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Alistair Scott

Knowledge Officer

I work in many aspects of Knowledge Mobilisation, including the use of social media to track research uptake, managing knowledge programmes, supporting innovation, producing how-to guides and developing elearning programmes.

I recently developed TwitterWeave, a free web app designed to help researchers track how Twitter users engage with their research. My background is in NGO campaigning, multimedia software design and e-learning software.

Before joining IDS I worked as an ergonomist, a research fellow in the Open University Institute of Educational Technology, a Campaigns Officer for Oxfam, and Technology Officer and Trainer for OneWorld.Net.

I have a PhD in Human-Computer Interface Design.

Follow me on Twitter @Al_Scott_Twitt



Human Development Innovation Fund

The Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF) identifies and supports innovations that have the potential to create social impact in education, health and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) across Tanzania.


Open Access for Development

IDS Knowledge Services is developing resources for exploring and testing different options for providing Open Access to development research.




Tracking Research and Policy Conversations in Online Spaces

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is engaged in a major four-year programme entitled Strengthening Evidence-based Policy, funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). Central to this programme is the production and communication of policy-relevant research findings.

9 March 2015

Alistair Scott’s recent work

Specialist short course

Social Protection: A Primer (online)

Join our free online course to learn about the basics of social protection and its implementation around the world.

From 30 June 2020 until 28 February 2023