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Sarah is a researcher in Nesta Challenges, she will be helping to scope out and identify opportunities for innovation and bring people together to solve society's toughest problems.

In particular, she brings her experience of community engagement and service design to ensure that our challenge prizes are addressing the needs and desires of end users as well as unlocking systemic change.

Sarah previously worked as a researcher in chemistry where she developed next generation solar energy technologies for improving energy access globally. Prior to Nesta, she completed a Year Here fellowship where she worked with charities and local government to design user-centred services and projects in digital inclusion, community energy, air pollution and crowdfunding.

Outside of Nesta, Sarah runs a nascent social enterprise that enables collaboration between policymakers and people working in frontline service delivery. She also runs a podcast, a community garden and a very occasional ceilidh band.