Andrea Wigfield is a leading researcher on evidence based policy and practice, specialising in policy and programme evaluation relating to social exclusion and marginalised communities. She has worked extensively on contemporary challenges facing women, (including BME women), carers, and older people. She is particularly interested in loneliness and social isolation in later life, the associated health consequences, and strategies to combat these. The key principles which guide her work are academically rigor, and evidence based research which is policy driven and leads to impact and change. Many aspects of her research focus on co-production involving all key partners in the research process, including the end users. She specialises in making complex research findings accessible to a wide range of audiences.