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Caroline Macfarland

Caroline was the Managing Director of the ResPublica Trust from January 2012 until March 2013. She joined ResPublica before its launch in November 2009 and played an integral part in its development from a start-up to a leading think tank, working on operations, business development, fundraising and communications strategy. In January 2012 she was appointed as Managing Director by the Board of Trustees.

Caroline studied Politics and Sociology at the University of York and the University of Copenhagen, where she was active in student politics. Prior to joining ResPublica she worked in communications and public relations, and has held a number of roles abroad as well as in the UK. Her interests include mutual and social enterprise, civil society structures, and economic localism. She is co-author of the ResPublica report, Clubbing Together: The hidden wealth of communities, published in July 2012, and has written for various UK and international publications including The Staggers (New Statesman) blog, Total Politics, Politics.co.uk, Welsh Housing Quarterly, the LSE British Politics blog, Ilsussidiario and The Information Daily.

Food poverty: Time to lift the veil?

A century on from Charles Booth’s famous Poverty Map of London, accurate information on poverty has never been more important. So the findings of...

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ResPublica’s Response to the Industrial Strategy White Paper

Following the creation of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in July 2016 and firing the starting gun for a string of sector...

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ResPublica’s Response to the Autumn Budget 2017

The second Budget of 2017 delivered by Philip Hammond following the abolition of the Autumn Statement, was widely trailed as a tight political tightrope for...

Child Protection in the Digital Age

I was delighted when the Government introduced its Digital Economy Bill in the last session which gave effect to the 2015 General Election manifesto commitment...

A stake in it for everyone; why Conservatives should support regulation of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

FOBTs or B2 machines are highly addictive, one way we know this, according to research conducted by the Campaign for Fairer Gambling, is that FOBT...

Championing renewed leadership in governance and business practice

It didn’t get to the point where we saw ‘Save Unilever’ held aloft on placards outside Downing Street, yet there was widespread unease about Kraft’s...

Industrial Strategy: A positive start but more must be done

The Government revealed their industrial strategy this week, with three main aims: Build on our strengths and extend excellence into the future; Close the gap...

Who can give the modern Cathy a home?

It’s 50 years since Ken Loach’s groundbreaking film, Cathy Come Home, documented the inhuman effects of homelessness. Without a home, as his heartbreaking film shows,...

We need a manufacturing resurgence more than ever. How can we bring it about?

There’s been a familiar narrative emerging since Thursday’s vote – this was the left behind white working class getting one over the London-centric political and...