Principal Researcher, Social Innovation

Madeleine Gabriel


Policy and Research

Join Date

January 2014

What I do

Madeleine Gabriel is a principal researcher, focusing on social innovation and inclusive growth. Her recent projects have focused mainly on the ways in which social innovation can be supported, including by incubators, grantmaking foundations and through policy interventions. She is passionately interested in the relationship between innovation and inequality, and in exploring the role that innovation - and innovation policy - can play in promoting greater equality. 


Before joining Nesta early in 2014, Madeleine was Head of Impact, Research and Evaluation at UnLtd, where she developed new ways of measuring the organisation’s impact and led its programme of research on social entrepreneurship.

Prior to UnLtd, Madeleine spent nine years at public policy consultancy Shared Intelligence, where she carried out research and evaluation for a wide range of clients in local and central government, the NHS, non-departmental public bodies and charities, working on everything from health inequalities and social investment to libraries and public toilet provision. 

Madeleine has a BA in History from the University of Cambridge and an MSc in Public Health with Economics from City University and Queen Mary University of London. Outside of work she’s a governor at a school for children with autistic spectrum disorders and a long-suffering West Ham fan.