Chief Scientist, Practices
Jenny leads Nesta's practice teams in a number of areas, bringing these methods together, ensuring rigour and leading methodological innovation.
Jenny joins Nesta from the University of Cambridge where she leads the Play and Communication Lab (PacLab), a team investigating the role of play, language, cognition, and neurodiversity in human development.
Jenny completed her undergraduate studies and PhD at University of Manchester School of Psychological Science before going on to do postdoctoral research at University of Cambridge Department of Developmental Psychiatry. She joined the University of Cambridge in a permanent academic post in 2014 and was part of the founding team establishing the LEGO Foundation funded centre for research on Play in Education, Development and Learning (PEDAL).
Jenny is passionate about supporting impactful research that is rigorous, ethical, participatory and transparent. When not working, Jenny can be found reading novels, streaming sci-fi series, playing video games, or enjoying long walks with Captain
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