Radhika Bynon

Fellow Team: Places and Communities

Radhika led our work in communities, working with change makers and innovators in cities and towns in the UK and Europe to develop solutions to tackling inequality.

She led the experimentation work stream on Social Innovation Community, the network for social innovators across Europe, where we are working with innovators in 4 European cities to co-design solutions to pressing local challenges

She is also led Reimagining Rent, the UK’s only innovation support programme for the private rented sector, focussing on initiatives tackling issues of affordability, quality and security for vulnerable renters including those on low incomes.

She led our work on the Community Wellbeing Framework, working with the Co-op to design and create the UK’s first measure of community wellbeing at a neighbourhood level.  This initiative seeks to understand what it means to enjoy a good life in a neighbourhood and to use this insight to support local action.

She led our work on Community Action Zones, a programme using research and dialogue to support activities that tackle social isolation, recognising that increased isolation has serious implications for individual wellbeing as well as public service budgets.

Radhika is also worked on Rootslab, an innovation lab for young women’s action, supporting social change driven by young women in tough places, starting with Lebanon. Working with Oxfam, the Global Fund for Women and FRIDA The Young Feminist Fund, we are testing how social innovation tools and approaches can support young women to advance gender justice.

Past projects:

The U: a project to foster neighbourliness, working in 12 communities across England, bringing people together to learn something new whilst laughing and getting to know each other.

Better By Design: working with Big Lottery Scotland, using social design approaches to support 15 voluntary sector organisations to plan for a more sustainable future.

Community First: leading our role on this large Cabinet Office programme providing support to local volunteers in over 100 communities across England.

The Bench Project: an AHRC research project using exploring the way of public benches are used and how current practice of removing benches excludes many people from everyday social interactions.

Prior to joining The Young Foundation Radhika worked with the Prime Minister’s Council on Social Action, working with innovators from business, government and the voluntary sector scale social action across the country. She also led a national initiative supporting over 1000 secondary schools to deliver strong community programmes. She was CEO of Mental Health Media, and is a trustee at Community Links, a large multi-purpose charity in Newham and Chair of Asha Trust in Sri Lanka.