Harriet Wallace

Deputy Director, Air Quality and Industrial Emissions at Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

Deputy Director, Air Quality and Industrial Emissions at Defra
Policy Fellow Alum, Centre for Science and Policy

Before joining Defra, Harriet Wallace worked at the Treasury for over ten years. In her previous role as Deputy Director, Labour Markets and Distributional Analysis, she headed the team responsible for labour market economics and policy (including spending control for JobCentre Plus and DWP's Work Programme for long-term unemployed people) and the Treasury's published modelling of the distributional impacts of tax, benefits and public spending on households.

Before taking up these responsibilities, she held a series of posts including the Chancellor's private office, science and innovation policy and spending, EU-US economic relations during the UK's 2005 Presidency of the EU, strategy and coordination for international finance ministers' meetings, and handling Northern Rock during the financial crisis.

Harriet has also worked at Unilever on social and environmental responsibility, and in the Strategy team at the Department of Health where she led teams delivering the Public Health White Paper and two independent reviews on the role of the state in health and wellbeing, and how behavioural science can be applied in public health (see here).

She studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge, focusing on biology, history and philosophy of science, and has a Masters in History of Science from Harvard where she was a Kennedy scholar.

  • 28 June 2018, 9am

    Expertise, trust and public policy

    Expertise, trust and public policy. The 2018 CSaP Annual Conference will be held at the Royal Society on 28 June.

  • 2 December 2014

    Professional Development Policy Workshop for Behavioural Scientists

    In partnership with Cambridge Neuroscience, the Centre for Science and Policy is organising a workshop for early career researchers in neuroscience and behavioural sciences at the University of Cambridge. This event will take place at Downing College on the 2 December 2014.

  • In news articles

    CSaP Policy Workshop: Strategies to Reduce Air Pollution

  • In news articles

    Behaviour change, nudging and the nanny state

    The first session at CSaP's annual conference was chaired by Dr Helen Munn, Director of the Academy of Medical Sciences, and included world leading experts on behaviour change from the University of Cambridge, UCL and Defra.