Emma Neale Ahmad is a bright and experienced service evaluator with over 15 years of experience in the social and cultural sector. Emma combines a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Public and Community Services from University of east London, over 20 years of ground level experience in quantitative and creative qualitative research design and implementation, and social innovation. Previously, Research and Innovations Manager at policy think tank, Links UK, and Senior Research fellow at the Centre for Institutional Studies, University of east London, Emma has worked on participatory research with film making, community-participation, architectural inclusion, partnership structures, employment and enterprise support, within the context of urban regeneration and the creative and collaborative economy.
Emma specializes in research consultancy for projects that engage diverse groups of people, often those who are marginalized from the mainstream of society. She brings an international perspective to this research, with a long experience of working with people who have had direct experience of war and conflict, such as refugees and asylum seekers, within the context of the services that support them in their UK setting. Emma has worked with the diversity of user groups across ethnic backgrounds, age and circumstance, and is as fluently conversant with those in positions of power such as policy makers and service managers, as those struggling to engage with social life.
Emma is currently a freelance consultant partnering with artists and practitioners in collaboration to further socially beneficial research. Recent research includes work within the community in Tower Hamlets, Harnessing Hospitality: scoping potential for hotels and local employment (SocietyLinks, 2014); Overcoming the Barriers, a research pilot on employment support for Somali and Bangladeshi women, (Tower Hamlets Local Authority, 2013); Women Empowered a three year research evaluation into the processes and impact of a unique holistic intervention for women migrants (European Integration Fund, Jagonari, 2013); My Story, interviews and filmed narratives of 50 Bangladeshi women, using an assets-approach (European Integration Fund, Jagonari, 2013). This builds on 20 years of research experience across all social areas, giving Emma the capacity to make dynamic strategic links across sectors, cultures and policy spaces.