Senior Adviser on Strategy, International Economic Unit, Cabinet Office
Continuing Policy Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy
Simon Strickland joined the Cabinet Office in 2001 as a policy adviser in the Strategy Unit, moving from a Readership held jointly at University College London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. As a Civil Servant, he has worked on issues including EU and NATO policy on civil protection and emergency planning, the health and socio-economic consequences of alcohol misuse, addictive behaviour, the global epidemiology and management of avian and pandemic influenza risks, economic and legal issues in reform of charity law and regulation, EU external border risk management, national security strategy, and strategic defence and security reviews. His career has included secondments to the United Nations and to the Home Office. His current role is in the International Economic Unit.
As an anthropologist, his research interests and writings have ranged widely from the functional correlates of adult malnutrition and social mobility in developing countries, the effects of using areca or “betel” nut on hunger, energy metabolism and body composition, and broader relationships between human biology and social inequality, through to energy flow studies of household subsistence economies in South and Southeast Asia, the cultural and linguistic characteristics of “shamanism” and other forms of oral tradition, and philosophical relativism in international relations. He was educated at the University of Cambridge and the London School of Economics.