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Akash Paun

Programme Director

Akash is a programme director at the Institute. He leads the Institute’s devolution programme, overseeing work on the state of the union, and devolution to Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and to English cities and regions. 

He has previously conducted research on subjects including civil service accountability, parliamentary reform, coalition and minority government.  

Akash studied politics and political economy and joined the Institute in 2008 after completing a master’s degree. He has worked at the UCL Constitution Unit, the British Academy, the London School of Economics, and as an English teacher in Prague and Paris. 

In May 2022 Akash was also appointed by the Welsh Government to the expert panel advising the Independent Commission on the Constitutional Future of Wales. 

All work

05 JUL 2023 Report

The art of the devolution deal

Too little attention has been paid to how devolution deals are negotiated and implemented and how Whitehall should support them.

16 MAR 2023 Explainer

Trailblazer devolution deals

What are trailblazer devolution deals and what powers will they devolve to combined authorities?