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All Staff

The Department of Science Technology Engineering and Public Policy consists of staff with expertise from management and leadership, acdemic, research and professional services.

Senior Leadership

Jason Blackstock Dr Jason Blackstock
Head of Department
Senior Lecturer, Science and Global Affairs
Kelly Lawless Kelly Lawless
Department Manager: Department Operations 
Prof Arthur Petersen Professor Arthur Petersen
Professor of Science, Technology and Public Policy
Deputy Head of Department (Interim)
Director of Doctoral Studies
Graduate Research Tutor
Dr Kira Matus Dr Kira Matus
Deputy Head of Department (on maternity leave)
Senior Lecturer in Innovation and Sustainability
Michele Acuto Dr Michele  Acuto
Senior Lecturer, Global Networks & Diplomacy
Research Director
Dr Laura Diaz Anadon Dr Laura Diaz Anadon
Visiting Senior Lecturer in Science, Technology, Innovation and Public Policy
Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti
Director of Strategy
Honorary Professor
Professor Yacob Mulugetta Professor Yacob Mulugetta
Professor of Energy and Development Policy
Director of MPA Programme

Academic and Research Staff

Michele Acuto Dr Michele  Acuto
Senior Lecturer in Global Networks & Diplomacy
Research Director
Dr Laura Diaz Anadon Dr Laura Diaz Anadon
Visiting Senior Lecturer in Science, Technology, Innovation and Public Policy
Dr Francesca Artioli Dr Francesca Artioli
Research Associate in Urban Governance 
Mairi Black Dr. Mairi J. Black
Research Associate in Resources and Energy Analysis
Jason Blackstock Dr Jason Blackstock
Head of Department 
Senior Lecturer in Science and Global Affairs
Rocio Carrero Dr Rocio Carrero
Research Associate in City Leadership Initiative
Adam Cooper Dr Adam Cooper
Lecturer in Social Science and Public Policy
Ellie Cosgrave Dr Ellie Cosgrave
Research Associate, Liveable Cities
Tom Dolan Dr Tom Dolan
Research Associate, International Centre for Infrastructure Futures (ICIF)
Dr Abbi Hobbs Dr Abbi Hobbs
Senior Research Associate
Head of Social Science Section, POST
Seconded full-time to Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST)
Dr Caroline Kenny Dr Caroline Kenny
Research Associate
Social Science Section, POST
Seconded full-time to Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST)
Dr Kira Matus Dr Kira Matus
Deputy Head of Department (Maternity leave)
Senior Lecturer in Innovation and Sustainability
Mika Morissette Mika Morissette
City Health Diplomacy Intern
Professor Yacob Mulugetta Professor Yacob Mulugetta
Professor of Energy and Development Policy
Director of MPA Programme
Prof Arthur Petersen Professor Arthur Petersen
Professor of Science, Technology and Public Policy
Deputy Head of Department (Interim)
Director of Doctoral Studies
Graduate Research Tutor
Professor Graeme Reid Professor Graeme Reid
Visiting Professor of Science and Research Policy  
Dr Kate Roach
Dr Kate Roach
Senior Teaching Fellow for Undergraduate Programmes
Lily Song Dr Lily Song
Provost Fellow
Dr Ann Thorpe Dr Ann Thorpe
MPA Programme Officer
Jane Tinkler Jane Tinkler
Senior Research Associate
Head of Social Science Section, POST
Seconded full-time to Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST)
Long Seng To Long Seng To
Research Fellow, AGRICEN
Carla-Leanne Washbourne Carla-Leanne Washbourne
Provost Fellow and Lecturer in Environmental Science & Policy
Jeremy Watson Professor Jeremy Watson
Professor of Engineering Systems

Visiting and Honorary Staff

Dr Greg Clark Professor Greg Clark
Visiting Professor
Andrew Chilvers Dr Andrew Chilvers
Honorary Lecturer 
User icon Dr Jo Dally
Honorary Lecturer
Dr Miles Elsden Dr Miles Elsden
Honorary Professor
Dr Ken Gabriel Dr Ken Gabriel
Visiting Professor
User icon Dr Iain Gillespie
Visiting Professor
Regina Gusmao Dr Regina Pinto De Gusmao
Visiting Research Fellow
Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti
Honorary Professor
User icon Dr Andres Sevtsuk
Visiting Professor
Dr Shanna Marrinan Dr Shanna Marrinan
Honorary Research Associate
Annegret Stephen Miss Annegret Stephen
Visiting Research Student 
Dr Pable Suarez Dr Pablo Suarez
Honorary Senior Lecturer
User icon Dr Vaughan C. Turekian
Honorary Senior Lecturer
User icon Dr Chris Tyler
Honorary Senior Lecturer
User icon Dr Marten van Aalst
Honorary Senior Lecturer
Dr Masaru Yarime Dr Masaru Yarime
Honorary Reader

Professional Services

 

Naomi Britton

Professional and Executive Education Coordinator
n.britton@ucl.ac.uk +44(0)20 3108 9073

Naomi joined STEaPP in April 2016 as part of the newly established Policy Institute and is responsible for developing and delivering STEaPP's portfolio of distinctive professional and executive education courses.

Since graduating, Naomi has worked in higher education for 9 years in a variety of roles including organising intensive executive education courses at the Pharmaceutical Sciences Department, King's College London and most recently managing the executive suite at Queen Mary University of London. This included the flagship bespoke course; ‘Leadership and Collaborative Policymaking’ which was delivered on behalf of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to senior professionals and officials from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Naomi was also responsible for marketing and launching Queen Mary's MPA programme.

Robert Ebsworth

Robert Ebsworth

Finance Officer
r.ebsworth@ucl.ac.uk +44(0)20 3108 9023

Robert has joined STEaPP in April 2015 and he was previously in UCL BEAMS Finance for 6 years. As Finance Officer he administers the finances in STEaPP  and will be the point of contact for the day to day financial requirements for STEaPP. Robert is supporter of non-league football supporting Welling United and is an active member of the supporter association. 

 

Joseph Fitzsimons

Senior Teaching and Learning Administrator
J.fitzsimons@ucl.ac.uk +44 (0)203 108 9425

Joe provides administrative support for all aspects of the Masters in Public Administration programme, including admissions and general programme administration.

Sam King

Sam King

PA to Senior Staff
sam.king@ucl.ac.uk   +44 (0)20 3108 9419

Sam joined STEaPP in Sept 2013 and is PA to Brian Collins and Jeremy Watson, and Assistant to Adam Cooper, Kira Matus, Arthur Petersen and Neil Morisetti. Before coming to STEaPP, Sam worked at University of Westminster Law School as the PA to the Dean for six and a half years. On a personal note Sam is an avid knitter, loves to read, and has a great interest in true crime and forensics.

Kelly Lawless

Kelly Lawless

Department Manager: Department Operations k.lawless@ucl.ac.uk  +44 (0)20 3108 9426

Appointed on secondment as Department Manager in October 2014, Kelly has now been confirmed as STEaPP’s permanent department manager for operations. Working part-time, Kelly is sharing the role of department manager with Bethia Reith, who having returned form maternity leave will be focussing on establishing STEaPP’s Policy Institute. 

As a member of STEaPP's Management Team, Kelly is responsible for managing the enabling pillars to support the department's  strategic objectives.  Broadly speaking these are research, finance, HR, teaching, internal communications and estates/facilities. Bethia will be primary contact for The Policy Institute. However, as a shared role both will have oversight of each other's focus areas.  If in doubt as to where to direct your enquiry please feel free to contact Kelly in the first instance.

As of January 2016 Kelly’s office hours will be on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.  

Previously, Kelly was the coordinator for the EPSRC/ESRC-funded International Centre for Infrastructure Research  as well as STEaPP's Research Coordinator working closely with the Research Director, Dr Michele Acuto,  Kelly’s background is research administration and research project management based in a university environment in UCL and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.  On a personal front, Kelly has two small children, which happily fill most of her time.

Steve Morrison

Steve Morrison

Research Co-ordinator
s.morrison@ucl.ac.uk +44 (0)20 3108 5952

Steve joined STEaPP in November 2014 as a Research Co-ordinator and supports staff submitting funding applications. Previously to working in STEaPP, Steve worked for funding bodies Research Councils UK (RCUK) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). This involved him working on their responsive mode schemes as well as the Connected Communities and Care For the Future themes. Outside work, Steve plays the bass guitar, is an avid film watcher and watching his favourite football team, Leeds United, mostly lose.

Susanne Namer-Waldenstrom

Susanne Namer-Waldenstrom

PA to Academic Staff
s.namer@ucl.ac.uk  +44 (0)20 3108 9421

Susanne is the PA to Michele Acuto and Jason Blackstock as well as Project Administrator for research project UCL City Leadership Studio. Before joining STEaPP, Susanne was doing events & charity management for Scudamore's Punting Company in Cambridge. Prior to that, Susanne obtained a BSc in Anthropology from UCL, where her main interests were in cultural food identity and post-9/11 religious warfare, followed by an MPhil from Cambridge in Archaeological Heritage and Museums, where she researched pub heritage in the UK. Outside of work, Susanne enjoys the cinema, hiking, theme parks and travelling. 

Loy Phillips

Ms. Phillips

EA Dr. Jason Blackstock, Head of Department

PA to Rear Admiral, Neil Morisetti, Director of Strategy

l.phillips@ucl.ac.uk  +44 (0)20 3108 9420

Ms. Phillips joined STEaPP in August 2013.  Recent posts include Assistant Director at the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information and Coordinating Producer for ETV. 

Alan Seatwo

Alan Seatwo

Learning Technologist

a.seatwo@ucl.ac.uk +44 (0)20 3108 9091

Alan joined STEaPP in April 2015 as Learning Technologist and supports the department designing and developing online, blended, and face-to-face courses to multi-channel learners. Alan is Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and he is also a qualified librarian, graphic designer & project manager. Before joining UCL, Alan worked in Edge Hill University (2014 Times Higher Education Awards University of the Year), English Schools Foundation in Hong Kong & Liverpool City Council. Away from his full-time work, he plays a key role in the Liverpool Chinese Community and has organised a number of projects focusing on cultural identity, community cohesions, community safety, physical regeneration, capacity building & trading with China. His other interests are traveling and motorcycling.

Research Students

Armela Dino

Armela Dino

DPA Student
57594 (020 3108 5794)
armela.dino.15@ucl.ac.uk

Armela Dino is a science policy analyst working at the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. She began her career at the European Office of the Ministry of Science and Education in 2007. She was coordinator of the FP7 project Science against Poverty (GA 130510) in 2010.

She graduated with a BA in Marketing, French and Spanish from University of Surrey Roehampton in 2004 and an MA in International Development from University of Complutense Madrid in 2006.

Armela Dino was granted the Chartered Institute of Marketing scholarship and the Gerhard Weiler Award for impressive performance during her studies. As a professional she received the Certificate of Recognition from the Ministry of Science and Innovation for her distinguished contribution during the Spanish Presidency of the EU.

Born in Albania, Armela holds a dual Spanish-Albanian citizenship  and has had work experience not only in the EU, but Senegal, Benin, Sierra Leone, Cameroon and Palestine as well. She has a strong passion for making possible an equitable and sustainable living in a fair global environment.

At UCL Armela will research on science policy, institutional behaviour and international development.

Enora Robin

Enora Robin

PhD Student
57381 (020 3108 7381)
enora.robin.15@ucl.ac.uk


Enora is a researcher in urban planning and innovation policy and she is currently pursuing a PhD in cities, network and knowledge management, investigating urban governance structures and the role of transnational actors in land use and planning. She is also working as a researcher for the New Urban Governance project at LSE Cities.

She has experience in applying both quantitative and qualitative research methods to the analysis of urban development strategies and innovation policy. Before joining the City Leadership Initiative, Enora worked as an Analyst in the Innovation Health and Science group at RAND Europe, focusing on development, health and innovation policy and research evaluation. She also has experience of working for public and not-for-profit organisations in France, Chile and in the UK. Her research focuses on the use of Social Network Analysis to better understand decision making for urban policy in developed and developing countries.

Enora holds a B.A. in Public Policy and Economics and a Masters in Economics from Sciences Po Rennes and an Msc in Local Economic Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her areas of interest cover urban planning, local governance, innovation policy, and network analysis. She is fluent in French, English and Spanish.

Cristina Romanelli

Cristina Romanelli

DPA Student
57380 (020 3108 7380)
cristina.romanelli.15@ucl.ac.uk

Cristina Romanelli coordinates the work of the United Nations Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on biodiversity and human health, carried out under the CBD joint work programme with the World Health Organization. Her work focuses on global policy development, international cross-sectoral partnerships, capacity development and interdisciplinary research at the science-policy interface to mainstream biodiversity and human health in national policies. She has led regional capacity-building workshops on biodiversity and health involving almost 50 countries across the Americas and Africa, was lead coordinating author of the WHO-CBD state of knowledge review, Connecting Global Priorities: Biodiversity and Human Health and co-author of the report of The Rockefeller Foundation-Lancet Commission on Planetary Health.

Prior to joining the CBD in 2010, for 9 years she was a senior sustainability consultant specialized in regulatory energy policy and climate change, representing clients in over 35 energy regulatory proceedings across North America. She holds an MSc in Environmental Impact Assessment from Concordia University, an MA in International Relations from the University of Amsterdam and is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Italian.

Her doctoral research focuses on the science-policy interface of One Health (ecosystem, wildlife and human health) in global policy development.

John Taylor

John Tyler

PhD Student
57593 (020 3108 5793)
john.tyler.15@ucl.ac.uk

John is a part-time doctoral researcher in UCL STEaPP, supervised by Professor Arthur Petersen.

After 30 years working in state education as a teacher, head teacher and consultant, John changed career to become a freelance editor of manuscripts ranging from children’s fiction to academic monographs. This also created time to follow academic dreams, and led to a Bachelor of Science through the Open University (2010).

John’s interests are wide-ranging and interdisciplinary. His current fascination is in the field of science for policy at sub-national levels. He is particularly interested in whether policy makers would benefit from education in how to recognise the variation in the quality of evidence with which they are presented.

Michael Veale

Michael Veale

PhD Student
m.veale@ucl.ac.uk
+44(0)20 3108 9736

Michael’s research focusses on building new, integrated, sociotechnical tools (methods, software and guidelines) to assess the impact of machine-learning algorithms that make societal decisions. He is supervised by Dr. Jason Blackstock (UCL STEaPP) and Prof. Anthony Finkelstein (Alan Turing Institute and HM Government).

Prior to moving to UCL STEaPP as part of research on science advice to policy, science diplomacy, and cross-university work on the Internet of Things (IoT), he worked at the European Commission (DG Health and Food Safety) on international academic-practitioner relations in the area of ageing and the IoT, as a visiting data analyst and visualisation specialist at Bonsucro, a metric sustainability certification for sugarcane and bioethanol, and as a technology researcher on EU-Japan cooperation at the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation.

Michael holds degrees in government and economics from LSE (BSc, 2013), and sustainability, science and public policy from Maastricht University (MS, 2014). He tweets at @mikarv, and a longer biography and publication list can be found at http://michae.lv.

Jeremy Webb

Jeremy Webb

PhD Student
57379 (020 3108 7379)
jeremy.webb.15@ucl.ac.uk

Jeremy Webb is a doctoral student at UCL STEaPP. Prior to joining STEaPP Jeremy spent over 15 years working on environmental-economic data collection and compilation, along with applications related to water, energy, emissions, minerals and climate change.  

Experiences include groundwater data monitoring and field work with Environment Canterbury, as well as the compilation of environmental-economic accounts for energy, minerals and energy related emissions while at Statistics New Zealand. Jeremy spent the last 10 years with the United Nations.  This includes 5 years with the United Nations Statistics Division in New York working on environment statistics and environmental-economic accounting.  More recently Jeremy was based in Addis Ababa with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa where he helped establish the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC), the ClimDev-Africa Programme as well as the African Minerals Development Centre (AMDC).

Jeremy's research at UCL STEaPP is focused on the question of how countries can achieve their national development goals in a carbon and climate constrained world.

For more information on Jeremy, please see his LinkedIn profile: www.linkedin.com/pub/jeremy-webb/23/6b8/18/

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