UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies


Science Policy Work

Simon has engaged in science policy work for several years. He has worked on consultancy projects for the Wellcome Trust, the ESRC and the RSA

Governance of new technologies

I am currently working as part of a multidisciplinary research team working on a UCL Grand Challenges project on the Governance of Climate Change Technologies. The project is exploring the role of governance and public involvement in low-carbon technologies.  The project group published an article on "Public Participation and Climate Change Infrastructure" in the first 2013 issue of the Journal of Environmental Law. An accompanying policy briefing is available here.

In October 2012, I and colleagues held a lunchtime seminar at DECC for policymakers to brief them on our research findings.


As a PhD student Simon was, in 2005, the first of several ESRC funded students to be awarded an ESRC/OST Fellowship which allowed me to be seconded into the Science and Society Directorate within DIUS (now BIS) for four months. While there he worked towards the publication and launch of the OSI/MORI report ‘Science in Society’ (2005), prepared of briefing and publicity materials for the Science Minister and Chief Scientific Adviser, and liaised with other Whitehall Departments. He also spent the time working with policy-makers to examine current public engagement in science policy and develop OSI’s policy objectives in this area.

Royal Society

Simon was employed as the Science in Society Officer at the Royal Society in 2001. While there he worked as part of a small team to establish the MP/Scientist pairing scheme, set up the first national dialogue activities for the society and prepare internal and external briefings on public engagement in science.