Research Director

Leading our research strategy and implementation, Rebecca works in-house and with partners to understand, improve and broaden the impacts of civic technology and digital democracy.

As a leading global expert in digital democracy and parliament enthusiast, Rebecca consults with governments and parliaments all over the world to develop their institutional capacity, supporting evidence-based development of policy and practice around digital tools for participation, transparency and accountability. She is frequently invited to speak at international events as a leader in the field of civic tech and citizen engagement, and has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals.

She holds a PhD in politics and governance, and has worked actively as a researcher for many years. She lives in Cardiff and previously lectured in politics at Cardiff University. In 2016, Rebecca won the ‘Best Paper Award’ at the Conference for eDemocracy and Open Government, and currently serves as Co-Chair of the OGRX Editorial Board.¬†

Rebecca is a Council Member and Non-Executive Director of the Advertising Standards Authority, a Trustee of The Hansard Society, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and in 2015 was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship. She is a regular political commentator in Wales, having provided expert analysis to BBC Wales and ITV, and is a regular paper reviewer on BBC Radio Wales; any free time she has is spent watching football, eating cheese and drinking wine.

Rebecca is fluent in: research, analysis, parliaments, and helping us know how best to achieve our mission.