UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy




Our research brings together academic, governmental, civil society and industry partners to tackle the pressing opportunities and challenges facing our societies today.

Read about research at STEaPP or browse current projects below.

Current projects

icif International Centre for Infrastructure Futures (ICIF) is creating a shared, facilitated learning environment in which social scientists, engineers, industrialists, policy makers and other stakeholders can research and learn together to understand how better to exploit the technical and market opportunities that emerge from the increased interdependence of infrastructure systems. 
Liveable Cities Liveable Cities is an ambitious, five-year programme of research to develop a method of designing and engineering low carbon, resource secure, wellbeing maximised UK cities. The UCL STEaPP team is specifically responsible for research on policy and governance for liveable cities.
decc-small LUKES (Longitudinal UK Energy Survey) is a project on the feasibility of a large-scale UK longitudinal panel of energy use in homes with the aim of advising HM Government and the Research Councils UK on whether such a study is a cost effective investment. The study examined the case for such a panel – named LUKES (the Longitudinal UK Energy Survey) - as well as the design and methods needed to execute it. 
City Leadership Lab The City Leadership Laboratory responds to pressing concerns about the future of cities and city leadership in the 21st century. The Lab's flagship initiative, the two-year "Urban Connections”project, focuses on developing a global survey of city leadership and strategic urban plans with an eye at informing practice, scholarship and education for the ‘next generation’ of city leaders. The Lab also carries out a suite of other thematic initiatives in partnership with key urban stakeholders, surveying issues like place promotion and city networking, urban safety and city diplomacy.
IPCC The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has involved several of UCL STEaPP’s academic staff over the past several years. The Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) cycle of the IPCC has involved staff as government delegates, members of Scientific Steering Groups, report authors and facilitators
AGRICEN Agro-industries and clean energy in Africa (AGRICEN) is a five-year research programme exploring how agro-industries in sub-Saharan Africa could contribute to improving rural energy access.