Professor Magda Osman

Head of Research and Analysis at Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge

Head of Research and Analysis, Centre for Science and Policy

Prof. Magda Osman is a cognitive psychologist by training, with specialisms in judgment, decision-making (basic and applied), human agency and control. She now works in the decision/behavioural sciences, focusing on the translation of science to policy, behavioural change interventions, models of complex decision-making, the status of knowledge, and public understanding of science. Her applied research focuses on improved decision-making in clinical practice, risk assessment in crime/psychiatric units, food safety, and human computer interaction with smart systems/products

She has published three academic books, and authored over 150 articles in management, economics, philosophy, linguistics, engineering, computer science, cognitive science as well as in psychology journals. Her research has been supported by several research councils (German research council -DFG, HK research council, EU, NSF, and in the UK – NIHR, ESRC, EPSRC, ARC, Research England, and Wellcome trust).

She is currently a Prof. in Basic and Applied decision-making, CSaP, University of Cambridge, Visiting Prof. of Policy Impact ,Leeds Business School, University of Leeds, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).

The ethos of her work has been to take a critical eye to well accepted views and challenge the status quo. As a result, her research interests cover a range of areas that include decision-making, learning, problem-solving, biases, risk and uncertainty, agency and control, and the unconscious. (see

  • 6 June 2023, 10am

    CSaP Annual Conference 2023

    CSaP's 2023 Annual Conference will cover topics such as economic growth and productivity; innovation and societal challenges; lessons from the Covid-19 pandemic; public health; climate & resilience; and decarbonisation and energy transition.

  • 7 July 2022, 5:30pm

    The Inaugural Reynolds Lecture - 7 July 2022

    This inaugural Reynolds Lecture will be delivered by Dr Robert Macfarlane and will explore the landscapes, lawscapes, complexities, histories and futures of this new-old idea that the natural world is far more alive than we allow.