Ash Patel

Head of Research (Inclusion)

Ash joined Inclusion at the end of 2014. For over a decade he has been an empirical social researcher delivering strategic policy relevant research to a range of customers within central government, non-departmental public bodies, and the not-for-profit sector. He brings experience in developing and delivering complex mixed-methods projects, and is familiar with both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.

Ash has particular experience of carrying out research across a range of population groups, from hard to reach and vulnerable groups through to highly specialised professionals.

Prior to joining Inclusion, Ash was a social researcher at the Legal Services Research Centre (LSRC) and more latterly at the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), overseeing and managing a diverse portfolio of projects. He has provided consultancy and analytical services to clients including the Money Advice Trust, Citizens Advice, Commission for Rural Communities, and Youth Access.

Ash's research interests span access and accessibility, social policy, knowledge and capability, local and small area needs modelling, and decision making. He has considerable experience of issues related to social exclusion and has participated in a number of research projects specifically concerning this area. These include research exploring the link between over-indebtedness and social disadvantage, the role of geography/social isolation on inequalities, and the impact of remote delivery of housing and homelessness advice on service quality.

As well as project reports, Ash's research has been published in peer-reviewed academic journals and has also been presented at conferences within the UK and internationally. His work has been recognised both domestically and internationally for its strategic and policy relevance in the social justice field.