Principal Researcher

Alex Glennie


Research, Analysis and Policy

Join Date

January 2015

What I do

Alex is a Principal Researcher in the International Innovation team. She leads international research projects examining new trends and practices in innovation, with a particular focus on government policy and international development. She is a lead author of Nesta's comparative international study of innovation agencies around the world, and a core member of the team delivering the Global Innovation Policy Accelerator, a pioneering collaborative development programme for innovation policy leaders and managers that is being supported by the UK’s Newton Fund.


Prior to Nesta, Alex was a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), leading projects across a range of international issues including migration, globalisation, European reform and development policy. Alex has also worked for the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, managing a research programme on international security, integration and diversity.

Outside of work, she is a volunteer grants panellist for the homeless charity Crisis, a mentor for the House of St Barnabas, and is trained as a professional and personal development coach. Alex holds an MA in International Studies and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies, and a BA in International History from the London School of Economics.

Read on to find out how DFID is using design to create more effective programmes, explore our new competency framework for public innovation, find out how collaboration is improving health innovation - plus much more.
Alex Glennie
Isobel Roberts
Thursday, 20 July 2017