Rachel Knight

Ngāi Tahu
Project Lead
(Australia New Zealand)

Rachel makes sense of complex challenges and works alongside people to design a better world.

She is currently working on the GoodFuture program in partnership with Goodstart – Australia’s largest early childhood provider – to empower early childhood centres to reimagine their early learning offer to better respond to their changing families’ needs. She is also co-leading a research project into the lived experience of homelessness, to inform a cross-sectoral plan to reduce homelessness in Auckland.

Rachel has experience in design research spanning the export, banking, education, wellbeing and transport sectors. Prior to Innovation Unit, Rachel helped start up Shift – a co-designed wellbeing initiative for young women, worked on a diverse range of research projects at design agency DNA, taught at Massey University, and worked in the Digital Transformation team at the Department of Internal Affairs.

Rachel was previously a Project Lead at Innovate Change, and has joined the wider Innovation Unit team as part of a merger process between Innovate Change and Innovation Unit.