Alex joined WorldPop in September 2019 as Research Project Manager to support mainly two of our projects: GRID3 (Geospatial Reference, Infrastructure and Demographic Data for Development) and Mapping Seasonal Population Density Changes in Low and Middle Income Countries, both funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Alex’s professional background is in research management, providing expert advice and specialist support across the research project lifecycle including strategically important large-scale initiatives. For over 13 years she has been working closely with principal investigators on large grants including key infrastructure investments such as centres and interdisciplinary collaborations, coordinating the set-up of awards and (sub-)contracts, liaising with portfolio/programme managers at various funding organisations, reconciling and forecasting project finances, and reporting to funders.
In 2016 she moved from London to Southampton where she joined the National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) at the University of Southampton as centre manager. In this role she was responsible for the professional delivery of all operational and financial support functions across the centre’s three sites in Southampton, Manchester and Edinburgh. Previous positions included working as research coordinator at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, University College London, and senior administrator at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies, Institute of Education. Alex graduated from the University of Leipzig, Germany in 2000 with a master degree in sociology, political sciences and cultural studies. She is also an end of life doula and membership secretary of End of Life Doula UK (EOLDUK).