Senior Researcher, Collective Intelligence

Lydia Nicholas


Policy and Research

Join Date

December 2014

What I do

Lydia Nicholas is a Senior Researcher in Nesta’s Collective Intelligence team, exploring new forms of knowledge production and problem solving that are emerging from the collaboration of networked publics, institutions and organisations.

Lydia’s work looks at how minds, systems and technologies come together to perform better at cognitive challenges with particular focus on health and patient organisations.

She tweets @lydnicholas.


Before joining Nesta Lydia worked as a researcher across technology sectors, with particular focus on medical and biological information.

She has an MSc in Digital Anthropology and wrote her thesis on public understanding of Big Data and data collection practices.

Hands hold health placards
In 2017, we’ll see more people uniting to fight for better health and care, enabled by digital technology, and potentially leading to stronger engagement with the system, says Nesta Health Lab.
At the first annual summit of the Cambridge Rare Disease Network we saw examples of collective intelligence making real impact; new technologies, platforms, and networks supporting decisions, analysis, and discovery; speeding progress on the route towards new treatments and cures.
Lydia Nicholas
Friday, 18 September 2015