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Ian Forbes


Professional Experience

The More To Life Foundation, 2010-current

Vice-Chair, International Board

British Red Cross, 2007-current


  • Chair, External Advisory Group
  • Evaluator and Evaluation Trainer
  • President, Nottinghamshire Branch, 2007-2013

fig one solutions, 2005-current


  • Expert Evaluator, for the European Commission's Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

  • Social Science Consultant to the Royal Academy of Engineering's working group on Privacy and Surveillance, 2005-2009

  • Evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution, and the Home Affairs Select Committee, highlighting significant risks to privacy, identity and security, 2008

  • Member of The Projectionist Advisory Group for the Y Touring Theatre Co

    University of Nottingham, 2005-current

    Academic Posts

    Professor of Politics, University of Nottingham,1996-2005

    • Head of School; Member, School Management Group
    • Author/Editor of four books, 18 articles, 20 chapters, and four reports
    • Chair, University Teaching Quality Audit Committee
    • Specialisms: privacy, knowledge translation, health inequalities, equal opportunities, diversity, public policy, biorisk, cctv

    Universities of East Anglia and Southampton, 1981-9

    • Lecturer, rising to Senior Lecturer in Politics

    Honours and Distinctions

    • Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences, 2002-
    • Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, 2001-
    • Political Studies Association Prize for Best PhD Dissertation, 1988

    Professional Associations

    Academy of Social Sciences

    • Founder Chair of the Council: 1999-2005

    • Responsible for implementing the Academy's first 5-Year Strategic Plan

    • Executive responsibility for budgets, accounts and human resources

    • Promoted the Academy to a wide range of audiences

    • Chaired the Nominations Committee for the election of Academicians

    • Initiated the Commission on the Future of the Social Sciences

    • Consulted with members of government, its departments, agencies and officers

    • Edited the Social Science Bulletin

    Political Studies Association of the UK

    • Life Vice-President: 2002-
    • Chair of the Executive Committee: 1996-99
    • Member of the Executive: 1990-96
    • Executive Director (Part-time): 1985-90

     Association of Learned Societies in the Social Sciences (ALSISS)

    • Chair of Executive Committee: 1997-01

     European Thematic Network of Political Science, 1997-1999

    • Founder Member

    Other Voluntary Service 

    • Southampton Council for Community Service, 1993-96
      • Member, and then Chair of Council

     Other activities

    • Advisory Panel, Nuffield Foundation’s project on University Research Ethics Committees, 2003-4
    • For the Economic and Social Research Council, 2000-05
      • Member of the Research College
      • Consultancy Reports to ESRC Board on Research Strategy, and on New Directions
      • Evaluator for 2 Priority Themes
    • Political commentary for BBC, ITV, Channel 4, ABC and NBC television and radio

     Higher Education


    University of East Anglia, 1979-85

    • PhD in Politics

    Adelaide University, 1973-78

    • M Arts in Politics, by dissertation
    • B Arts, (Hons), Politics, First Class
    • B Arts, Politics and Economics


    Selected Reports, Consultations, Publications & Conference Papers


    Reports and Consultations

    Dilemmas of Privacy and Surveillance: Challenges of Technological Change, (co-author), Royal Academy of Engineering, London, March 2007, 60 pp.

    Future Priorities for the Economic and Social Research Council: Recommendations and Observations of the Members of the Academy of Social Sciences. I Forbes, D Abrams, and C Roberts, 2004, Academy of Social Sciences, London, 18pp.

    A Road Map of International Social Science. I Forbes and D Abrams, 2003, Academy of Social Sciences, London, 30 pp.

    Cutting Edge Social Science.  I Forbes, 2003, Consultation Report for the ESRC, Academy of Social Sciences, London, 36 pp.

    Measure for Measure: A Comparative Analysis of Measures to Combat Racial Discrimination in the Member Countries of the European Community. I Forbes and G Mead, Equal Opportunities Studies Group & the Employment Department, Research Series No 1, 1992, 82pp.



    Health Inequalities: Poverty and Policy, ed I Forbes, Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences, 2000, 70 pages.

    International Relations, Political Theory and the Ethics of Intervention, ed I Forbes and M Hoffman, Macmillan, 1993, 249p.

    Marx and the New Individual, Unwin Hyman, June 1990, 247 pages.

    Politics and Human Nature, ed I Forbes and S Smith, Pinter, 1983, 198 pages.


    Articles and chapters

    ‘Knowledge Transfer and the Biopharmaceutical Innovation System in Taiwan', Shih-Hsin Chen, Ian Forbes and Paul Martin, in Innovation Systems and Capabilities in Developing Regions, Ashgate, 2012.

    'Corporate-led Sustainable Development and Energy Poverty Alleviation at the Bottom of the Pyramid: the Case of the CleanCook in Nigeria', Temilade Sesan, Sujatha Raman, Mike Clifford, Ian Forbes, world Development, 2012.

    'States of Uncertainty: Governing the Empire of Biotechnology’, New Genetics and Society, 25/1, April 2006, pp 69-88.

    ‘International Social Science Research: Craft Industry or Baby Behemoth?’ (with D Abrams) International Social Science Journal, Vol 56, Issue 180, June 2004, pp 227-244.

    ‘Making a Crisis out of a Drama: The Political Analysis of the BSE Episode in the UK, Political Studies, Vol 52/2, June 2004, pp 342-357.

    ‘Perceptions of Cutting Edge Research in UK Social Science’, in Innovation: European Journal of Social Science Research, Sept 2003, pp 271-292.

    ‘The Political Meanings of the Equal Opportunities Project’, in The Changing Politics of Gender Equality in Britain, ed E Breitenbach, A Brown, F Mackay and J Webb (London: Palgrave 2002), pp 20-44.

    ‘Debating the Evidence for Policy Action’, in Health Inequalities: Poverty and Policy, ed I Forbes, Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences, 2000, pp 1-12.

     ‘The privatisation of equality policy in the British employment market for women’ in Gardiner, F. ed. Sex Equality Policy in Western Europe (London: Routledge, 1997), pp 161-179.

    Forbes, I. ‘British Sex Equality Policy’ Parliamentary Affairs (1996) 49:1 143-60; also published in Lovenduski, J. and Norris, P. Women in Politics (Oxford: University Press, 1996) 145-62.

    ‘Institutionalising Anti-Discrimination in Europe’, in Racism, Ethnicity and Politics in Contemporary Europe, ed E Hargreaves and J Leaman, Edward Elgar, 1995, pp 192-209.

     ‘Conservative, Liberal and Radical Critiques of Equal Opportunity’, in Equality Politics and Gender, E Meehan and S Sevenhuijsen (eds), Sage, 1991, pp 17-35.

     ‘Unequal Partners: The Implementation of Equal Opportunities Policies in Western Europe’, Public Administration, Vol 67 Spring 1989, pp 19-38.

    Conference Papers and Public Lectures

    Happiness for Grown-Ups: Choice, Compulsion or Confidence Trick? British Red Cross Annual Lecture, Corpus Christi College, Oxford, September 2011.

    Breeding better stoves: a participatory approach to provide sustainable energy solutions, UK-India Workshop, Nottingham, September 2009 (with M Clifford, S Raman, R Wilson, S Pickering, H Burnham-Slipper, J Chaney, T Agbaje, E Griffiths, G Bandak, H Franklin & C Dawkes).

    Humanitarian Education: Making a Universal Principle Universally Practical, World Public Forum, ‘Dialogue of Civilizations’, Rhodes, October 2008.

    CCTV, Trust & Reciprocity, Y Touring Theatre Company, London, June 2007.

    Dilemmas of Digital Identity, Digital Identity Forum, London, November 2007.

    Privacy & Surveillance: Challenges and Dilemmas,Westminster Forum, London, July 2007.