UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy


STEaPP in the news

STEaPP's diverse community of academics, policymakers, practitioners and science and engineering experts feature regularly in local, national and international media

May 2020

How your smart home devices can be turned against you

Dr Leonie Tanczer and Dr Irina Brass speak to BBC Future about how devices such as smart light bulbs and voice-controlled assistants also be used against someone as a form of domestic abuse. Read: BBC Future

April 2020

Coronavirus: governments knew a pandemic was a threat – here's why they weren't better prepared

Despite all the effort that goes into predicting disasters, governments have been bad at acting on what they were told, explains Dr Chris Tyler. Read: The Conversation

Dominic Cummings and SAGE: advisory group’s veil of secrecy has to be lifted

The notion of SAGE being independent appears nowhere in its 64 pages of guidelines. But the case for more transparency is obvious, writes Dr Chris Tyler. Read: The Conversation

Covid-19: The Internet of Things and Cybersecurity

The PETRAS National Centre of Excellence for IoT Systems Cybersecurity (PETRAS) is producing weekly short Landscape Briefings on Covid-19: The Internet of Things and Cybersecurity, including issues surrounding contact tracing applications in the UK. Read: STEaPP news

Academics must aid MPs’ scrutiny of Covid-19 policy

Dr Chris Tyler describes how researchers can help parliament do its job and looks at how the UK parliament uses science advice. Read: Research Professional, More: LSE Impact Blog 

Urban science advice and COVID-19 

Dr Carla Washbourne explains why effective urban science advice is critical for responding to crises like COVID-19. Read: STEaPP blog

Covid-19 shows why health and well-being should be an everyday target

Dr Julius Mugwagwa examines whether the Covid-19 pandemic will lead to political action in strengthening local health systems, especially in countries constrained by development challenges. Read: Africa at LSE blog

March 2020

How not to waste a crisis - possibilities for government after COVID-19

Coronavirus could turn out to be just be a one-off blip, with normal service resuming once the worst of it is over. But it could prove to be a step change that’s used to accelerate changes that were long overdue, writes Professor Geoff Mulgan. Read: Geoff Mulgan's blog

Coronavirus response shows science in motion

Professor Joanna Chataway and Professor Geoff Mulgan examine why crises demand agility in linking research to decision-making. Read: Research Professional

Coronavirus: why we need to consult engineers as well as scientists for solutions

Dr Adam Cooper asks where are the engineers in the UK governments response to Covid-19. Read: The Conversation

Covid-19 pandemic: raising the stakes for a ‘local health’ perspective

In the latest STEaPP Op-ed, Dr Julius Mugwagwa explains why global health also needs to be local - especially in light of the current Covid-19 pandemic. Read: STEaPP blog

Comment: the engineer and the environmentalist

Dr Carla Washbourne and Dr Jenny McArthur, look at how a more holistic engineering mindset will be key to addressing our 21st century challenges. Read: The Engineer

February 2020

What exactly constitutes harassment on Instagram?

Dr Leonie Tanczer looks at what constitutes harassment in our digital realm and whether our laws adequately cover the nuanced interactions of social media. Read: Refinery29

Housing policy as if young people mattered - and voted

A report co-authored by Dr Jenny McArthur for the Helen Clark Foundation outlines four policies that could make #housing more affordable in New Zealand and create a system that prioritises long-term affordability. Read: Newsroom

A holistic approach to reasoning about the security of critical infrastructure systems

Dr Uchenna D Ani says Security designs should not consider technical details alone but should capture the bigger picture of the co-interacting participants that provide critical services. Read: STEaPP blog

Neuromorphic computing: a hardware for a greener computing sector?

Florence Greatrix, Policy Impact Unit, examines what is neuromorphic computing - and whether it be the answer to meeting our increasing computing demands and achieving net zero. Read: Policy Postings

Regulating digital technology

Dr Irina Brass speaks to speaks to Quality Magazine about the challenges of developing standards and policies for emerging technologies, including some top tips for organisations wanting to manage cybersecurity and data protection. Read: Quality Magazine