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Dr Adrian Ely

Post:Senior Lecturer in SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit (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.

In the first phase of the STEPS Centre, I was involved in two projects.  I convened Innovation, Sustainability, Development: A New Manifesto, a project that drew upon the expertise of colleagues at SPRU and IDS and also involved our partner institutions across the world. I also worked on the "Rethinking Regulation" project, investigating the regulation of seeds and drugs at international, national (in particular in China) and sub-national levels.  Some of this work has subsequently been taken forward by the 'Low Carbon Innovation in China' project.



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

I am Deputy Director and Head of Impact and Engagement at the STEPS Centre (a collaboration between SPRU and IDS), and co-lead the ISSC  'Transformative Pathways to Sustainability' network as part of the work of the centre's global consortium.  

I am a co-investigator in the Centre for Bionetworking (a Centre led from Global Studies which looks at responsible innovation in the Life Sciences).  I am 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).