writing skills and has a strong interest in topics related to social sciences. Aarti holds a Master in Media Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a diploma in Print Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism and a Bachelor in English Literature (Hons) from St. Stephens' College, Delhi University.