Senior Researcher

Meghan Benton



Join Date

June 2015

What I do

Meghan was a senior researcher in the Government Innovation team in Policy and Research. Her work focused on digital democracy, the future of local government, and innovations in refugee integration.


Before joining Nesta, Meghan was a Policy Analyst at the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) in Washington, DC, leading projects on reforming public services (especially education and employment services) to meet the needs of diverse populations.

She also developed a workstream on the local impact of immigration policies. She commissioned and wrote papers on smart cities and inclusion, devolved immigration policies, and the relationship between immigration and tech clusters. Previously, Meghan worked for the Constitution Unit at UCL, IPPR, and the Centre for Cities.

Meghan has a BA in Philosophy from Warwick, and an MA in Political Theory and a PhD in Political Science from UCL, where she remains an Honorary Research Associate. Her PhD examined the changing nature of citizenship in a hypermobile world. She is also co-founder of The Offline Society, a Washington-based events startup.

Meghan's interests include mindfulness, making craft beer and Twin Peaks (which she recently watched in its entirety for the fifth time).