About Nesta

Nesta is an innovation foundation. For us, innovation means turning bold ideas into reality and changing lives for the better. We use our expertise, skills and funding in areas where there are big challenges facing society.

Alexandra is a Senior Researcher, leading work on citizen science and supporting wider research into other collective intelligence such as participatory AI.

Before joining Nesta, Alex was a post-doctoral researcher based at University College London working on ActEarly UK Preventative Research Programme, supporting the healthy livelihoods, healthy learning and co-production and citizen science themes to improve health opportunities for families in Tower Hamlets and Bradford.

Her PhD research, completed in 2019, explored the practices and processes of citizen social science – namely how people can be mobilised to engage in conducting social research and the challenges and opportunities of using the data generated to tackle social issues. Her research interests include citizen science, participatory inventive methods and international development.