Professor Brian Wynne

Emeritus Professor of Science Studies at Lancaster University

Emeritus Professor of Science Studies at the Centre for the Study of Environmental Change, Lancaster University

Professor Brian Wynne is Emeritus Professor of Science Studies at Centre for the Study of Environmental Change (CSEC) at Lancaster University. His research has covered technology and risk assessment, public risk perceptions, and public understanding of science, focusing on the relations between expert and lay knowledge and policy decision-making.

Professor Wynne has an MA (Natural Sciences, Cambridge 1968), PhD (Materials Science, Cambridge 1971), and MPhil (Sociology of Science, Edinburgh 1977). He was an Inaugural Member of the Management Board and Scientific Committee of the European Environment Agency, (EEA), (1994-2000) and a Special Adviser to the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee Inquiry into Science and Society, (March 2000) and a member of the London Royal Society's Committee on Science in Society. Wynne was awarded the John Desmond Bernal Prize by the Society for Social Studies of Science in 2010.

  • 11 June 2020, 9:30am

    CSaP Annual Conference Seminar Series 2020

    This year instead of holding a one-day annual conference in London, we will be delivering a series of virtual seminars in May and June on topics that CSaP and our network have worked on over the past year

  • 25 February 2016, 4pm

    How do research cultures develop and what makes a successful research culture?

    This Policy Workshop, in partnership with the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) will bring together researchers from the arts, humanities and social sciences with policy professionals from the research councils, learned societies and Whitehall.

  • In news articles

    Mountain Messages: Knowledge, Values, and Decision Making in the Himalayas

    Dr Hildegard Diemberger and Professor Brian Wynne led a discussion on the tensions between globalised and localised experiences of climate change in the final seminar of the Multiple Dimensions of Climate Change series.