Vanna Aldin

Chief Economist and Lead Analyst - Business Strategy at Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

Chief Economist and Lead Analyst - Business Strategy, Department for Work and Pensions
Continuing Policy Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy

Vanna is Chief Economist and Lead Analyst in Business Strategy at the Department for Work and Pensions. She leads a multi-disciplinary team of analysts and is responsible for developing the evidence and analysis underpinning the departmental vision 2025 and supporting the Executive Team in its Strategic Design Authority role.
Vanna is an economist with over 20 years' experience in leading multidisciplinary teams and managing complex portfolios of analytical work covering a wide range of economic and policy areas.

Until June 2021 she was Chief Economist and Head of Analytics at the Food Standards Agency. She led on improving the overall analytical capability of the department by focussing on innovation and evidence development, including the use of new techniques and approaches (including data science, behavioural science, and decision science) and in engaging with academics and external experts to build high quality evidence into the policy making process.

Vanna also worked for eight years at the Home Office, mostly on immigration policy and labour and skill shortage as Head of Economics and Research for the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC). She built an international reputation for the MAC, engaging with senior officials in several countries and international organisations (including World Bank, OECD, IOM).

She started her career in the civil service as an economist at the Office for National Statistics leading on development work to improve the measurements of GDP in real prices, outputs of public services and UK productivity.

  • 6 June 2023, 10am

    2023 CSaP Annual Conference: Science, evidence and public policy – the role of research in policymaking

    CSaP's 2023 Annual Conference will cover topics such as economic growth and productivity; innovation and societal challenges; learning lessons from the Covid-19 pandemic; behaviour change in health; climate & resilience; and decarbonisation and energy transition.

  • 21 October 2021, 3pm

    CSaP annual meeting & reception 2021

    On 21 October 2021, CSaP hosted its first in-person networking event since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The annual meeting and reception, held at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London, provided an opportunity for 115 public policy professionals, industry leaders, and researchers to meet and share their experiences to improve decision-making.