UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy



Our research brings together academic, governmental, civil society and industry partners to deliver radical solutions to the challenges facing our societies today


STEaPP draws together expertise on the technical and analytic tools of the natural and engineering sciences, as well as the frameworks of social/political science and policy analysis that help illuminate and understand the societal systems through which knowledge flows (or doesn’t) and in which it is used (or not).


STEaPP aims to foster research that directly engages external decision-makers, policymakers and practitioners who seek to leverage science and engineering knowledge towards improving their communities’ wellbeing. 

Academic staff within STEaPP are also strongly encouraged to develop collaborations with colleagues from other UCL departments and research units. Collaborations that add substantive policy dimensions to large research programmes and projects are especially encouraged, as are those that draw upon UCL’s world-class policy, laws and social science expertise in technically-grounded policy analyses. 

Our expertise

Faculty within the department have a range of expertise in policy focused areas, such as:

  • mapping and evaluation of social and technical knowledge systems, particularly as applicable for a diverse array of public decision-making and policy processes;
  • evaluation methods (technical and social) for large and complex technological (or socio-technological) systems;
  • delivery and critical analysis of engagement methods for bridging between expert and decision/policy communities (scenarios, integrated assessments, advisory panels, etc.);
  • governance and public policy processes, especially at (a) local (town, city, state, region, etc) and (b) international levels;
  • policy analysis frameworks and methods for addressing policy problems with significant science and engineering dimensions (particularly including models of risk and resilience, and operations analysis and research);
  • public innovation systems, particularly at national through international scales;
  • role of science and engineering in international affairs and diplomacy;
  • regulatory and policy instruments, particularly for policy problems with significant science and engineering dimensions.