Dr Clare Lally is the Social Sciences Lead Adviser in POST.

I’m grateful to have fantastic mentors, who have encouraged me to pursue opportunities that I may not have otherwise thought were for me. This included completing a PhD and applying for a fellowship at UK Parliament.

I first joined POST as a PhD Fellow in 2020. I researched a briefing on online extremism, which involved eye-opening conversations with a wide range of stakeholders. Later, I produced rapid response briefings during the COVID-19 pandemic, where I witnessed first-hand the role of research in policymaking during a fast-evolving and unprecedented global emergency.

In 2022, I returned to POST as the Biological Sciences and Health Adviser. After six months, I moved to my current role as Social Sciences Lead Adviser.

I oversee the work programme of the social sciences section, which summarises research evidence for topics including education, crime and justice, and health and social care. We also provide expertise on how social science methods can inform parliamentary scrutiny and evidence analysis.

I love the welcoming and collaborative research culture in Parliament. My favourite parts of my job are working across lots of interesting topics. I also enjoy mentoring early-career researchers and facilitating real-world impact by making research and evidence accessible to policymakers.

Parliament can seem intimidating, and demystifying it is so important to ensure our research teams represent a diverse range of backgrounds and expertise. If you’re interested in what we do, please do get in contact! We’ve got lots of suggestions for how to get involved.

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