Dr Claire Craig

Provost at Queen's College Oxford

Provost, Queen's College, Oxford
Policy Fellow Alumna

Claire is currently the Provost at Queen's College Oxford. Previously, she was director of Science Policy at the Royal Society, a role that covers both science and education policy. She previously led the Government Office for Science which supports the Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor (GCSA), Sir Mark Walport. The GCSA’s role is to provide science and engineering advice direct to the Prime Minister and the Cabinet; to enhance the capacity to create, and use, science and engineering evidence across government departments.

Claire originally joined the Civil Service to run Foresight, a programme of science-based strategic futures projects, covering from flood risk to cognitive enhancers. While at Foresight, she was awarded a CBE for her work, and became a Faculty member of the World Economic Forum at Davos. Later she joined the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit, where she worked on the Capability Reviews of the Ministry of Defence and Cabinet Office; and became Director of strategy at the Office of Fair Trading and the Department of Trade and Industry.

Her earlier experiences mixed science, strategy and business, as they included strategy consultancy for energy, and financial service companies at McKinsey & Co, and running the Environment Group at the Confederation of British Industry.

Claire has a lifelong interest in science and learning. In her home town of Bristol she helped launch “At-Bristol”, a Millennium Commission-funded hands-on science centre and leisure destination. At different times she has been a Governor or Fellow at the University of the West of England, Newnham College, Cambridge, an FE College and a Special Educational Needs School in Hackney; and an NED on the board of a science-based business. Her first degree was in physics and she did a stint of post-Doctoral work in geophysics at the University of Texas at Austin. She loved Texas.

Claire has written the following books: 'How does government listen to scientists?' and 'Storylistening: Narrative, Evidence and Public Reasoning'.

To read about Claire's experience as a Policy Fellow in Cambridge see here.

  • 10 June 2021, 3pm

    How to be a science diplomat in Europe

    The Centre for Science and Policy is collaborating with the Berlin Center for Global Engagement of the Berlin University Alliance to organise a talk which will be delivered by Dr Jan Marco Müller – a former CSaP Policy Fellow, and the current Science & Technology Advisor in the European External Action Service (EEAS).

  • 23 March 2021, 5pm

    David Cleevely Annual Lecture: Professor Dame Angela McLean

    The inaugural lecture of the David Cleevely Annual Lecture Series will be delivered by Professor Dame Angela McLean, Chief Scientific Adviser, Ministry of Defence.

  • In news articles

    Science advice and government: one voice or many?

    Which scientific voices are heard in government? How does one voice or many shape information that is informing decision making? In a CSaP podcast episode, host Dr Rob Doubleday, was joined by Jon Agar, Professor of Science and Technology Studies at UCL, and Dr Claire Craig, Provost at The Queen's College, Oxford. 

  • In news articles

    Giving Advice to Government: Insights for Early Career Researchers

    How should researchers synthesise diverse evidence and construct compelling answers to policy questions? What are the differences between being an honest broker of information and an issue advocate? How can early-career researchers get involved with the world of policy?