Principal Researcher, Social Innovation

Emma Clarence



Join Date

April 2014

What I do

Emma was a Principal Researcher on Social Innovation in Nesta’s Policy and Research unit. She joined Nesta in April 2014 and worked on areas including the collaborative economy and social action.


Before joining Nesta, Emma was a Policy Analyst at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development working in the Local Economic and Employment Development Programme on issues including social innovation and the social economy, and how to create jobs and tackle long-term unemployment.

Prior to the OECD she was a researcher and lecturer at a number of UK universities working on a wide-range of public policy issues and teaching politics, as well as being on the executive of the Political Studies Association of the UK and Secretary/Treasurer of the Women and Politics Group.

Emma holds degrees from Macquarie University (Australia), Staffordshire University (UK), the University of Bologna (Italy) and the Open University (UK) in areas including history, politics, sociology, economics and literature.

Alongside continued studying, Emma enjoys travelling and is an avid listener of Test Match Special when the opportunity presents itself.