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Jonathan Grant

Different Angles
Director
Jonathan's personal interests are in biomedical and health R&D policy, research impact assessment, the use of research and evidence in policy and decision-taking, and the social purpose of universities in the 21st century. He is passionate about coupling creative thinking with in-depth analysis to challenge existing assumptions and orthodoxies, generating new insights, and stimulating productive debate.  He has significant international experience, having helped formulate and implement R&D and other strategies in, for example, the UK, Greece, Norway, Qatar, Oman, Australia, Canada and the USA.

Jonathan has founded Different Angles, a boutique platform with a distinctive focus on the social impact of universities and research. Prior to this he was Vice President & Vice Principal (Service) at King’s College London. Service is King's award-winning and unique commitment to social responsibility and covers a range of activities including social reform, research impact, service-led learning, volunteering, and environmental sustainability.

Jonathan joined King's, as professor of public policy, in 2014 to set up the ground-breaking Policy Institute at King’s, and was its Director until 2017, when he stepped down to 'hold the pen' on developing King's Strategic Vision 2029. He continues to collaborate with colleagues from the Policy Institute on several research projects.

Prior to joining King’s, Jonathan was President of RAND Europe between June 2006 and October 2012, where he oversaw the doubling of the organisation's activity in Europe and the establishment of the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research, a joint venture with the University of Cambridge. Before joining RAND in 2002, he was Head of Policy at the Wellcome Trust.
Jonathan’s new book, The New Power University: The social purpose of higher education in the 21st century, was published by Pearson in February 2021.


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