The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations (TIHR) is a research, consultancy and training organisation that applies social science ideas and methods to real world problems of policy and practice. A distinctive feature of the Institute’s work is its focus on social, organisational and policy dynamics through a focus on human relationships between organisations. The Institute is particularly known for its expertise in action research, industrial democracy and political and human dynamics in the areas of employment policies, education and training, learning, technology development, partnerships, social capital, local & regional development and health and social welfare.
The Institute has vast experience of working at the European level as well as in national and local contexts. TIHR staff come from a broad cross-section of disciplines, including political science, sociology, economics, psychology, anthropology, psychotherapy, and organisational studies. This profile is consistent with the need to bring a holistic and human-centred approach to bear on the complex, multi-dimensional nature of Fair Trade organisations across Europe. The Institute is also a member of MENON, a European learning innovation network. It publishes two peer-reviewed journals: Evaluation – The International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice – and Human Relations.
Cristina Castellanos, Senior Researcher and Consultant at the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations (UK) and Lecturer on Economic Policy at the Cardenal Cisneros University (Spain), is experienced in the elaboration and management of policy evaluation and research projects, aimed at providing economic and social analysis for policy design and implementation. She introduces a gender perspective into projects related to labour market, economic and social policies, diversity and equal opportunities policies, human resources, and education, at national and EU level.
“Fair Trade entrepreneurs and employees care about a more reasonable distribution of the benefits of interchanging goods and services. I think they need to have supporting and training tools to improve their business and their jobs. I want to contribute to Faire Share, so the project helps them to achieve this goal!”
Kerstin Junge is a principal researcher and consultant at the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations (TIHR) with overall responsibility for leading the Institute’s European workstream. Since completing her PhD in European Politics on the topic of differentiated European integration she has gained 12 years’ experience in comparative social research and evaluation, focusing on European, national and local programmes in the areas of employment, education and skills and social inclusion. In implementing research and evaluation assignments she draws on systems thinking, ideas of structure and agency as well as group and (inter) organisational dynamics.
“The social economy and fair trade are an increasingly important part of European economy. If we are to equip fair trade entrepreneurs with better skills so that they can make use of the opportunities they have we need to be sure that the training tools and methodologies we use work. I look forward to bringing my evaluation expertise to the Fair Share project so we can demonstrate that its tools make a difference.”
David Drabble has been a Researcher and Consultant at the Tavistock Institute for six years and is a sociologist by training, with dissertations on retail capitalism and social capital in ethical food retailers. David has expertise and training on a number of research methods, particularly focussed on the display of quantitative information and the analysis of people in systems. David has an interest in a wide range of subjects and works on both UK-based and European projects, on topics from energy behaviour and information to citizens, to social media and fair trade.
“Fair Share relates to two passions of mine. First, how Fairtraders can help build trust between traders and suppliers, and between traders and the community, building social capital both locally and globally. Second, how the Fairtrade movement offers an alternative modernity, where a competitive race to the bottom is not seen as inevitable.”
Giorgia Iacopini, Senior Researcher at the Tavistock Institute, is an experienced evaluator and consultant at TIHR: she has contributed to a wide range of process and outcome evaluations using theory-based evaluation approaches; qualitative and quantitative research methods and facilitation of learning events. She also brings experience in delivering evaluation training workshops: she was a key consultant in the national workshops on self-evaluation guidance aimed at increasing research and evaluation capacity for local government; has co-facilitated an evaluation by Peer Review, which included support with Theory of Change Mapping and for the Planning Advisory Service. Giorgia has worked for a diverse set of clients including the European Commission, UK government departments and local authorities and is a member of the facilitation team of the UKES London network.
“Fair trade and the social economy are increasingly recognised as having an important role in creating a strong, sustainable, and inclusive society. As an evaluator, I see my work as supporting the creation of a learning environment: Fair Share, for me, is therefore about working closely with partners and stakeholders to generate learning and a deeper understanding of what is needed in order to support the improvement and sustainability of the fair trade sector in Europe.”