Jonathan Grant

Contributing Editor, Wonkhe


Jonathan is founding Director of Different Angles Ltd, a consultancy that focuses on the social impact of universities and research. His main interests are in biomedical and health R&D policy, research impact assessment, the use of research and evidence in policy and decision-taking, and the social purpose of universities in the 21st century. Jonathan has significant international experience, having helped formulate and implement R&D and other strategies in, for example, the UK, Greece, Norway, Qatar, Oman, Abu Dhabi, Australia, Canada and the USA.

Jonathan joined King’s College London, as professor of public policy, in 2014 to set up the Policy Institute at King’s, and was its Director until 2017, when he stepped down to “hold the pen” on developing King’s strategic vision 2029. He then was appointed Vice President & Vice Principal (Service). Service is King’s award-winning and unique commitment to social responsibility and covers a range of activities including social reform, research impact, service-led learning, volunteering, and environment sustainability. It is one of King’s five strategic priorities and encapsulates King’s commitment to society beyond education and research.

Jonathan is a senior advisor to Researchfish, a data platform that captures research impact from funded grants, and a Research Fellow at RAND Europe, a public policy think tank and an associate of the Nous Group, an international management consultancy. He is also a Trustee of the Association of Medical Research Charities.

Prior to joining King’s, Jonathan was President of RAND Europe between June 2006 and October 2012, where he oversaw the doubling of the organisation’s activity in Europe and the establishment of the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research, a joint venture with the University of Cambridge.  Before joining RAND in 2002, he was Head of Policy at the Wellcome Trust.

Jonathan’s book, The New Power University.  The social purpose of higher education in the 21st century, was published by Pearson in March 2021.