Dr Inga Vermeulen

Dr Inga Vermeulen is our Social Statistics Lead, based in the Edinburgh office but working across the UK. Inga leads on our advanced social statistics work to support our clients to understand and use quantitative data to evaluate and develop policy and practice.  

Inga is an experienced researcher and project manager with advanced skills in social statistics. Her experience includes quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation across health and social care, poverty and welfare, as well as equality for public and third sector clients. She likes to work closely with organisations and the people they support to understand the opportunities and challenges they face. She has a particular interest in how organisations can improve people’s lives drawing on the best available evidence and, in the strengths and weaknesses of different methods to measure and evidence social change. 

MSc in Social Statistics and Social Research, University of Stirling 

Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Sheffield 

MA in Philosophy, Literature and Linguistics, University of Zurich 

Specialist areas

  • Health and Social Care 
  • Poverty and welfare, in particular financial capability 
  • Social statistics  
  • Quantitative research  
  • Qualitative research with vulnerable groups and analysing data using NVivo 
  • Developing evaluation frameworks including a theory of change and research questions 
  • Managing research projects and evaluations 


  • Scottish Government and the First Minister’s Advisory Council on Women and Girls – Scotland’s Intersectional Gender Architecture 
  • Surviving Economic Abuse – Evaluation of Training for Frontline Practitioners 
  • Inverclyde Alcohol and Drug Partnership – Review of Alcohol and Drug Prevention Services 
  • Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership – Rapid Evidence Review on Alcohol and Drug Prevention 
  • Law Society of Scotland – Social Return on Investment in Legal Aid 
  • Shelter Scotland – Healthy Finances pilot evaluation 

Little weaknesses

  • Can’t go a day without chocolate 
  • No sense of orientation whatsoever 
  • Passionate but talentless singer