Harriet Wallace

Sustainability Strategy Director at Imperial College London

Sustainability Strategy Director, Imperial College London
Policy Fellow Alumna, Centre for Science and Policy

Harriet Wallace was previously the Director of International Research and Innovation at BEIS - leading on the government’s science and innovation relationship with the rest of Europe and the world, as well as sponsoring several Public Sector Research Establishments including the UK Space Agency and the Met Office.

Before that she led the air quality and industrial emissions team at Defra, publishing the government’s Clean Air Strategy in January 2019. Priort to joining Defra, Harriet worked at the Treasury for over ten years. Posts there included: heading the team responsible for labour market economics and policy (including spending control for JobCentre Plus and DWP's Work Programme for long-term unemployed people) and the Treasury's published modelling of the distributional impacts of tax, benefits and public spending on households; the Chancellor's private office; science and innovation policy and spending; EU-US economic relations during the UK's 2005 Presidency of the EU; strategy and coordination for international finance ministers' meetings; and handling Northern Rock during the financial crisis.

Harriet has also worked at Unilever on social and environmental responsibility, and in the Strategy team at the Department of Health where she led teams delivering the Public Health White Paper and two independent reviews on the role of the state in health and wellbeing, and how behavioural science can be applied in public health (see here).

She studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge, focusing on biology, history and philosophy of science, and has a Masters in History of Science from Harvard where she was a Kennedy scholar.

  • In news articles

    CSaP Policy Workshop: Strategies to Reduce Air Pollution

  • In news articles

    Behaviour change, nudging and the nanny state

    The first session at CSaP's annual conference was chaired by Dr Helen Munn, Director of the Academy of Medical Sciences, and included world leading experts on behaviour change from the University of Cambridge, UCL and Defra.