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UCL's collective expertise draws on the subject-specific knowledge of our thousands of researchers and academic units. Here is a small selection of people and departments engaged in policy-relevant research.

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UCL researchers

  • Chris Rapley is Professor of Climate Science at UCL. He is the Chair of European Space Agency (ESA) Director General’s High Level Science Policy Advisory Committee and of London Climate Change Partnership
  • May Cassar is Professor of Sustainable Heritage and Director of the UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage. She currently directs the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology
  • Brian Collins is Professor of Engineering Policy at UCL, and is Director of the International Centre for Infrastructure Futures (ICIF)
  • Cheryl Thomas is Professor of Judicial Studies and Director of the UCL Jury Project
  • Jeremy Watson is Professor of Engineering Systems and Vice-Dean of Engineering Sciences at UCL, and also holds the post of Chief Scientist and Engineer at BRE
  • Sir Alan Wilson is UCL Professor of Urban and Regional Systems in the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis
  • Miranda Wolpert is Professor in Evidence Based Practice and Research and Founder and Director of the Evidence Based Practice Unit
  • Zeynep Engin is a Senior Research Associate at the Urban Dynamics Laboratory, focusing on the use of data by policymakers.
  • Michael Fell is based at the UCL Energy Institute. His work focuses on consumer energy use and the flexibility of energy demand.
  • Clemence Cavoli is a Research Associate in the Centre for Transport Studies. Her work looks at the links between policy and planning and she has examined transformative governance for cities.

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UCL academic units

  • The UCL Centre for Behaviour Change is a unique initiative, harnessing the breadth and depth of academic expertise in behaviour change at UCL to address key challenges facing society
  • The UCL Constitution Unit conducts timely, rigorous, independent research into constitutional change and the reform of political institutions
  • The EPPI-Centre is a specialist centre which is committed to informing policy and professional practice with sound evidence, through systematic reviews, and focusing on the study of and training for research use
  • The UCL Energy Institute delivers world-leading learning, research and policy support on the challenges of climate change and energy security, drawing on expertise from across UCL, to make a truly cross-disciplinary contribution to the development of a globally sustainable energy system
  • The UCL Transport Institute provides a hub for transport research across UCL and fosters cross-disciplinary transport research
  • The purpose of UCL STEaPP is to explore, experiment with and improve the ways scientific and engineering expertise and knowledge are engaged with public decision-making and policy processes across all levels, sectors and cultures of globally interdependent societies
  • The City Leadership Laboratory investigates and responds to pressing concerns about the future of cities and the role of city leadership in the 21st Century. The Lab has an eye at informing practice, scholarship and education for the ‘next generation’ of city leaders.
  • The Child Policy Research Unit considers health in its broadest sense, recognising the many agencies and services involved, and that children’s health is shaped by their families, communities, local resources, and the wider economic and cultural climate
  • The UCL Institute of Health Equity was launched in 2011 to increase health equity through action on the social determinants of health
  • All four of the UK’s national birth cohort studies are housed at UCL, forming the largest concentration of birth cohort expertise in the world