Stephen Aldridge

Director for Analysis & Innovation and Chief Scientific Adviser at Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)

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Director for Analysis & Innovation and Chief Scientific Adviser, Department for Communities and Local Government
Policy Fellow Alum, Centre for Science and Policy

As Director for Analysis and Innovation at the Department for Communities and Local Government, Stephen Aldridge’s responsibilities cover strategic analysis of DCLG policy areas (including localism and decentralisation, local economic growth, housing and planning, cities, local public services, troubled families and other issues), and innovation (both developing new ways of working across the Department that promote innovation and creativity, and identifying and disseminating new ideas and thinking that could improve policy and deliver better for less). Stephen also leads on deregulation for DCLG.

A government economist as well as strategist by background, Stephen has worked in various Whitehall departments including the Cabinet Office, HM Treasury, the (former) Department for Trade and Industry, the (former) Department of the Environment and the Office of Fair Trading. In the Cabinet Office he worked in the Cabinet Secretariats and in the Strategy Unit (first as Chief Economist and then as Director). He was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath in the 2007 Birthday Honours list.

"CSaP arranged a two-day Policy Fellowship visit to Cambridge for me in February 2011. The programme of meetings they assembled was outstanding. I met people in many different parts of the University and in a wide range of disciplines. The discussions I had were enormously stimulating for me personally, insightful and relevant to many areas of the Department for Communities and Local Government. I only wish that the visit could have gone on for longer. I'm sure that what I've learned and the contacts I've made will be of huge value in the months and years ahead." (February 2011)

To read more about Stephen Aldridge's experience as a Policy Fellow at Cambridge, please click here.