Dr Steve Smith

Deputy Head of Science at Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

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Deputy Head of Science, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Policy Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy

Steve Smith is the Deputy Head of Science in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, a role he took up in October 2017. Before joining BEIS he was Head of Science at the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) where he was responsible for translating climate science into national policy advice and developing scenarios for low-carbon futures. Working at the CCC since 2008, Steve helped set the UK’s strategy to reduce emissions to 2050, and shaped policy across areas such as implementing the Paris Agreement, managing shale gas production and adapting to risks from a changing climate.

Steve has published in leading academic journals, contributed to TV and print media, and held a visiting scientist position at the Met Office. Previously he worked at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology. Steve holds a PhD in atmospheric physics from Imperial College London.