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Smallman, Melanie

Melanie is currently a Fellow in the Science, Technology and Society Programme at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and is a deputy director of the Responsible Research and Innovation hub at UCL.

She recently submitted her Phd thesis 'What has been the impact on policy of ten years of public dialogue on science and technology'. 

Melanie is also founder and Director of the UK's first science communication consultancy, Think-Lab and has led a number of innovative science communication and science policy projects. For 8 years she provided communications advice to Defra's chief scientific adviser. This included advising on communications and media relations around the foot and mouth disease and avian influenza outbreaks, as well as launching and editing Defra's science magazine Elements. Melanie was also Project Director of SmallTalk, organising a series of public dialogue events on nanotechnology and was a Dialogue and engagement specialist for ScienceWise, specialising in using mainstream and digital media to encourage debate. She was a member of the Nanotechnology engagement group which provided advice to the UK government and has also advised the OECD and the European commission on nanotechnology policy.

Melanie is also Chair of SERA, The Labour Party's Environment campaign and has worked closely with labour politicians on environmental policy development both in government and opposition. She has co-written a book on community energy with former shadow energy minister Caroline Flint MP and is a member of Labour's National Policy Forum. She was a Labour Councillor in London for 10 years and a parliamentary candidate in 2005.

Publications and presentations
Peer reviewed papers

Smallman(2014) Public Understanding of Science in turbulent times III: Deficit to dialogue, champions to critics

Enscot (2003) The European Network of Science Communication Teachers. Public Understanding of Science 12: 161-183.

Other publications
Lincoln, P., Jöborn, A., Smallman M., Thornber, K. and Westberg L.(Alphabetical author list). (2010). An Assessment of the Lessons learned in the communication and dissemination of emerging scientific issues to environmental policymakers. Environment Agency, UK.

Smallman, M (2009). Getting Heard - A Writing Guide for Scientists and Engineers in Government. Government Office of Science, Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.

Smallman, M (2009). Working with the Media. Sciencewise Expert Resource Centre, Department of Business Innovation and Skills.

Smallman, M., Nieman, A. (2006) SmallTalk, Lessons in discussing nanotechnologies.

Conference papers

Smallman, M. Magnusson, KS. (2012) The problem with symmetry of learning in public dialogue about nanotechnology. Science in Public Conference. London, UK.

Smallman M. (2010) Lessons learned in the communication and dissemination of emerging scientific issues to environmental policymakers. PCST 2010, Delhi, India.

Smallman M. ( 2008) Smalltalk: Discussions between scientists and the public
OECD Conference on Nanotechnology and the Public, Delft October 2008.

Smallman M. (2008) Communicating environmental science in digital media. Communicate Conference, Bristol. October 2008.

Smallman, M., Wilson R. Influencing policy. (2005) British Science Association Science Communicators Conference 2005.


Can science be part of the solution if it is part of the problem? Guardian, February 2015

We need a Science Fit for the Challenges of Our Future Guardian 2 August 2013.

Let's be Clear about Science Education and Engagement (with Simon Lock). Guardian 8 July 2013.

Beyond the ringfence Research Fortnight 28 March 2013.

View from the top: In Mammon we trust. Could banker bonuses benefit research? Research fortnight 15 February 2012

View of the budget: The ‘safeguarded’ science budget provides no safety at all. Research fortnight 16 March 2011

Greens bury their heads in sands of technology. Research fortnight, October 2011.

Melanie Smallman


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