Head of Government Innovation Research

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Research, Analysis and Policy

Join Date

October 2015

What I do

Julie is the Head of Government Innovation Research in the Policy and Research Team. She is currently overseeing projects looking at the future of local councils, informal models of childcare and the use of big data by local councils. She is also developing larger programmes of work on democratic innovations.


Before joining Nesta, Julie worked at the Young Foundation where she led the organisation’s work on social innovation.

She has written major reports on social innovation as part of TEPSIE, a European Commission project which explored the theoretical, empirical and policy foundations of social innovation in Europe. She also co-authored The Open Book of Social Innovation and Social Venturing and co-edited New Frontiers in Social Innovation Research.

Julie is a Trustee of the Sunday Assembly.