Who we are Associates Dr Stella Mascarenhas-Keyes

Dr Stella Mascarenhas-Keyes

Stella has a multi-disciplinary social science background: Ph.D in Social Anthropology, M.A. in Higher and Professional Education, and B.Sc in Psychology. She holds professional certificates in Training and Education Development; Leadership and Management; and Public Speaking. She is a certified trainer for UK Parliament Outreach and Engagement.

She has written papers and delivered presentations to academic and non-academic audiences in UK and overseas and helped them use the evidence in their professional work and personal lives. While a social researcher at the Department for Trade and Industry and the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, she held an ESRC Knowledge Transfer Fellowship. Her study of UK university social anthropology departments helped provide the evidence base for the review of social anthropology curricula and andragogy, and informed her preparation and delivery of educational development workshops for academics. Her book ‘Colonialism, Migration and the International Catholic Goan Community’ was based on ethnographic research in India, UK, Portugal, Dubai and Brazil.

She worked for fifteen years until 2015 in different roles in several UK central government departments. She has prepared briefings on research, evaluation and analysis on a range of policies for Ministers and officials. These included providing evidence on ethnic minorities in higher education; widening participation to HE; FE curricula; informal education; university workforce planning; home-based businesses; diversity and entrepreneurship; and employment and disability. She led the development of strategies to increase the impact of government commissioned research on policy and practice. As a policy official, she spent five years helping develop and deliver education policies.

Prior to joining the civil service, Stella worked as a lecturer at London University and also as a consultant in training, educational development and social research. She co-ordinated an action research project in the London voluntary sector involving several NGOs.

Stella has served on the committees of professional bodies in social anthropology, higher education and government research; led community organisations; and is an ambassador for Oxfam, British Heart Foundation, Diabetes UK and The Children’s Society. She is a parent educator (having raised four children), served as a school governor and was a member of parent-teacher groups and local authority admission and exclusion panels.

I have worked in multiple policy and practitioner settings and have been concerned that many policies and practices are developed and implemented without strong underpinning evidence. I am keen to increase the absorptive capacity of policy makers and practitioners for evidence. I was attracted to the Alliance because it aims to equip professionals of different levels of seniority with the knowledge and skills which will enable them to use evidence more effectively in their jobs.