Head of Policy, Wellbeing, The Royal Society
Continuing Policy Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy
Emma Woods is Head of Policy at the Royal Society, the UK's national academy of science. She works with some of the world's most distinguished scientists to provide expert, timely and independent advice to policymakers. She leads the Society’s ‘Wellbeing’ theme, which explores the wellbeing of living systems and currently focuses on food and agriculture, the future of genetic technologies, and the interface between health and the environment.
In previous roles at the Society Emma has advised the UK government on the environmental risks of fracking, advised the UN on how to build people's resilience to extreme weather, and worked on issues as diverse as climate engineering, synthetic biology and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. She regularly contributes to the Society's policy blog (In Verba) and audio podcast (R.Science), and tweets about her work as @sdoowamme.
Emma's interest in the relationship between people and the planet has taken her all over the world. She has previously worked for the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, the Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development, and WWF Madagascar. She also has teaching experience in the UK and China, and is a Fellow of the Westminster Abbey Institute.
During her two degrees at Oxford University – MA (Oxon) in Biological Sciences and MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management – she conducted her own research on tarsiers in Indonesia, and on forest conservation, rural livelihoods and participatory video in Tanzania. She will happily talk at length about life in the jungle.