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Dr Adrian Ely

Post:Reader in Technology and Sustainability (SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit)
Other posts:Senior Lecturer (The Sussex Energy Group)

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 873026
International:+44 1273 873026

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I have been at Sussex since 2000, when I started in the School of Life Sciences as a postgraduate student. My doctoral project at SPRU on the comparative regulation of transgenic crops (2001-2016) led to research fellowships within the European Commission FP6-funded integrated project "Safe Foods" (which focussed on European food safety governance) and subsequently within the STEPS Centre. I was made Lecturer in 2011 and Senior Lecturer in 2014.


I am currently a Reader at SPRU and am responsible for SPRU's executive training strategy.

Since 2006 I have worked as a member of the STEPS Centre (a collaboration between SPRU and IDS). I was previously Deputy Director and Head of Impact and Engagement, and currently co-lead the 'Transformative Pathways to Sustainability' network as part of the work of the Centre's global consortium.  

I co-ordinate much of SPRU's work in China and have been a student of the country's science and technology policy since 2007. I am currently a co-investigator on the CHNUK project (Integrated Platforms from Science to Policy in Response to Antibacterial Resistance).  I was previously a co-investigator on the project 'Low Carbon Innovation in China', a member of the Centre for Bionetworking, sat on the Steering Committee of the Sussex Asia Centre, and in academic year 2014-15, I organised the Sussex China seminars. I am also a member of the Centre for Rising Powers and Global Development. 

Beyond Sussex, I sit on the external advisory board of York Environmental Sustainability Institute (YESI).