Dr Ben Woden

Lead Operational Researcher at Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

Lead Operational Researcher, Defra
Junior Policy Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy

Ben Wōden is a Lead Operational Researcher in Defra’s Central Analysis and Insight Directorate.

Before taking up this role in January 2024, he worked at the UK Trade Remedies Authority (an Arm’s Length Body of the Department for Businesses and Trade) as Head of Evaluation & Research, following a previous stint at Defra in the Future Farming and Countryside Programme, where he led environmental science work on the Landscape Recovery Scheme.

He read Chemistry at the University of Reading, achieving an MChem and then a PhD, which focused on harnessing neutron reflectometry techniques to study chemical reactions that occur on the surface of cloud droplets that have been exposed to pollution from meat cooking and deep fat frying, and their impacts on air quality, weather, and climate change.

He also held a short fellowship during his PhD on the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee (House of Commons) as a Climate and Energy Specialist and worked for Shell Global Solutions as a Biofuels Researcher on the Year in Industry scheme.

  • 18 June 2024, 9:30am

    2024 CSaP Annual Conference

    The announcement of the General Election on 4 July offers a unique and timely opportunity for our conference speakers and participants to explore a wide spectrum of possibilities in areas such as innovation and productivity; healthcare and prevention; and nature recovery and climate. Academics and policy professionals will present their latest work and its implications for public policy.

  • 6 June 2023, 10am

    2023 CSaP Annual Conference: Science, evidence and public policy – the role of research in policymaking

    CSaP's 2023 Annual Conference will cover topics such as economic growth and productivity; innovation and societal challenges; learning lessons from the Covid-19 pandemic; behaviour change in health; climate & resilience; and decarbonisation and energy transition.