Pawda Tjoa Senior Policy Researcher

Pawda joined NLGN in July 2017 as a Senior Policy Researcher and Data Analyst. She leads on NLGN’s flagship quarterly Leadership Index, which has covered topics including the impact of Brexit on the local economy, homelessness, youth violent crime and local authority outsourcing. She has also worked on a number of research and consultancy projects contributing to proposal and delivery phases, including those for the Key Cities Group, Local Trust, and the Health Foundation. Most recently, she completed research exploring a community-led approach to the design and delivery of children’s services, which culminated in a report, From Tiny Acorns (2019).

Prior to NLGN, Pawda worked at Publica, a masterplanning consultancy, where she was the lead researcher exploring international best practice in housing renewal, Vital Neighbourhoods (2017). She also worked on a number of projects on the subjects of the high street, play and the creative industry.

Pawda holds a PhD and MPhil in Architecture and Urban Studies from the University of Cambridge, and a Bachelor of Architecture from Pennsylvania State University (USA). Her PhD research explores how political ideologies shape the urban public space.

Pawda has experience working using a range of research methods, often employing a mixed methodology, including ethnographic, quantitative and qualitative research methods. She continues to publish academically, regularly writes for the local press on a variety of subjects and represents NLGN at key conferences and workshops.

Originally from Indonesia, Pawda spent her formative years in Jakarta before moving to Singapore during the 1998 civil unrest. Her home province in North Sumatra is most well-known for its Lake Toba – the largest volcanic lake in the world, but which remains underappreciated.

Areas of Expertise:

Public service reform
Organisational development and culture change
Public space