Oliver is a Mission Manager for the Sustainable Future mission team.

A human geographer by training, Oliver is attentive to the ways by which the social and environmental interact. Engaging across these axes is core to the goal of accelerating the decarbonisation of home heating, the central aim of the Sustainable Future mission. Previously at Nesta, he was Senior Researcher in the Cities and Regions Team.

Prior to this, Oliver had an eclectic academic career. He was a postdoctoral researcher in the in the University of Oxford’s School of Geography and the Environment, where he was working on the effects of smart city technology on social difference as part of a large, Economic and Social Research Council funded project called Smart Cities in the Making: Learning from Milton Keynes.

He also worked at The Open University on several short-term projects which looked across the themes of digital technology, innovation and urban cultures, and co-taught the international foundation module in Geography at Queen Mary, University of London. His PhD, also from the Open University, examined food security and food plant seed banking.

Oliver loves cycling and swimming, and on sunny days will often be found by the ponds on Hampstead Heath.