Dr Robert Doubleday
Executive Director, Centre for Science and Policy
Robert Doubleday was appointed Executive Director of CSaP in September 2012.
Previously he established CSaP's research programme. His own academic work is concerned with understanding the role of science and technology in contemporary societies, in particular the relationship between scientific advice, policy and democracy. His research develops collaborative methods of working with scientists and engineers on the public policy dimensions of their research.
In 2010 Robert spent a year on secondment to the Government Office for Science, working on policies to promote engagement between academia and government. Robert was the principal investigator of a three-year Wellcome Trust funded project that studied the policy and public dimensions of nanotechncology research. He has published widely on public engagement with science, especially in the context of emerging technologies, and on public policy dimensions of scientific knowledge.
Robert has a degree in Chemistry from Imperial College, London; an MSc in Science and Technology Policy from SPRU, University of Sussex; and a PhD in Geography and Science & Technology Studies from University College London. He studied at the Harvard Kennedy School on a Fulbright Scholarship and is an Honorary Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of Environmental Change, University of Lancaster.