Our team have experience of both academia and public policy, know how to speak both ‘languages’ and enjoy building links between the two
Dr Chris Tyler is Director of Research and Policy in UCL Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (UCL STEaPP), where he leads STEaPP’s policy programmes and explores how policy makers use scientific evidence.
Prior to joining STEaPP, Chris spent five years as Director of the UK’s Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) and before that was the first Executive Director of the Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP) at the University of Cambridge.
Chris has a degree in anthropology from the University of Durham and a PhD in biological anthropology from the University of Cambridge. He sits on the Board of the Campaign for Social Science and the Council of the Royal Anthropological Institute.
Jenny is Public Policy Manager for UCL STEaPP. Her major interest lies in improving engagement and knowledge exchange at the interface between research and policy.
Prior to joining UCL, Jenny was the Centre Manager for the Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand at the University of Sussex. Before that, she was a Senior Specialist to the House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee. She has also worked as a Research Fellow for IPPR and for an international NGO based in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Jenny holds an MProf in Leadership for Sustainable Development from Forum for the Future / Middlesex University and an MChem in Chemistry from the University of Oxford.
Florence joined UCL as a Policy Adviser for UCL STEaPP in November 2018. She is interested in ensuring that policy is informed by evidence, and has a particular focus on policy areas relating to science, technology and engineering.
Prior to joining UCL, Florence was a Policy Officer at the Institute of Physics. She has also previously worked in public affairs at the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Florence holds an MSc in Oceanography from the University of Southampton and a BSc in Environmental Sciences from the University of East Anglia.
Penny joined UCL as a Policy Advisor for STEaPP in April 2019, where she is working with two large EPSRC-funded Hub projects based in the Department of Biochemical Engineering. She is interested in bridging the gap between scientists and policy makers to enable public policy development to be underpinned by evidence.
Rita joined as a Policy Adviser for UCL STEaPP in March 2020. She strives to make science more open, collaborative and efficient. She has a special interest in science for society and believes this can be achieved through better engagement with the stakeholders and a more frequent and healthier use of participatory approaches in the decision-making processes.
Prior to joining the PIU, Rita was Research Manager at the UCL Institute of Making. She has also worked at the Scientific Advice Mechanism of the European Commission as Bluebook trainee.
Rita is currently finishing a PhD in Ophthalmology at UCL. She holds an MSc in Biomedical Engineering and a BSc in Bioengineering from the University of Porto.