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James is a content development officer for the Innovation Skills team.

His focus is on the States of Change programme. Where he works with partners across the world to develop, research and share insights from their government innovation work to the wider community (and frankly, to anyone else who is interested).

Before Nesta, he spent five years as a researcher and assistant producer making, developing and collaborating on documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4. Work taking him across the globe; filming in a Manchester STI clinic; India’s largest wholesale food market and the ancient customs of an indigenous community in Papua New Guinea.

After working in TV, James completed a Masters in Cities and Society from Goldsmiths University, looking at civic engagement in local government. He also worked at the consultancy BOP as a researcher/filmmaker on projects across policy in the creative sector and as a field researcher for the market research agency, Ipsos MORI.