"The MPA is a unique, friendly hub which introduces us to the global challenges facing today’s policy decision-makers. We are able to explore the boundaries of knowledge and to share ideas about a better future based on imagining and rethinking more sustainable development. ”

Mirko Salfate, MPA Student 2014-15 at UCL STEaPP


Our Expertise

STEaPP Expertise

UCL STEaPP is developing cutting-edge research that is not just interdisciplinary in nature, but also impact-driven and comprehensible for policymakers. The Department focuses on the knowledge systems and science-policy interfaces that underpin decision-making at the local, national and international scale.

Core to the UCL STEaPP’s approach is the concept of ‘action research’ and the principle of ‘co-production’ with academic, policy and industry partners. These principles extend across a series of key domains for current research: urbanisation; climate, energy and environment; humanitarianism and development; and the role of STEM in policy and policymaking.

Current projects and collaborations include international organisations such as the World Bank, UN-Habitat and UNECA; government bodies and national institutions like the Department of Energy and Climate Change and the Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology, as well as local communities and non-governmental associations.

About UCL

  • UCL was established in 1826 to open up education in England for the first time to students of any race, class or religion. UCL was also the first university to welcome female students on equal terms with men. 
  • Currently UCL is 5th in the QS World University Rankings and 4th in Europe in the Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic World Rankings.
  • UCL was ranked 4th in the UK by The Guardian (2013) for career prospects and 6th overall.
  • The average starting salary for UCL graduates in the UK and EU was £27,975 in 2011-12, a full 30% higher than the national average (£21,443). (HESA 2013)
  • UCL is one of the top five universities in the UK for graduate employability, and one of the top 20 worldwide. New York Times 2012
  • UCL’s central London location gives our students access not only to the best in entertainment and nightlife, but also to academic resources. We are close to, and have teaching and research links with, countless hospitals, museums, galleries, libraries and professional bodies.
  • Around 43% of our students come from 155 countries worldwide, and UCL has a friendly and cosmopolitan atmosphere

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