Dr Isabel Webb

Head of Engineering Biology at Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT)

Head of Engineering Biology, Department for Science, Innovation and Technology
Policy Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy

Isabel is currently Head of Engineering Biology in the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT), having previously held the role of Head of Technology Strategy. Isabel previously worked in the Business Secretary's Office as a Senior Private Secretary covering science, innovation and nuclear policy. Prior to that Isabel led on digital, tech and culture in the No10 Policy Unit, as well as previous policy roles in DExEU, Defra and BEIS.

She holds a PhD in molecular microbiology from the John Innes Centre, Norwich. Her research investigated the plant-microbial interactions that lead to biological nitrogen fixation. During her PhD Isabel worked at CSaP for three months as part of a BBSRC-funded policy internship. To read about Isabel's experience as a Policy Intern in Cambridge see here.

  • 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.

  • 21 October 2021, 3pm

    CSaP annual meeting & reception 2021

    On 21 October 2021, CSaP hosted its first in-person networking event since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The annual meeting and reception, held at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London, provided an opportunity for 115 public policy professionals, industry leaders, and researchers to meet and share their experiences to improve decision-making.