Dr Richard Walker

Head of Future Energy System Governance Policy at Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ)

Head of Future Energy System Governance Policy, Department for Energy, Security and Net Zero
Policy Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy

Rich is the Head of Future Energy System Governance Policy in the Department for Energy, Security and Net Zero (DESNZ), where his work focuses on delivering an electricity system ready for net-zero.

Previously, he worked at the Royal Society where he led the Society’s policy work on climate change and resources as well as a programme of activity addressing the interface between science and public policy. More specifically, he managed policy projects on climate, ocean resources and greenhouse gas removal, and led delegations on this work to inform international negotiations at COP and the UN.

Prior to joining the Royal Society, Rich held a number of policy and public affairs roles at the Royal Society of Chemistry, latterly managing their public affairs team and leading a flagship advocacy campaign on science funding.

Rich holds both an MChem in Chemistry and DPhil in Physical and Theoretical Chemistry from the University of Oxford. He also sits on the governing body of an infant school in Haringey.

  • 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.