Melanie Knetsch is the Deputy Director for Innovation and Impact.
She leads on our strategic knowledge exchange and innovation activities to ensure that our research portfolio is visible to potential users as well as creating opportunities for researchers to undertake impact-led activities. This includes supporting the social science community to respond to impact opportunities in more flexible, responsive and creative ways via our Impact Acceleration Accounts, ensuring research knowledge is shaping policy and Parliament via our What Works investments and the Social science section of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) and responding to business challenges via the Innovation Caucus, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.
Melanie joined the ESRC in 2008 and has worked in a variety of roles since then including communications, public engagement, the Newton Fund and Deputy Director of the Office in India. She holds a Masters Degree in Medical Social Anthropology from Keele University, and a Masters in Science Communication from the University of West of England.