Dr Al Mathers

Al is the Director of Research.

She is responsible for the strategic development of the RSA approach to social impact measurement and outcomes across our programmes and partnerships.

Having worked across the academic and practice sectors for over 15 years, Al is passionate about evidence driven social change, building and leading high impact research and data teams, and participatory research with diverse communities.

She was previously Head of Research at Good Things Foundation, a leading national and international digital inclusion charity, publishing the organisation’s COVID-19 Response Report in 2020 - charting the rise of data poverty, exacerbated digital inequalities, and evolution of community sector response during the pandemic. Before moving to the third sector, she was a researcher and lecturer at the University of Sheffield, completing her PhD in 2008, Hidden Voices: the participation of people with learning disabilities in the experience of public open space, alongside production of peer reviewed papers on inclusive design practice and co-authoring Socially Restorative Urbanism. Keen to ensure the social impact of cross sector partnerships, Al continues to work in an advisory capacity with Government departments and academic institutions, and is a Board member of Age Better in Sheffield and Prosper.