David Mair

Head of unit A1 at European Commission

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Head of Unit, Science Advice to Policy, EC Joint Research Centre
Policy Fellow Alum, Centre for Science and Policy

David Mair has worked for the European Commission since 1995 and in the Joint Research Centre (the Commission's in-house science service) since 2011, as Head of Unit for science advice to policy across the Commission, with responsibilities also for foresight and horizon scanning.

From 1998 to 2011 he worked in DG Health and Consumers, involved in policy strategy, enforcement issues and consumer research, data and statistics. From 2007 to 2011 he was Head of Unit for consumer market monitoring and analysis, responsible for the Consumer Markets Scoreboard and work on consumer behaviour. Before the Commission he worked for the UK Treasury in Brussels and London, and has also worked in the City of London as a corporate financier and in the British Army. He studied History at Cambridge University. He is married with two daughters.

David's Policy Fellowship begins with a visit to Cambridge in the Michaelmas Term 2012 for discussions with leading researchers on how science and scientific evidence can be better integrated into policy making, and on the implications of recent findings from the behavioural sciences for policy making.

To read about David's experience as a Policy Fellow in Cambridge see here.