Diversity & Inclusion Steering Group

The Diversity and Inclusion Network has a Steering Group to help facilitate the network. It is made up of representatives from different sectors and aspects of diversity. Currently we have the following members (this is subject to development and change):


Prof Stefania Paredes Fuentes

RES Diversity Champion

Stefania (she/her) is Principal Teaching Fellow in Economics and EDI Co-Lead for the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Southampton. Stefania is interested in Economics Education and works on increasing diversity in the discipline. She has been involved in various outreach and widening participation initiatives. Stefania is also Senior Associate and member of the Executive Board of the Economics Network and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Tom Aldred

Co-opted Trustee

Tom (he/him) is Deputy Director of the Government Economic and Social Research team at HM Treasury. Tom joined the Government Economic Service in 2003 and previous roles include leading the Treasury’s review of the Green Book and a spell at UKGI, the UK Government’s centre of excellence on corporate governance. Tom is also a School Governor.

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Nuha Bazeer

Economic Analyst, the Health Foundation

Nuha (she/her) is an Economic Analyst at the Health Foundation. She has an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Birmingham, and an MSc in Health Policy, Planning and Financing from LSE and LSHTM. She has worked as a Health Research Consultant for the LSE Department of Health Policy, a Senior Editor of the LSE Journal of Health Policy and Economics, and a Business Intelligence analyst for NHS England. She is interested in the health workforce, productivity and technology.


Prof Jo Blanden

Council member (until 2027) and Member of Women’s Committee

Jo (she/her) is Professor of Economics at the University of Surrey where she has worked since completing her PhD in Economics at UCL in 2005. She is a Research Associate at the Centre for Economic Performance, LSE. Her research focuses on intergenerational mobility and related issues in the Economics of Education, including Early Years and the recent disruptions to education from the pandemic. She regularly provides advice to Government and she is a member of the ESRC peer review college.

Conrad Copeland

Co-opted Trustee

Conrad (he/him) currently works at the Office for Budget Responsibility, leading on economic forecasts for the devolved nations of the UK. Previously he has worked as a researcher and instructor at the University of Toronto, University of Oxford, University of Bristol, and UCL. Conrad received his Economics PhD in 2021 from the University of Bristol and his research interests include international economics, trade, and economic history.

Shoumeli Das

Doctoral candidate in Economics, University of Liverpool

Shoumeli (she/her) is a doctoral candidate in Economics at the University of Liverpool. She has worked with UN agencies, governments, public policy think tanks and media organisations in India for over nine years on gender justice and child development. She received the Chevening Award in 2016-17 for an MSc in Development Studies from LSE. Her research is in applied microeconomics with a focus on gender, labour and development.


Marie-Luiza De Menezes

Member Operations Director, RES

Marie-Luiza (she/her) oversees the development and delivery of the Society’s key programmes for its members and potential members. She is staff strategic lead on Diversity and on the Education & Training, Women’s and Conference Committees. She has overall responsibility for the events, finance, elections, grants and CRM/CMS functions. Marie-Luiza has an extensive background as a senior manager within the charity sector specialising in new projects around organisational change and workforce development.

Jacques Levene

Diversity & Inclusion Lead, GESR

Jacques (he/him) is the Diversity and Inclusion Lead at the Government Economic Social Research Team. Jacques worked in HMPPS, both in prisons and headquarters for the last 24 years with a background in Operational delivery, Business delivery, and D&I. His most recent role was as Head of Business Assurance and Head of Equalities for the Feltham Prison cluster. Between 2010 and 2015, Jacques was chair of the HMPPS LGBT+ network. He then became a National Equalities manager.

Joanna McGowan

Senior Economist, GESR

Joanna (she/her) is the Strategy, Project and Board Secretariat lead within the Government Economics and Social Research Team in HMT. She leads the team who work with both members and leaders to deliver the GES and GSR strategies across government. She joined HMT in June 2021 after a 21 year career as a development economist in DFID then FCDO, in the UK and internationally including work in Bangladesh, being part of the Chief Economist’s team and Head of Profession for Economics.

Sam McLoughlin

Senior Campaign Manager, Discover Economics

Sam (he/him) is Senior Campaign Manager for Discover Economics, working to attract the brightest and best students to the subject irrespective of their background. He holds a BA in Economics from Newcastle University and has previously worked in the charitable sector, a secondary school and at an EdTech organisation. He is a Non Executive Director for the Linskill and North Tyneside Community Development Trust, a school governor and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Dario Sansone

Lecturer, University of Exeter Economics 

Dario (he/him) is a Lecturer in the Department of Economics at the University of Exeter in the UK. He is also a Research Affiliate at IZA, and a co-founder of the European Committee for LGBTQ+ Economists. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Georgetown University. He then worked as a Postdoctoral Scholar at Vanderbilt University. He is an applied microeconomist with interests in LGBTQ issues, Machine Learning, Gender, and Education.

Get in touch

For further information on the work of the committee or if you have any related issues please contact Victoria Parkinson (ProgrammesOfficer@res.org.uk)