Vanessa Thomas is a Senior Research Associate, Technology and Innovation Policy at The Conference Board of Canada. Vanessa is an interdisciplinary researcher and designer, with a background that spans computer science, mathematics, physics, human security, peace building, intercultural communication, graphic design, leadership, feminist studies, and public policy analysis, amongst other topics.
Vanessa acted as a Research Associate with the nascent Institute for Social Futures at HighWire Centre for Doctoral Training at Lancaster University. Most of her mixed methods research has examined the social and environmental effects of digital technologies; however, she has also published work related to research evaluation, urban development, and playful or artistic methods.
In the past fifteen years, Vanessa has been privileged enough to work with several private, public, and non-profit organizations in Canada, Ecuador, Bolivia, the United States of America, the United Kingdom and Denmark.