In this role she will be responsible for DEFRA’s evaluation of policy. Up to now Ulrike has been the Head of the team leading on appraisal and evaluation methodology in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). In this role she joined the evaluation society and participated actively in the UKES conferences by organising a panel discussion about the role of evaluation in policy making and giving a presentation on a key BIS evaluation. Previously Ulrike has been the Chief Economist at the Health and Safety Executive where she shared responsibility for evaluations with the Head of Social Research. One of her main pieces of work in this role was an assessment of the overall impact of the HSE’s activity on the UK economy. From HSE Ulrike moved to DECC where she led the analysis and impact assessment of the Renewable Energy Strategy. Ulrike holds a PhD in Economics from Sussex University, an MA in European Studies from the Central European University and an MA from Sussex. Her first degree is in Economics from the University of Bonn. Her main objective as a member of the UKES council will be to enhance the role of impact evaluation in decision making.
Dr Ulrike Hotopp is the Chief Economist and Director for Analysis for DEFRA.