Ville Aula

  • Analyst / Consultant
  • London School of Economics and Political Science, Houghton Street, London, UK
  • 27/05/2022
Researcher, Advisor Democracy and Governance Media, Communications and Culture Organisations and Management Public Policy and Regulation Technology and Innovation

Personal Summary

  • Expert in policymaking, public sector strategy, and digital innovation
  • Passionate about improving governments through projects that are meaningful, realistic and forwardlooking for the client
  • Eight years of experience in public sector research and consulting positions, working with highest level civil servants and politicians
  • Current research focuses on digital innovation and data in public decision-making
  • Country expertise on Finland and the UK
  • Authored several policy reports for Finnish Government on how to improve Finnish policymaking practices

Work Experience

Jan 2022 - Jun 2022 Finnish Innovation Fund SITRA
  • International review of how digital tools can facilitate transparency in the law-making process in five countries. Focus on digital tools in parliaments.
Fulbright Postgraduate Scholar
Sep 2021 - Jun 2022
  • Visiting PhD student in University of California, San Diego department of Political Science.
  • Research on the role of information and expertise in Finnish policymaking.
Analyst and Lead Writer
Jan 2019 - Aug 2020 Finnish Innovation Fund SITRA

Research analyst and lead writer for “Renovating the Republic” project in collaboration with the Parliament of Finland. In the project we collected 200 interviews with MPs, cabinet members, civil servants, and chief executives, and published three reports.

Seconded PhD researcher
Nov 2020 - Feb 2021 UK Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS)

Research secondment to support UK ministry for digital affairs on digital regulation and governance.

Jan 2015 - Sep 2017 Broad Scope Management Consulting

Public management consulting and senior advice for the Finnish Government, including ministries, central agencies, regional councils, and municipalities.

Graduate intern
Sep 2014 - Dec 2014 Ministry of Transport and Communications, Finland

Drafting communications policy, support in drafting national and EU legislation, analysis and foresight on government digitalization and digital policy, responses to citizen inquiries.

Graduate Intern / Thesis writer
May 2014 - Aug 2014 National Audit Office of Finland

Research for master’s thesis on government strategic management systems. My research was published as an official audit report “Strategy work in ministerial administration”.

May 2013 - Aug 2013 National Audit Office of Finland

Member of audit project on the steering systems in the administrative field of the Ministry of Finance, audit of strategy systems and strategic steering of consolidated state services, reporting audit in two in-depth audit memos.


PhD in Data, Networks and Society
Sep 2018 - Present London School of Economics and Political Science, Department of Media and Communications
MSc in Social Science of the Internet
Oct 2017 - Aug 2018 University of Oxford, Oxford Internet Institute
Master of Social Science (Political Science and Public Administration))
Sep 2013 - Dec 2014 University of Helsinki
Bachelor of Social Sciences (Political Science & Public Administration)
Jan 2011 - Jun 2013 University of Helsinki