Karen Barker

Senior Researcher

Karen is a senior researcher at NPI, conducting research using quantitative and qualitative methods. Her research interests include housing, gender inequalities and poverty and exclusion. Prior to joining NPI in 2016, Karen worked as a research consultant for nfpSynergy providing insight to charities’ policy and media teams. As part of this, Karen project-managed regular surveys of journalists, MPs and healthcare professionals. Among the bespoke research projects, Karen assisted a leading young people’s charity with setting KPIs based on their new five-year strategy. Karen has also spent year as a teaching assistant at a London primary school where her duties included creating engaging individual lessons for SEN students and supporting SEN students to access mainstream curriculum. She has also been a fundraiser and full-time volunteer for the Simon Community. Karen, who has dual US and UK citizenship, graduated from Haverford College, Pennsylvania with a major in Anthropology and a minor in Psychology. She has an MSc (with merit) in Social Policy and Planning from LSE and an Ordinary Certificate in Statistics from the Royal Statistical Society. She is also conversant in German.

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