Dr Elta Smith


Independent Consultant

Dr Elta Smith is an experienced leader in science, food, and health policy research for UK, EU and international public, private and third sector organisations. She has specific experience in policy evaluation and impact assessment.

Until November 2019, Dr Smith was a Research Leader at RAND Europe. Her research interests include traceability and labelling in the food supply chain, better regulation, food safety, food security and the governance of science and technology.

She has many years of experience in policy evaluation in the areas of science and food policy. She has conducted research on the use of novel and controversial technologies in the food supply chain, including genetically modified foods and animal cloning.

Prior to joining RAND, Dr Smith worked for ICF International, conducting policy analysis and evaluation for UK, EU and international bodies. She is the recipient of a US National Science Foundation Fellowship, and the SV Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellowship in natural resource economics and political economy, University of California, Berkeley. She holds a Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard University and a B.A. in environmental science and policy from Barnard College, Columbia University.