LONDON – November 20th 2012 – Leading UK social research agency Kantar Public has today announced a new Centre for International Development Research led by Desiree Lopez, who recently joined the agency as Senior Director.

Earlier this year, Kantar Public was appointed to the roster of research agencies for the Department for International Development, and has worked for a number of high profile clients in the fields of international social research and governance. The Centre draws on the expertise that TNS has across the globe, and in particular, is working in close collaboration with the social research team in TNS Africa.

Dr Michelle Harrison, who heads up Kantar Public, and who has a background in academic research on international development issues, said: “With the global social research expertise afforded to us within TNS, and the appointment of Desiree to the team this year, we are now in a position to develop further as a centre of excellence in international development research.”

Desiree Lopez says ‘I am delighted to lead The Centre for International Development Research. We will work with a highly esteemed group of academic and policy partners to conduct social research into vital development issues, aiming to bring about policy change on an international level. The Centre will utilise methodological expertise from across Kantar Public, as well as our sincere desire to bring about positive change through effective evidence based policy and practice’.

Melissa Baker, who heads up social research across TNS Africa and the Middle East, says: “We have been working for many years on social research in Africa on a range of formative and evaluative research to help meet challenges such as poverty reduction, health and agriculture.

“The Centre will give a new focus for our already strong partnership with Kantar Public to build pan-global teams to bring TNS’s immense expertise to bear to bring maximum benefit to our clients.”

The Centre for International Development Research will bring leading edge technologies in mobile communications to research specialisms including public communications and policy evaluation. It will also link UK- based development agencies and TNS teams around the world, ensuring the combination of methodological excellence with local expertise in fieldwork.

About Kantar Public
Kantar Public is a leading provider of specialist social research, offering insight into public policy to government and not-for-profit clients. Delivering a range of approaches including bespoke proprietary research and public affairs, random probability survey capabilities, as well as social marketing and polling, Kantar Public is the largest commercial provider of social research and insight to Whitehall. Kantar Public is part of the TNS group.

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