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This bio is current as of 2020.

Alexis Palá is currently a Research Associate of Public Services and Social Innovation at Y Lab, a partnership between Cardiff University and Nesta, a global innovation foundation. She is passionate about better policy by design and more participatory, inclusive forms of policy making and ways of governing, which is rooted in her time as an International Scholar with Kellogg. During her research at Notre Dame and her 2016 Fulbright fellowship in Chile, she learnt and will never be able to unsee how society disables which became deeply embedded in her practice.

Currently she uses participatory process and design-informed methods to facilitate and lead conversations around: Community Legal Empowerment for effectively closing the justice gap in Lesotho; psychologically-safe spaces for peer-support and collaborative problem solving in the National Health Service during the Covid-19 pandemic; the spread of innovation in Wales (barriers and enables); how to build a public service pioneers community in the UK (no during the Covid-19 pandemic); and how to support public servants in the UK to be complexity-conscious, shifting to problem framing rather than problem defining in public services.

Since graduating from Notre Dame, Palá supported a L’Arche Community for adults with intellectual disabilities in Querétaro, Mexico, served as a US Fulbright Scholar in Chile, completed an MPhil in Public Policy at Cambridge University where she did work placement research in the Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI), and then found herself based in Cardiff, Wales. In addition to her current research projects, she provides design research support to a sleep bio health start-up to change the way people relate to sleep and co-leads the UK community of practice for Liberating Structures.   

Major
Anthropology
Other Accomplishments & Recognitions

2015 - Fulbright - Chile - "Yo Existo: A Project to Change Perceptions about People with Disabilities in Chile"

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