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Jon Foster

Jon joined IAS in 2014 and has worked on a wide range of topics, including alcohol's relationship with domestic violence, health inequalities, and its impact on the emergency services. His main area of expertise is alcohol licensing; he is currently conducting a large scale research project into the 2003 Licensing Act. Jon has spoken on the subject at a number of conferences, events and debates, including those run by the National Police Chiefs' Council, the Institute of Licensing and the Global Alcohol Policy Alliance.

Jon joined IAS from Sense, the national deafblind charity, where he worked on disability benefits and special educational needs. Before that he worked for an MP running election campaigns, including a successful campaign at the 2010 General Election. Jon studied Social Sciences at Durham University and has a MSc in Sociology and Social Policy from Southampton University, which he passed with Distinction. He also represented the Great Britain Under 23 Rowing Team at two World Championships, and is a former winner at Henley Royal Regatta.