Who we are

The Knowledge Exchange has a team of expert research and information professionals with professional and academic experience covering a wide range of public policy areas.

Morwen Johnson, Head of the Knowledge Exchange

Morwen heads up The Knowledge Exchange and has twenty years experience in information services, research and social policy. Morwen has a background in projectwork in community regeneration and skills, as well as information management consultancy. She is Managing Editor of the Scottish Planning and Environmental Law Journal; a Prince2 Practitioner project manager and was accepted as a Chartered Member of CILIP in 2008. Before joining Idox in 2004, she worked at the King’s Fund, a charitable foundation focused on health policy, and the London Library. Morwen has a particular interest in using evidence for decision-making, making research accessible and ensuring it has impact.

Rebecca Jackson, Membership Manager

Rebecca joined us in 2015 after graduating from the University of Stirling with a Masters in Public Policy. She is responsible for delivering training for our members and manages our programme of customer engagement. She also maintains a subject specialism in health and social care.

Donna Gardiner, Research Officer/Collections Manager

Donna is responsible for coverage of education and skills along with public sector management information; she also manages our serials collection. Before joining us Donna graduated from the University of Strathclyde with a MSc (Distinction) in Library and Information Studies, and published her research in a leading peer-reviewed journal.

Heather Cameron, Research Officer/Enquiries Manager

Heather is responsible for managing and ensuring the quality of our Ask a Researcher enquiry service. This involves ensuring that the team have the resources and knowledge needed to provide the expert enquiry service. She is also a subject specialist in economic development.

James Carson, Research Officer

James has been working for The Knowledge Exchange since June 2012. Prior to joining Idox, he was an information officer for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, and has also developed information services for Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and the Scottish Arts Council. James is our subject specialist for housing and the environment. He is also the main editor of our blog and has a MLitt degree in creative writing from the University of Glasgow.

Euan Nugent, Research Officer

Euan has worked in the team since 2021, having completed a MSc in Public and Urban Policy at the University of Glasgow. He is the subject specialist for planning and regeneration, as well as having an interest in smart cities and digital government.

Katie Veitch, Library and Membership Support Officer

Katie joined the team in early 2023, coming from a school library and after completing her postgraduate degree in Information Management in Preservation at the University of Glasgow.  Katie works directly with customers, carries out a range of administration tasks and facilitates the librarian-based duties for the team. Katie also runs the Knowledge Exchange’s social media accounts.

Kirsten Walker, Research Officer

Kirsten joined us in 2023 after working at the Care Inspectorate as part of their policy team. She is our subject specialist for health and social care. Kirsten was awarded both of her degrees from the University of Stirling – a BA in Politics and a MSc in Human Rights and Diplomacy, where she spent some time with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research.

Former staff

You will find articles by Alan Gillies; Alex Thomas, Laura Dobie; Rebecca Riley, Stephen Lochore, Stacey Dingwall, Scott Faulds and Steven McGinty on this blog too.