Claire Fox

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Claire Fox is the founder and director of the Institute of Ideas [IoI] in London, which she established in order to create a public space where ideas could be contested without the constraints imposed by traditional debating environments.

She convenes the Battle of Ideas festival, which has been taking place annually in London since 2005, and she initiated The Institute of Ideas Debating Matters competition for high school students. She also co-founded the IoI’s residential summer school, The Academy, which she describes as “university as it should be”.

In addition to her work for the IoI, Claire is a panellist on BBC Radio 4’s The Moral Maze and is regularly invited to comment on developments in culture, education and the media on TV and radio programmes such as Question Time and Any Questions?. She is also a columnist for the TES [Times Educational Supplement] and the MJ [Municipal Journal], an executive board member of the UCL’s Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction [IRDR] and a fellow of Wellington College. Her latest publication, I Find That Offensive!, was released in May 2016 (Biteback, London).

Information valid as of autumn 2016.