UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy


Global Policy Fellows

Global Policy Fellows is an exciting programme which brings together selected international policy-makers with academics and UK-based policy professionals for a week of knowledge exchange activities

The UCL Global Policy Fellows programme was developed to create an international network connecting policy professionals who are making ‘on-the-ground’ decisions with academics whose knowledge is essential to making good decisions. The week-long knowledge exchange programme brings together international policy professionals with UK-based academics and policymakers to explore solutions to ‘live’ policy challenges.

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The theme for each programme is created around one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals . As well as sharing the latest cutting-edge thinking from UCL research, the programme aims to spark new ideas, build connections and create new relationships between UCL and policy professionals from all over the world. Our focus is to work with Official Development Assisted (ODA) countries around the world.

The Fellows develop networks that we hope will have a long-term impact throughout their careers, as well as benefiting UCL by deepening our international policy connections with thought leaders. The programme provides Fellows and UCL researchers with an opportunity to meet during one-to-one meetings and networking events. The programme promotes knowledge exchange in both directions to allow UK participants to learn as much from the Fellows as they will learn from their visit.

All Fellows are asked to submit key questions and challenge topics as part of the application process. The itinerary is then developed based on the specific interest areas of participants and tailored to their specific challenge areas.

Get in touch if you are a UCL academic with an idea for how a future programme could be planned around your research

Global Policy Fellows 2019

The first Global Policy Fellows programme took place from 1 to 5 July 2019 in London. Focusing on Future Cities, the week tackled a number of challenges associated with rapid urbanisation and the need to make cities more sustainable and resilient.

Global Policy Fellows 2019

The Fellows began their week with a city-to-city knowledge exchange workshop, during which each participant shared short presentations on urban development challenges in their home city before opening up the session for discussion. This was followed by a workshop on developing meaningful partnerships and how these can help to deliver more sustainable and resilient cities, which included attendees from civil society, the private sector and academia.

The programme involved a number of site visits across London, enabling the cohort to review first-hand how urban development initiatives are being implemented across the capital. This included a visit to the Greater London Authority and Transport for London to discuss the Mayor for London’s London Plan and the Transport Strategy, a tour of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park by Dr Clare Melhuish, Director UCL Urban Laboratory, and a visit to Vauxhall Nine Elms with Professor Jennifer Robinson, UCL Geography.

The report from the workshop of developing meaningful partnerships is available here.

The 2019 Global Policy Fellows were:

  • Rafeef Abdel Razek, Urban Development Specialist, World Bank
  • Sehyr Anis, Deputy Project Manager, Punjab Tourism for Economic Growth Project, Government of Punjab
  • Faezah Ayub, Programme Manager, Think City Malaysia
  • Soon-Aik Chiew, Special Assistant to Chairman, Smart City advisory council, Melaka City
  • Norliza Hashim, Chief Executive Officer, Urbanice Malaysia (CLBG of Ministry of Urban Well-being, Housing and Local Government, Malaysia)
  • Tricia Hackett, Advisor on sustainable urban development, International Urban Cooperation-North America
  • Dr Neil Khor, Special Advisor to the Executive Director, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat)
  • Nancy Lozano Gracia, Senior Economist, Urban, Rural and Social Global Practice (GSURR) in the Latin America and Caribbean Region, World Bank
  • Paul Lim Pay Chuan, Council Member, Smart City Advisory Council, Melaka City
  • Kamisah Mohd Ghazali, Senior Vice President, Planning and Compliance, Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA)
  • Kayleen Simpson, Policy Analyst for Transport, Planning and Urban management, City of Cape Town