Alex Albert is a social researcher focused on developing participatory inventive methods in social science research. She is currently completing an ESRC funded CASE PhD in Citizen Social Science based in the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research (CMIST) at Manchester University with co-supervision from the Mobilities.Lab at Lancaster University and in collaboration with the Mass Observation Archive Trust. Through a series of case studies, her work explores the practices and processes of Citizen Social Science – namely how people can be mobilised to engage in conducting social research, and the challenges and opportunities of using the data generated to tackle social issues.
She completed an internship with UNESCO's Inclusive Policy Lab in 2017. She obtained an MSc at the London School of Economics in cultural theory and sociology in 2014 and a BA Hons in French and Linguistics in 2006. Prior to starting the PhD, Alex worked as a social researcher for the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at the London School of Economics, Arts Council England and The Work Foundation.
She joined the ExCiteS research group in April 2018 to work on the Doing It Together Science (DITOs) project helping to organise and deliver events and policy deliverables.
Her research interests include participatory inventive methods, public sociology, citizen science, cultural metrics, cultural policy and inclusive development.