Professor James Wilsdon

Professor of Research Policy at University of Sheffield, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Professor of Research Policy and Director of Impact and Engagement, Sheffield University
Chair, CSaP Research Advisory Board

Associate Fellow of the Centre for Science and Policy

James Wilsdon is Professor of Research Policy and Director of Impact and Engagement at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Sheffield University. Previously he was Professor of Science and Democracy at SPRU (Science & Technology Policy Research) at Sussex University and an Associate Fellow at NESTA.

From 2008-2011, he was the founding Director of the Science Policy Centre at the Royal Society, the UK's national academy of science, where he oversaw major studies on topics such as geoengineering, food security, science diplomacy and the future of the UK science and innovation system. Prior to this, he spent seven years as Head of Science and Innovation at the think tank Demos, where his publications included The Atlas of Ideas (2007), China: the next science superpower? (2007), The Public Value of Science (2005) and See-through Science (2004).

  • Projects

    Future Directions for Scientific Advice in Europe

    The second in a two-part collection, Future Directions for Scientific Advice in Europe was published in April 2015 and updated in June 2015 to take account of developments in the European Commission.

  • Projects

    Future Directions for Scientific Advice in Whitehall

    The first in a two-part collection of essays, Future Directions for Scientific Advice in Whitehall focuses on scientific advice in the United Kingdom. The collection was published following a series of seminars on that topic held in 2013, and was launched at the 2013 CSaP Annual Conference.

  • 14 April 2015, 6pm

    The role of evidence and analysis in effective policy making

    To commemorate 50 years since the death of Churchill and 75 years since he became Prime Minister, the Centre for Science and Policy and Churchill College are jointly organising a distinguished panel discussion to discuss the role of evidence and analysis in effective policy making.

  • 14 April 2015, 10am

    CSaP Annual Conference 2015

    This year our conference will explore opportunities for improving the way government accesses, assesses and makes use of expertise from the humanities, and offer examples of the significant contribution these disciplines have made to public policy.

  • In news articles

    Where next for scientific advice in Europe?

    On 27 April 2015 the report Future Directions for Scientific Advice in Europe was launched at a high-level summit in Brussels.

  • In news articles

    Is there a place for the humanities in climate change policy?

    A discussion on the multiple dimensions of climate change with a particular focus on the incorporation of the humanities featured three engaging speakers from backgrounds in both academia and the private sector. The session was chaired by Professor James Wilsdon, a lecturer in science policy at the University of Sussex.