Principal Researcher - Public and Social Innovation

Ruth Puttick



Join Date

January 2009

What I do

Ruth was Principal Researcher for public and social innovation.

Ruth joined the Nesta policy and research team in 2009, working on a range of projects across innovation, investment and growth, creative industries, and public and social innovation.


She successfully developed and lead Nesta's evidence work programme, including launching the Alliance for Useful Evidence, advising the UK government on the development of the What Works Network, as well as developing the standards of evidence used in Nesta Impact Investments, and across Nesta more broadly (this framework has now been adopted by Pearson Plc).

Ruth worked on a range of public and social innovation projects, with a particular interest in the structures for evidence and innovation in governments. She also lead i-teams, a large study in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies, exploring the creation and impact of innovation funds and teams in governments around the world.

Ruth has worked in a range of research settings, including as a consultant for the Exmoor National Park Authority, and a sea turtle research programme in Panama. During 2012, Ruth took time out of Nesta to work on the Obama-Biden election campaign in Richmond, Virginia. 

Prior to Nesta, she worked on a range of community-led projects for a north west-based environmental regeneration charity. Ruth holds a BA in Geography from University of Sheffield and is currently studying for a Masters in Social Research Methods.

Introducing i-teams: Launch at Nesta, June 30th 2014

Introducing the i-teams

Nesta and Bloomberg Philanthropies have launched i-teams, new research exploring in-depth twenty innovation teams and funds from around the world. Alongside the report, we have launched, a living map to capture developments in a rapidly evolving field. Our aim is to create a network of global government innovators, helping city, regional and national governments learn from the most cutting-edge thinking, techniques and approaches for supporting innovation. We’d love you to get involved.
Ruth Puttick
Monday, 30 June 2014