Gen is a researcher, evaluator and project designer. She has wide-ranging experience of academic and social research. For the last six years she has worked with public, private and third sector organisations to design programmes that draw on a robust evidence base and demonstrate their effectiveness using appropriate metrics and methodologies.
Gen has worked on projects in health, education and organisational change often developing new research methods to suit different people and different styles of delivery. Recent projects for Osca have included insight gathering for Islington CCG for patients with Long Term Conditions, evaluating a tutoring programme for Viridian Housing and project and evaluation design for a youth violence project at King’s College Hospital.
Gen started her career in academia with a doctorate in political philosophy and a particular interest in identity politics. She gravitated from abstract work on identity towards more practical social research and has lectured on social research methodologies and evaluation at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris and Birkbeck College London. She was formerly Head of Social Impact at The U, a social venture developed by the Young Foundation, and founder and director of GLUE, a social enterprise working with young people excluded from school. Before joining the Young Foundation, she worked at the youth charity Kids Company.