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Richard Sagar

Senior Policy and Projects Officer

Richard joined ResPublica in June 2014, having previously worked for environmental NGOs and trade associations. Prior to that he was a postgraduate in philosophy, with a particular interest in the philosophy of cognitive science, epistemology and the philosophy of religion. If you are having trouble sleeping, his Mphil thesis is available here.

He has a keen interest in the opportunities presented by community energy in moving towards the collaborative commons, and is strongly in favour of evidence based energy and climate change policy.

In his previous roles, he has taken part in panel debates at the EU parliament in Strasbourg, attended the COP 19 UN climate talks, and took part in the ‘Climate KIC Pioneers- into Practice’ scheme at EIT+ in Wroclaw, Poland.

Currently, he is busy getting his hands dirty with a community renewable energy project. He is a struggling vegan, and a big fan of Saul Bellow, Tom Wolfe and James Fenton.

The Disraeli Room
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...

The Disraeli Room
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...

The economic impacts of a Brexit would make us more, not less, reliant on other countries

Yesterday’s letter from Ford to its employees was the latest chapter in the economic debate on Britain’s EU membership, which has largely focused on the...