Braden Cleaver is pursuing his MSc in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a joint First Class Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Policy and Sociology. There, his undergraduate dissertation utilised a mixed-methods approach to gathering data on the impact of socioeconomic change on social cohesion in the London Borough of Hackney. In Edinburgh, Braden also helped to establish a university branch for the international charity Women for Women International, to fundraise and campaign for their mission to provide women in former conflict zones with a comprehensive year-long intervention program aimed to establish self-sufficiency.
Prior to attending Oxford, Braden worked in his home state of California with the ‘Be a Hero, Become a Donor’ organisation to run blood drives and organ donation initiatives, using his role as a spokesperson to disseminate messages regarding the positive impact of these altruistic behaviours. These experiences participating in movements to pursue better, evidence-informed, and more equitable population health interventions have led Braden to Oxford, where he is currently investigating the efficacy of policy decisions to promote pro-social behaviours such as organ donation.