Dr Aveek Bhattacharya joined the SMF as Chief Economist in September 2020. Prior to that, he was Senior Policy Analyst at the Institute of Alcohol Studies, researching and advocating for policies to reduce alcohol-related harm. He has also previously worked for OC&C Strategy Consultants, advising clients across a range of sectors including retail, consumer goods, software and services. Aveek studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at undergraduate level, and has Masterís degrees in Politics (from the University of Oxford) and Social Policy Research (from the London School of Economics). He holds a PhD in Social Policy from the London School of Economics, where his thesis compared secondary school choice in England and Scotland. Aveek is co-editor of the book Political Philosophy in a Pandemic: Routes to a More Just Future.