UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy


Professor Roger Pielke Jr. Inaugural Lecture: Institutions of Appropriate Expertise

23 November 2022, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

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Join Professor Roger Pielke Jr. for his inaugural lecture as Honorary Professor at UCL STEaPP - followed by a panel discussion and reception.

This event is free.

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G08 Sir David Davies LT
45: Roberts Building
Torrington Place
United Kingdom

Please note the change of date and room - details are as follows: 

Policy responses to COVID-19 around the world were characterised by a recent investigation as "a profound tragedy and a massive global failure."

This talk draws upon lessons learned in the pandemic for our management of that incredibly messy place where science, policy and politics collide.

Making more informed decisions, improving societal outcomes, and even rescuing democracy from itself, depends upon building new institutions of appropriate expertise.

Professor Pielke Jr.’s talk will be followed by a panel discussion with Professor Sarah Edwards (Professor of Bioethics, UCL STEaPP); Sarah Chaytor (Director of Research Strategy & Policy, UCL and Director of UCL Public Policy); Dr Luke Bevan (Research Associate, ZINC and STEaPP Doctoral alum); and moderated by Professor Joanna Chataway (Head of Department, UCL STEaPP).

The lecture will be followed by a reception.

About the Speaker

Professor Roger Pielke Jr.

at University of Colorado Boulder

Roger Pielke, Jr. has been on the faculty of the University of Colorado Boulder since 2001, where he teaches and writes on a diverse range of policy and governance issues related to science, technology, environment, innovation and sports. Roger is a professor in the  Environmental Studies Program. Roger is currently focusing his research on a NSF-sponsored, 16-country evaluation of science advice in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Roger holds degrees in mathematics, public policy and political science, all from the University of Colorado. In 2012 Roger was awarded an honorary doctorate from Linköping University in Sweden and was also awarded the Public Service Award of the Geological Society of America. In 2006, Roger received the Eduard Brückner Prize in Munich, Germany in 2006 for outstanding achievement in interdisciplinary climate research.

Roger has been a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan since 2016. From 2019 he has served as a science and economics adviser to Environmental Progress. Roger was a Fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences from 2001 to 2016. He served as a Senior Fellow of The Breakthrough Institute from 2008 to 2018. In 2007 Roger served as a James Martin Fellow at Oxford University’s Said Business School. Before joining the faculty of the University of Colorado, from 1993 to 2001 Roger was a Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

At the University of Colorado, Roger founded and directed both the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research and the Sports Governance Center. He also created and led the university’s Graduate Certificate Program in Science and Technology Policy, which has seen its graduates move on to faculty positions, Congressional staff, presidential political appointees and in positions in business and civil society.

His books include Hurricanes: Their Nature and Impacts on Society (with R. Pielke Sr., 1997, John Wiley, full text free as PDF), Prediction: Science, Decision Making and the Future of Nature (with D. Sarewitz and R. Byerly, 2001, Island Press), The Honest Broker: Making Sense of Science in Policy and Politics published by Cambridge University Press (2007), The Climate Fix: What Scientists and Politicians Won’t Tell you About Global Warming (2010, Basic Books). Presidential Science Advisors: Reflections on Science, Policy and Politics (with R. Klein, 2011, Springer), and The Edge: The War Against Cheating and Corruption in the Cutthroat World of Elite Sports (Roaring Forties Press, 2016). His most recent book is The Rightful Place of Science: Disasters and Climate Change (2nd edition, 2018, Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes).

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