Research & Publications

Contact e-mail: ucbqrhc@ucl.ac.uk

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Political economy, public administration, economic policy, state-market relations, outsourcing and privatisation, financialisation, healthcare, pharmaceutical regulation, drug development.

EDUCATION

2020-2024 University College London, Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose. MPhil/PhD in Innovation and Public Policy (awarded full departmental scholarship for fees and living stipend). Working dissertation title: ‘Outsourcing, Public Sector Capacity and the State in Financial Capitalism’.

2018-2020 University of Copenhagen, Department of Political Science. MSc Political Science (International Political Economy). GPA: 11.9/12 (equivalent to a high distinction, UK. Thesis title: ‘Disrupting the Welfare State? Data infrastructures and the political economy of public sector digitalisation’.

2019 University of California at Berkeley, School of Public Health. Graduate Visiting School (awarded full studentship through UCEAP). GPA: 4.0.

2011-2015 University of Leeds, School of Politics and International Studies. BA (Joint Hons) Politics and Arabic. GPA: 75% (First Class, awarded Shivali Dave Prize for Excellence for placing top of cohort).

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

2021 SOAS, University of London, Department of Development Studies. External Lecturer:

● ‘The Political Economy of Finance, Debt and Development’, Level 2-3 course taught on BA Development Studies

2021 University College London, Arts and Sciences Department. Postgraduate Teaching Assistant:

● ‘Quantitative Methods and Mathematical Thinking’, Level 1 course taught on BASc Arts and Sciences (Liberal Arts)

2019-2020 Professor William Lazonick, Academic-Industry Research Network. Researcher for a project on pharmaceutical industry financialisation funded by Open Society Foundation and the Institute for New Economic Thinking.

2019-2020 University of Copenhagen, Department of Public Health. Research Assistant for ERC-funded project ‘Policy, practice and patient experience in the age of intensified data sourcing (POLICYAID)’, led by Professor Klaus Hoeyer.

PUBLICATIONS

Peer-reviewed articles (in progress)

Collington, R. 2021. ‘Disrupting the Welfare State? Digitalisation and the retrenchment of public sector capacity’. [R&R]

Collington, R. Lazonick, W. 2021. ‘Pricing for Medicine Innovation: A Regulatory Approach for Improving Patient Access and Augmenting Drug Development’. [In progress]

Working papers and policy reports

Collington, R. 2020. ‘Profits, Innovation and Financialization in the Insulin Industry’. Institute for New Economic Thinking Working Paper Series. Available here.

Collington, R. 2019. ‘Digital Public Assets: Rethinking value, access, control and ownership of public sector data’. Common Wealth. Available here.

Collington, R. 2017. ‘Leaving No One Behind: Why England needs an implementation plan for the UK Strategy for Rare Diseases’. Genetic Alliance UK. Available here.

Selected media

Collington, R. 2020. ‘The myth of the “efficient” private sector has been busted by Covid’. The Guardian. Available here.

Parramore, L. Collington, R. 2020. ‘Think Big Pharma Won’t Profiteer in the Race to Treat Coronavirus? Think Again.’ Institute for New Economic Thinking. [Interview by Lynn Paramore]. Available here.

Collington, R. 2020. ‘Who Benefits When the Price of Insulin Soars?’. Institute for New Economic Thinking. Available here.

Collington, R. 2019. ‘Denmark is helping those who can’t work due to coronavirus – why isn’t the UK?’ The Guardian. Available here.

Collington, R. 2019. ‘Digital public assets should be democratised, not given away for private profit’. openDemocracy. Available here.

Akehurst, N. Collington, R. 2019. ‘Against Polling’. Jacobin. Available here.

Collington, R. 2019. ‘NHS data is a public asset. Why does Matt Hancock want to give it away?’ openDemocracy. Available here.

SCHOLARSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS

2020-2021 University of Copenhagen, Department of Political Science, Visiting PhD Fellow

2020-2023 Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose Baillie Gifford PhD Studentship

2019 University of California at Berkeley, UC-Education Abroad Program Studentship

2015 University of Leeds, Shivali Dave Prize for Excellence (awarded for graduating top of cohort)

2015 University of Leeds, Footsteps Alumni Fund Conference Bursary (awarded to present at the British Conference of Undergraduate Research)

2015 London Law Society Bursary (awarded to participate in the British Exploring Society ‘Stellar’ graduate summer programme)

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

Collington, R. 2021. ‘Pricing for Medicine Innovation: A Regulatory Approach for Improving Patient Access and Augmenting Drug Development’ at Reforming the Business of Pharmaceutical Innovation. Bentley University, Center for Integration of Science and Industry. 17 March 2021. [Invited].

Collington, R. 2020. ‘Who Benefits When the Price of Insulin Soars?’ at T1International Annual Workshop. 25 September 2020. [Invited]. Recording here.

Collington, R. 2020. ‘Disrupting the Welfare State? Digitalisation and the retrenchment of public sector assets and capabilities’. University of Copenhagen, Department of Political Science PhD Seminar. 1 October 2020. [Workshop presentation].

Collington, R. 2020. ‘Entrenching Retrenchment: Healthcare reform in the UK consolidation state’. SASE 32nd Annual Meeting. 21 July 2020. [Conference presentation].

Collington, R. 2020. ‘A Digital Backdoor? Public-private partnerships and big data transfer’. Rethinking the State in the 21st Century. University College London, Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose and INET-YSI. [Conference presentation].

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE AND OTHER ACTIVITIES

2020-2022 Economics of Innovation Working Group Coordinator, Institute for New Economic Thinking Young Scholars’ Initiative

  • Co-organiser of 2020 Virtual Plenary, including working paper panel sessions and guest speakers
  • Chair of guest speaker sessions with Professor William Lazonick and Professor Julia Steinberger

● Organiser of reading group for ‘An Evolutionary Theory of Economic Change’ (Nelson and Winter, 1982)

2020 Organiser of Postdoc and PhD Peer Seminar, IIPP UCL

RECENT NON-ACADEMIC WORK EXPERIENCE

2018-2020 Programme Coordinator (part-time) – Copenhagen Business School (based at Copenhagen School of Entrepreneurship)

2017-2018 Healthcare Innovation Strategy Analyst (secondment) and Public Affairs Officer – British Heart Foundation

2016-2017 Public Affairs Assistant/Officer (fixed-term contract) – Genetic Alliance UK

2015 Assistant Programme Manager (fixed-term contract) – The Challenge

RELEVANT SKILLS

Languages: English (native); Danish (C2); Spanish (B2); Arabic (currently B2/C1, previously fluent in both Modern Standard and Egyptian Colloquial)
Research methods: Advanced social science statistics; interviewing (experienced in interviewing patients and experts/’elites’); policy analysis

Programming: R; Python; Stata
Office software: Microsoft Office (including Excel); NVivo 12
Collaborative learning environments: Moodle; Absalon; Microsoft Teams