Tom Barker is Senior Health and Nutrition Convenor at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS). Tom has 14 years’ experience working in knowledge brokering, research communication, policy engagement, and parliamentary influencing in the UK health and international development policy arenas. Tom manages a portfolio of health and nutrition projects working in Sub- Saharan Africa and Asia, including Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, China, India and Bangladesh.
Previously Tom managed a research knowledge brokering network for the UK National Institute for Health Research Health Services and Delivery Research Programme; facilitated engagements with the UK Parliament for the NHS Confederation, a membership body for NHS organisations, and ran the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Primary Care and Public Health. Tom has an MSc Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.