Rosie Cornelius

Head of Analysis and Performance at UKRI

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Head of Analysis and Performance, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
Policy Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy

Rosie is Head of Analysis and Performance at UKRI, the UK’s largest public funder of research and innovation. She leads a multidisciplinary team of around fifty analysts, to provide evidence and analysis to shape policy, strategy and funding decisions and maximise impact on knowledge, the economy and society. This supports every stage in UKRI’s activities, from overarching strategy, to funding decisions by the Councils, to post-award evaluation and use of data.

Prior to her current role, Rosie worked for twelve years at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, on a variety of analytical and policy roles spanning economic, social and environmental policies. Most recently this included leading teams on growth and places analysis, and planning and land use analysis. Highlights include allocating the £5.5bn Housing Infrastructure Fund, setting up a £3.5bn housing guarantee scheme to kick-start the Build-to-Rent sector, designing a successor to the £5bn European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), securing £450m to set up the Troubled Families programme, implementing carbon budgets, and supporting town teams as part of high street regeneration policy.

Rosie joined the civil service and Government Economic Service in 2005 as a European Faststream Economist, spending her first few years on appraisal of domestic and international climate change policies in Defra.

Rosie holds a MSc in Economics from the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (jointly with Universitat Pompeu Fabra), and a degree in Economics and Management from the University of Oxford.

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