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Jack Stilgoe

Senior Lecturer in Social Studies of Science

Biography

I work on science and technology policy, particularly the governance of science and emerging technologies and public engagement with science. My previous research was on the governance of geoengineering - defined by the Royal Society as the "deliberate, large-scale manipulation of the planetary environment”. I am currently interested in machine learning and self-driving cars. My recent thoughts on this are in blog form on The Guardian website and in longer form at papers.ssrn.com.
I was previously a senior research fellow at the University of Exeter, working on a framework for responsible innovation. I have spent my professional life in the overlap between science policy research and science policy practice, first here in STS, then at the think tank Demos, then at the Royal Society.
I am on the editorial board of Public Understanding of Science, a member of the Sciencewise steering group, advising the UK Government on public engagement with science, and a member of the Research Councils UK Public Engagement with Research Advisory Panel. I also advise the European Commission on responsible research and innovation through its ‘science with and for society’ expert group.
I have a PhD in Sociology of science, MSc in Science and technology policy and a BA (Hons) in Economics
There is more about me, including my publications, at my blog jackstilgoe.wordpress.com
I am part of a group that runs the Guardian Political Science blog
I am on Twitter @jackstilgoe

Modules

Dr Stilgoe has taught the following modules:
•    HPSC3036 Governing Emerging Technologies
•    HPSCGA47 Responsible Science and Innovation
•    HPSC1004 Introduction to Science Policy
•    BASC1002 Interdisciplinary Research Methods

Dr Jack Stilgoe

Dr Jack Stilgoe

Contacts

Appointments

  • Senior Lecturer
    Dept of Science & Technology Studies
    Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

Joined UCL

2012-09-01

Jack Stilgoe conducts research on the governance of emerging technologies, including genetically modified crops, nanotechnologies and, most recently, geoengineering. 

Dr Jack Stilgoe is a Lecturer in Social Studies of Science at Univeristy College London. He has spent his professional life in the overlap between science policy research and science policy practice, first at UCL’s department of Science and Technology Studies, then at the think tank Demos, then the Royal Society and most recently at the University of Exeter.

At Demos, he initiated and ran a range of projects, advising and working with organisations such as BIS, Defra, the Food Standards Agency, EPSRC, BBSRC, MRC, Practical Action, the Environment Agency, the European Space Agency, Unilever and Pfizer. At the Royal Society, he ran the study that produced the influential report The Scientific Century. He has published and presented his academic and policy research to audiences around the world. Working with academics, policymakers, the media and others, he has helped advance debates on emerging technologies, public engagement with science, the use of expert advice and the value of innovation.

He is on the editorial board of Public Understanding of Science, a member of the Government’s Sciencewise steering group and a Demos associate.