Meet The Team


Rohan Dronsfield

Rohan is currently in his final year reading Politics, Philosophy and Economics after completing his year abroad at Sciences Po.

His personal research focuses on the societal and economic impacts of new technologies such as artificial intelligence and big data, particularly on political campaigning and democracy. With The Peterloo Institute, Rohan hopes to give students the opportunity to effect positive change in society whilst they develop essential skills in mixed-methods research and policy.

Co-Founder and President

BA Politics, Philosophy & Economics

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Jemima Freudmann

Co-Founder and President

Jemima is in her final year reading Politics and International Relations after a year at Sciences Po, Paris. She is interested in the application of behavioural science to public policy and is keen to utilise this when exploring how abstract notions of identity influence decision-making. With her experiences working in local organisations like Manchester Refugee Support Network, Jemima aims to develop a community-minded Institute where students can gain valuable skills and influence real change.

BSocSc Politics & International Relations


Jamila Lombardo-Dearnaley

Jamila is currently completing their MA in Sociology. Their primary focus is on the impact of environmental change on life courses and day-to-day cultural practices. They are developing their thesis, which will examine climate grief among youth activists and online subcultures. They are also interested in the intersections between sociology, psychology, and public health. At The Peterloo Institute, they hope to develop their administrative skills and gain insight into what makes a think tank run effectively.


MA Sociology

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Judah Moss


Judah is currently in his second year, reading Politics and Criminology.  He is particularly interested in inequality within the justice system and policing, including what effect this has on broader society. In his role, he aims to develop his own skills whilst effectively helping the institution to bring their research into the policy world. He would also like to learn about other facets of the think tank, and learn from the experiences of the other team members.

BASS Politics & Criminology

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Tom Addison

Director of Development

Tom is currently studying for a Master's degree in politics. He obtained a Bachelor's degree in Economics in 2008, and qualified as a chartered accountant in 2012, after which he worked in corporate finance up until starting his Master's degree. Tom's interests include British electoral politics, and the operation and impact of free market systems. Tom hopes to help The Peterloo Institute expand as an organisation, increasing the reach and impact of its research.

MA Politics

Inclusivity & Accessibility 

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Natalie Olembo

Director of Inclusivity & Accessibility

Natalie is currently a final year Philosophy and Politics undergraduate. Outside of her academics she is a mentor for Insight2Uni, which aims to support black students in successfully applying to Russell group universities. Within the Peterloo Institute, she hopes to create a culture where inclusivity and accessibility are central to all the Institute’s pursuits. Moving beyond postcard diversity, she hopes to create an open and welcoming space for all, whether within the Institute or outside of it.

BASS Philosophy & Politics

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Eva Allen Humphry

Inclusivity Officer

Eva is a first year studying Criminology and Quantitative Methods on a BASS course. As an inclusivity officer she hopes to create an accessible and welcoming environment for all people and ideas. Her passion for social justice comes from a background of grassroots campaigning, advocating for a range of issues from housing to the environment and seeing how these groups can shape policies and make them more inclusive.

BASS Criminology and Quantitative Methods

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Lili Chowdhury

Inclusivity Officer

Lili is currently studying a master’s degree in Public Policy. Her own research is focussed on inequality in post-16 education. As an Inclusivity Officer, she hopes to enhance accessibility of all outputs and ensure an inclusive environment within the think tank. She believes The Peterloo Institute can help to widen participation in the policy process for people who have been historically excluded.

MA Public Policy

Communications & Marketing

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Oliver Geraghty

Oliver is currently completing his final year reading History of Art and Film Studies at the University of Manchester. His personal work combines multimedia marketing and digital production, both of which are going into the Institute's online social media strategy. He hopes to bring the think tank model to a more approachable digital output with an increased internet engagement.

Video & Audio Content Producer

BA Film Studies & History of Art


Megan Hadfield

Megan is currently studying her MA in criminology. She graduated from the University of Sheffield with a BA in French, Spanish and Russian. She is particularly interested in the criminalisation and exploitation of homeless EA migrants in Manchester and how research and the input of case workers can inform better policy. She aims to use her website creation skills to create an informative and user-friendly space for people to access. 

Website Manager

MA Criminology



Evan Saunders

Evan is a Politics and French student at the University of Manchester. His personal experiences and education have shown him how our political system has worked for Westminster, Whitehall and Greater London, to the detriment of the rest of the UK. Manchester’s rich history of standing up for people in politics is a source of inspiration for him. As Chief Editor, he hopes to contribute to providing as many perspectives as possible on crucial policy issues.

Chief Editor

BA Politics & French

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Victor Haggard

Victor is currently studying for a Master’s in Politics after completing a BA in French and Management. He has built up both research and editorial experience from his work in think tanks, political associations, and the public affairs industry. As an Editor on the Regional Inequality team, Victor hopes that The Peterloo Institute can be prolific in terms of the depth and quality of its policy proposals.

Editor for Regional Inequality

MA Politics

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Jessica Reid

Jess is in her third year reading Archaeology and Anthropology. Her interests currently involve the impact of the digital divide in education as well as digital communication, an issue which has become more prominent during the course of the pandemic. She is looking into social mobility after university entry as part of the Institute’s focus on regional inequalities. As an editor, Jess also enjoys delving into English lexicography.

Editor for Regional Inequality

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Jack Collicutt

Jack is a third year Politics and International Relations student. He is particularly interested in researching the political economy of housing, and how it relates to wider socio-economic issues. As part of the editorial team, he hopes to help create a system which encourages a diverse range of student voices to get involved in the policy debate, as well as get involved in a little blogging himself

Editor for Regional Inequality

BSocSc Politics & International Relations

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Hui Ying Chia

From Malaysia, Hui is in her first year of studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics. Having grown up in a multicultural environment, she is interested in the intertwining of historical discrimination present within policies and its impacts on today’s people. She hopes to engage with the voices of marginalised people, and amplify these voices within the creation and effects of public policy.

Editor for Structural Racism

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Imogen Cowan

Imogen is a third-year student on the BASS course studying Politics and Philosophy. As an Editor for Structural Racism, she is looking to work with a diverse range of voices on issues of race, intersectionality and social mobility. She is interested in the structural effect of social discourse reproduced by language and stereotypes. She joined The Peterloo Institute to be part of a movement focused on igniting social change.

Editor for Structural Racism



Sophia Steel

Sophia is currently completing a Master's degree in International Relations Research. She is personally interested in researching issues relating to gender. For her, it is important that think tanks researching issues relating to class and race are not elitist and exclusionary in the way they communicate their ideas. As Head of Communications and Marketing, she hopes to help present the Institute's policy research in a way that is as engaging and accessible as possible.

Blog Curator and Editor

MA International Relations

MA International Relations

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Bethany Stansby

Bethany is currently reading Human Rights at Master’s degree level. As Head of Qualitative Education, she aims to empower researchers within the Institute to produce outstanding research that has tangible implications for policy implementation. She is interested in demonstrating how interacting with those affected by structural racism and regional inequality embellishes research efforts and allows for policy outcomes to be in line with the attitudes and needs of those it affects most.  

 Head of Qualitative Education

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Tao Wang

Tao Wang is a doctoral student in Politics at the University of Manchester. His research interests span the fields of political culture, electoral behaviours, and foreign policy, focusing on East Asia. At The Peterloo Institute, Tao co-heads the Quantitative Education department, with the aim of inspiring, educating and advising students to solve pressing issues in the policy world using advanced quantitative methods.

Head of Quantitative Education


Regional Inequality


Yasmin Puran

Yasmin is a Political Economy Masters student who returned to study at the University of Manchester after her undergraduate degree. She is interested in the post-industrial condition of the North, and how capitalist processes such as welfare reform and deindustrialisation produce poverty and inequality in these areas. Using qualitative methods, she aims to channel her passion for communicating the North Western voice into provoking policy research.

 Head of Research

MA Political Economy

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Jack Ford

Jack is currently in his second year of a part-time Master’s in Political Science following a B.A. in History and German and is also currently a Data Analyst at Stockport Council. His research focuses on the intersection between labour and environmental politics, and the possibility of a ‘just transition’. At The Peterloo Institute, Jack hopes to help translate research into concrete proposals that can have a real-world impact, particularly around inequalities, insecure work, and the environment.  

Policy Advisor

MA Political Science

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Emma Price

Emma is a Geography graduate and current Masters student studying for an MSc in Research Methods with International Development. Her primary areas of interest include urban governance, specifically how a 'just' city can be realised through social, political, and economic transformations. My previous research has focused on 'care' and volunteering in Greater Manchester and my skills lie in qualitative methods such as ethnography and interviewing.

Deputy Head of Research

MSc Research Methods & International Development

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Julia is a student of Politics, Philosophy and Economics currently spending her year abroad at Sciences Po Paris. Her focus is on public policy and extreme political behaviours and how they spread in new forms of media. She believes quantitative methods are necessary for research but she supports solutions that are inclusive, paying attention to social and cultural dynamics to not leave anyone behind.

 Julia De Miguel Velázquez

Researcher for Regional Health Inequality

MA Politics, Philosophy & Economics

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Mahroz Azmat

Mahroz is studying MSc Social Research Methods and Statistics, having graduated with a BSoSc in Politics and International Relations. Her research has focused on elections and voting behaviour, in particular how recent British elections can exemplify changes in class and generational voting within the context of the “North-South Divide”. Mahroz aims to utilise her experiences in academic and policy work to create meaningful change for society being skilled in mixed-methods research.

Researcher for Regional Health Inequality

MSc Social Research Methods & Stats

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Anjali Desai

Anjali is a first year Economics student and works as a researcher in the education subsection of the Regional Inequality team. She is particularly interested in development economics in context to education and public health. Through her research at The Peterloo Institute, she hopes to identify ways policymakers can ensure equitable educational outcomes for all students in Greater Manchester.

Researcher for Regional Education Inequality

BSc Economics

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Nicholas Rice

Nick is a final year Politics and International Relations student. Having worked as a tutor at The Tutor Trust during his second year he has developed an interest in educational inequality, particularly for children on Free school meals or living in care. Nick is looking forward to researching and proposing policy that can make a meaningful change for young people in Greater Manchester. 

Researcher for Regional Education Inequality

BSocSc Politics & International Relations

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Joseph Wilson

Joe is a first year undergraduate student in Sociology from Wakefield. He started tutoring in 2019, and this provided him with insight and interest in how regional inequality has seeped into educational institutions in the UK. He is excited to make an impact and help ensure everyone has an equal chance in school during, and after, the pandemic.   

Researcher for Regional Education Inequality

BSocSc Sociology

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Tyler Millington

Tyler is a Master's student currently undertaking an MA in Public Policy and Governance. His background and undergraduate degree are in economics. As he often likes to boast about, he did not fancy a career in finance for the sake of his soul. His research interests revolve around green economics and people empowerment in local economies. He hopes he can bring his enthusiasm and expertise to the Institute and help in the development of insightful economic policy.  

Researcher for Regional Economic Inequality

MA Public Policy & Governance

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Laura Martin

Laura is currently studying for a masters in Peace and Conflict Studies part time, having previously completed her undergrad at Lancaster University in Politics, and spending some time working in Human Resources before coming to Manchester. Her personal area of interest and research is in jobs and the economy, and the role of a good quality job plays in overall quality of life. 

Researcher for Regional Education Inequality

MA Peace & Conflict Studies

Structural Racism

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Ana-Iulia Porumb

Ana is currently pursuing her Masters’ Degree in Security and International Law. She focuses most of her research on how negative attitudes towards minority communities influence radicalisation levels, particularly in cases where these negative attitudes are supported by governments. This research shows the vital role that public policy plays. Ana joined The Peterloo Institute to use her data analysis and research skills to create positive social change by actively participating in the policy world.

Researcher for Structural Racism

MA Security & International Law


Dylan Bhopal-Myers

Dylan is a second year Politics and Philosophy student. He is interested in the ways ideology operates in contemporary society, and how ideology might translate to policy. He would like to incorporate critical race theory into research produced by the Structural Racism team. Dylan aims to develop his research skills, using a diverse range of research methods to create policy ideas.

Researcher for Structural Racism

BASS Politics & Philosophy

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Iman-Rosie Coan

Iman-Rosie is currently in her second year reading Law with Politics. She is particularly interested in structural racism within the criminal justice system. With The Peterloo Institute, she intends to focus her research on the deconstruction of neo-colonial spaces and institutions in contemporary British society. 

Researcher for Structural Racism

LLB Law with Politics

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Isaac Levin Schtulberg

Isaac is a second year Politics and Philosophy student as well as a volunteer and junior writer for Greater Manchester Housing Action. His main interests lie in global governance and the role of race in the Global Political Economy. During his time with The Peterloo Institute, Isaac is eager to contribute to the global struggle against structural racism while developing his research skills.

Researcher for Structural Racism

BASS Politics & Philosophy

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Maeve Carroll

Maeve is currently undertaking a Masters in Sociology after completing her undergraduate earlier on in 2020. Her personal research focuses on the education system and race and racism within the UK. With The Peterloo Institute, Maeve hopes to explore deeper the role that structural racism plays in the education system and through empirical research, develop policy ideas to counteract the impact that this has in society. 

Researcher for Structural Racism

MA Sociology

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Ugonwa Aroh

Ugonwa is an MSc student of Social Research Methods and Statistics. Her principle research focus is on education and policy in the education sector that enhance equity in the society. She also has keen interest in Sustainable Development, creating awareness of the impact of our attitudes on the environment. She is currently a researcher with The Peterloo Institute on structural-racism, its effect on the general community and ways to combat it.

Researcher for Structural Racism

MSc Social Research Methods & Stats