Rakhee Patel

BA, MSt, MSc

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Principal Research Fellow


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Rakhee joined IES as a principal research fellow in 2018. She has over ten years' experience of applied research into education, employment and health policy. Rakhee has led mixed-methods projects for national and local government, government agencies and third sector organisations. Key clients she has worked for include the Department for Work and Pensions, Department for Education, Education Endowment Foundation, Department for Health, the Big Lottery Fund and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills. Rakhee is an experienced project manager, skilled at leading research projects from inception through to dissemination.

Her research interests are wide-ranging and include health and work, early education, child maintenance and support for young people not in education, employment and training. Rakhee has a particular interest in process evaluations.


2005 Open University MSc, Educational Research Methods
2004 St John's College, University of Oxford MSt, European Literature
2002 Nottingham University BA, French and Hispanic Studies


2015-2018 Research Director, NatCen Social Research
2010-2015 Senior Consultant, ICF International
2008-2010 Consultant, ICF International
2007-2008 International Programmes Officer, London Metropolitan University
2005-2007 Publications Coordinator, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
2002-2004 Research Assistant, Faculty of Education, Open University

Research publications