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Helen Tilley

Dr Helen Tilley

Senior Research Fellow, Wales Centre for Public Policy

Cardiff Business School


Helen Tilley is a Senior Research Fellow at the Wales Centre for Public Policy and leads the Centre’s Economy, Decarbonisation and Skills programme. Her research interests include political economy; the politics of research and evidence uptake; and the economic growth and productivity challenges facing Wales as it moves to net zero.

Helen has worked extensively in international development in Africa and Asia; with governments and donors including DFID, the World Bank, the European Commission and UN agencies. Her work has focused on building central and local government capacity to use evidence in policy formulation; to manage public finances and implement budgetary reforms; and to develop public policies in areas including climate, education, health, economic growth and poverty reduction. Helen has experience of leading teams of researchers; facilitating workshops; and developing and applying analytical frameworks and evaluation and learning methodologies.

Helen holds a PhD and an MSc in Economics from SOAS, and a BA in Economics from the University of Cambridge.