Who We Are

PolicyScribe is a policy research consultancy that combines the methodological rigour of world-class academic research with the crystal clear analysis of a policy think-tank.

We are a consortium of independent social science researchers and policy analysts with expertise in a variety of social and public policy areas, including education, health care, migration and migrant integration, constitutional policy, refugee policy, European policies, gender equality and human rights. We are skilled in a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods, analytical frameworks and social science methodologies, and we have a strong track record of producing rigorous, timely and relevant policy research.

Eve Hepburn, Director

Dr Eve Hepburn founded PolicyScribe in 2017 after spending fifteen years in academia. She has held positions at world-leading universities throughout Europe and North America, and was most recently Senior LectureEve Hepburnr in Politics at the University of Edinburgh. Eve has authored nine books and over 40 refereed journal articles on devolved policy-making, European integration and immigration in the UK, Europe and North America. She has also provided policy advice and consultancy to a range of organisations including the Scottish Parliament, UK Parliament, Canadian Government, Sardinian Government, Aland Parliament, Scottish Funding Council, the BBC and Glasgow City Council. She is Founding Director of Fearless Femme CIC, Associate of 3rd Horizons, Co-Director (non-executive) of WomenBeing CIC, Trustee of the Articulate Hub Cultural Trust, and Associate Editor of Scottish Affairs. Eve undertakes comparative social science research and policy analysis using a range of qualitative and quantitative methods, with a key focus on comparative research and lesson-drawing for policy-making. Eve was awarded Edinburgh University’s Rising Star award from HRH The Princess Royal for excellence in research.

Jude Murison, Associate

Dr Jude Murison is a senior researcher with over 15 years research experience in the global south.  Her research focuses on human rights, forced migration, health, rural livelihoods, land and agricultural production, elections, state-society relations, political governance and regulation. She has been Principal Investigator (PI), Co-PI and named researcher in grants of over £3.5 million from the Economic and Social Research Council, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Carnegie Trust, the Leverhulme Trust, the Department for International Development, and the European Commission. She is a seasoned Project Manager of international and multi-sited research teams in Africa, South-East Asia and Europe.  Jude continues to use evidence-based research to inform policy initiatives, and communicate with diverse stakeholders.

Eona Craig, Associate

Eona Craig is a multi-award winning, published arts and education development professional. She has spent 30 years working in the creative industries, with a focus on cultural regeneration, creative enterprise and inEona Craigclusive educational development. Eona has been pivotal in developing large-scale, high profile education programmes and capital projects across the public, private and education sectors. She has sat on numerous sectoral committees, presented at industry conferences and provided consultancy services to the Scottish Government, Skills Development Scotland and Education Scotland. She is also expert at defining strategies as well as building and leading teams in the delivery of concurrent programmes to achieve transformational change, realising potential and sustainable growth. Eona was previously Head of Lifelong Learning and Widening Access at the Royal Conservatoire Glasgow. She is Director of Articulate Scotland and Chief Executive of the Articulate Cultural Trust, which supports arts access for marginalised children and adults.

Emily Beardsmore, Associate

Emily Beardsmore has ten years of experience across the voluntary and public sector, including four yeaEmily Beardsmorers in challenging international environments. She is experienced in managing and motivating teams, proactive in sharing learning, developing evidence based policy and developing new systems and processes. She is a strong and experienced project manager with experience turning around underperforming projects, setting clear goals and systematically reporting on process. She brings people together to create a supportive and inclusive organisational culture working across diverse teams in challenging environments. She has managed complex multi-stakeholder projects including education programmes in Pakistan, Humanitarian  assistance projects in Sudan, and research synthesis work in the UK. She has worked both in delivering and monitoring projects for the government as a civil servant and also delivering complex government grants as interim CEO of a national youth charity.