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“The concept of innovation as a ‘necessity’ in the light of this current crisis has been a significant addition to the ‘instruments’ of public governance.”

Jesper Christiansen is Research Manager at Danish public innovation unit MindLab. He is currently directing research and reflectional work across the innovation projects of MindLab that all in different ways transform public service systems from a human-centred approach. He is also leading a project that is transforming the practice of policy making in the Danish ministry of employment. Jesper has just finished a Ph.D. project on the policy and practice of public innovation processes and is now advising the Danish Government on matters of enabling new cultures of decision-making in development and implementation efforts. In his consultancies, he has also worked with and advised UK and Australian Governments as well as having partnered with various NGO’s, design businesses and local innovation units. In addition, he is teaching public innovation and design on MA and graduate modules at Aarhus University and University of Southern Denmark. Jesper holds a Master’s degree in Anthropology and an additional degree in Journalism.