Director, Public and Social Innovation

Jo Casebourne



Join Date

November 2011

What I do

Jo led Nesta's Policy and Research work on public and social innovation, working closely with colleagues in the Innovation Lab and Investments.


Jo has spent the last 15 years conducting research on public services, social innovation, welfare-to-work, employment and skills, disadvantaged groups in the labour market and work-life balance issues.
Before joining Nesta in November 2011, Jo was Director of Research at the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion for five years, where she led the organisation's research work, conducting high profile research and evaluations for central government, local government and charities. 
Prior to that she was a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Employment Studies and a Researcher at the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion.
Jo has a first class degree from the University of Cambridge, a Masters from the University of London and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. 
Her PhD compared the Clinton welfare reforms in the US and the Labour Government's welfare reforms in the UK and their effects on work and poverty.
Is innovation in central government on the up or going down? There appear to be contradictory results from the US and the UK when you look at the latest survey data on innovation in central government, despite the two countries facing similar challenges in similar economic contexts. And it looks like the UK is winning.
Jo Casebourne
Thursday, 11 September 2014
In June we opened the second call of the Bright Ideas Research Fund for grants of up to £10,000, to explore new ideas relating to innovation and innovation policy based on rigorous research and analysis. We were looking for projects that developed a new idea about how innovation happens, examined a new innovation or technology, or proposed a policy related to innovation.
Jo Casebourne
Thursday, 4 September 2014