Rebecca Fairbairn is joint head of Data and Infrastructure. She is responsible for our longstanding, world class, portfolio of longitudinal studies and the shape and sustainability of that portfolio into the future. She moved to this role in spring 2016 following three years as head of Knowledge Exchange, where she led the redevelopment of policy for knowledge exchange and impact, transforming the ESRC's approach to one in which this activity is embedded across the whole of our remit.
Rebecca oversees our engagement with policy related to data for research, and the impact of ESRC’s data infrastructure, including its linkage with industry.
Rebecca's career has focused on the UK research councils and Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In 2008 Rebecca went to New Delhi to develop the strategy, and set up the operations, for the RCUK Office in India, with its first Director. She then moved to Bangalore with the FCO as Deputy Head of Mission at the British Deputy High Commission. She has also advised the UK government on strategic opportunities for the UK knowledge base in Latin America.