Director, Public and Social Innovation

Jo Casebourne


Policy and Research

Join Date

November 2011

What I do

I lead Nesta's Policy and Research work on public and social innovation, working closely with colleagues in the Innovation Lab and Investments.


Jo has spent the last 15 years conducting research on public services, social innovation, welfare-to-work, employment and skills, disadvantaged groups in the labour market and work-life balance issues.
Before joining Nesta in November 2011, Jo was Director of Research at the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion for five years, where she led the organisation's research work, conducting high profile research and evaluations for central government, local government and charities. 
Prior to that she was a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Employment Studies and a Researcher at the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion.
Jo has a first class degree from the University of Cambridge, a Masters from the University of London and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. 
Her PhD compared the Clinton welfare reforms in the US and the Labour Government's welfare reforms in the UK and their effects on work and poverty.

Innovation in public services: new opportunities for open data

There is increasing interest in the role of institutions and governments in driving innovation, so I've recently been reading a few books that make the case for why institutions matter for the economy and society: Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson, Institutions, institutional change and economic performance by Douglass C North and The Entrepreneurial State by Marianna Mazzucato.
Jo Casebourne
Monday, 27 January 2014
In the autumn I read three really interesting books on the importance of networks in our understanding of innovation: Too big to know by David Weinberger, Networks of Innovation by Ilkka Tuomi and Future Perfect by Steve Johnson. If you're interested in networks, I would definitely give these three books a go.
Jo Casebourne
Monday, 6 January 2014