Michelle Brook

Community Coordinator for LinkedUp Project at Open Knowledge

Community Coordinator for LinkedUp Project at the Open Knowledge Foundation, and Freelance Science Policy Consultant

Michelle Brook is a Community Coordinator for LinkedUp Project, and a freelance science policy consultant. Previously she worked as a Policy Manager at The Physiological Society, a Policy Officer at The Biochemical Society, and she was an intern at Campaign for Science and Engineering. Her worked involved talking to both academics and politicians, raising issues important to biomedical sciences, scrutinising legislation, and often acting as an interpreter between the two (mostly) separate groups. She is interested in open access and open research data, and fascinated by technology.

A a free-lancer Michelle has worked on a wide variety of science and policy projects, including: a research project with Sussex Policy Research Unit and Imperial to independently evaluate the Royal Society Pairing Scheme; non-partisan projects focussed on increasing diversity in STEM, with MPs from each of the three main political parties; AHRC funded co-production research project on technology and design; work for the Democratic Society, drafting papers on open policy making and participation; an independent research project, informed by published data from the National Pupil Database and other sources, to identify important schools for organisations to target, beyond the simple traditional measure of Free School Meals, which looks at only one aspect of what restricts science diversity; a series of videos for Department for Work and Pensions on social media analytics and social media; and co-authoring a review on post-translational modification of mitochondrial proteins.

The LinkedUp Project at the Open Knowledge Foundation is an FP7 funded project promoting the use of open and linked data for education.

  • 22 March 2013, 6pm

    Cambridge Public Policy Lecture: Cass Sunstein

    Speaker: Professor Cass Sunstein, Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

  • 15 January 2013, 5pm

    Experts, publics and open policy

    The third in a series of seminars looking at ways in which government can make more effective use of scientists and scientific advice in the context of Civil Service reform and a move towards open policy making.