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Anthony Painter

Anthony Painter

Chief Research & Impact Officer (CRIO)

Anthony leads the Action and Research Centre and its work around the three change aims – creativity, learning and development; economy, enterprise and manufacturing; and public services and communities. He oversees our research, policy and practical innovation in ARC.

His own work focuses on a range of policy issues including the impact of new technology on the economy and society, reform to welfare, work, learning and skills, and reform to public services and a range of public institutions. 

He previously directed the Independent Review of the Police Federation and has also worked in partnership with Google, the BBC, the BMA, the Education and Training Foundation, the Association of Colleges and the Metropolitan Police. He is author of three books, most recently 'Left without a future? Social Justice in anxious times' and has written a number of very high impact policy and research reports such as “Creative citizen, creative state: the principled and pragmatic case for a Universal Basic Income”, “The New Digital Learning Age”, “The Fear and Hope Report”, and "Democratic Stress, the populist signal, and the extremist threat". He regularly appears in national and international media and presents at high profile conferences in the UK, Europe, and the US.

Outside of the RSA, Anthony is an FE Governor and charity Trustee.

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