SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit

2016 Highlights

Jamie Revill square8th Review Conference of the BWC

SPRU academics participate in annual conference on biological weapons.

westminsterInfluencing industrial strategy

SPRU Professors' work influences discussions on industrial strategy.

Christian KernPublic debate with Austrian Chancellor

Professor Mazzucato joins Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern for public discussion of her work.

roadmap sqSustainable city roadmap

Key findings from the ARTS project include a roadmap for local initiatives striving to create a more sustainable and low carbon future.

NIB talkSPRU Professor cited by Finnish PM

Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä cites Professor Mazzucato's work on patient finance in NIB talk.

light bulb 100Fuel poverty project shortlisted for award

Nicolette Fox ‘Take 7’ project shortlisted in NCCPE Engage 2016 competition.

Barcelona skyline thumbnailThe knowledge politics of smart urbanism

ESRC-funded project examines smart urbanism in eight European cities.

SPRU 50 years logo squareMSc students awarded Anniversary Scholarships

SPRU launches a new scholarship programme to celebrate its 50th year.

Science Museum logo, white letters on blue backgroundScience Museum partnership

First of three public engagement workshops hosted as part of partnership.

Joanna Chataway photo for boxNew Professor of STP appointed

Joanna Chataway will convene the Science and Technology Policy Masters programme.

SPRU 50 years logo squareTransforming Innovation

SPRU celebrates its 50th Anniversary with a major conference (7-9 September 2016).

subBias in UK energy policy

Study finds that British attachment to nuclear submarines drives bias towards expensive nuclear power


Book cover for Grassroots Innovation smallGrassroots Innovation Movements

New book examines six case studies from around the world


Article X india workshopRegional workshop on BWC

Expert presents paper on Article X at EU South and South East Asia regional workshop on the Eighth Review Conference of the BWC

nuclear sqNuclear Energy and path dependence

New study finds that pro-nuclear European countries are making slower progress on climate targets

article x sqOptions for Article X

New briefing paper on Article X presented at a side-event during the Preparatory Committee for the Eighth Review Conference in Geneva.

Rethinking Capitalism book cover squareRethinking Capitalism

Leading economists challenge mainstream economic debate and set out new ideas to transform it.

brexitPost Brexit

Several members of SPRU faculty provide their perspectives on the impact of Brexit on the economy and UK science.

Meccano ballUNSGM Designated Laboratories workshop

Workshop on investigating biological weapons analysis at UNGSM laboratories.

non-proliferation test & evaluation complexCompliance with the BWC

Presentation on the issue of compliance at the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium Meeting.

constellationPreparing for BWC review

Introductory workshop in Geneva to prepare for 8th Review Conference of the Biological Weapons Convention.

Prof Johan Schot and Prof Lan Xue sign agreement with the SPPMSPRU signs agreement with CCIG

SPRU begins a long-term comprehensive partnership with Tsinghua University.

IPSP logoRethinking Society for the 21st Century

Perspectives on science, technology and innovation implicated in social progress and its assessment.

Caitriona McLeishHistory, Security and Arms Control workshop

International workshop on history's role in arms control and security co-hosted with UCL.

James RevillBiological Weapons Convention workshop

Research Fellow presents on the topic of compliance and transparency.

Stop chemical weapons graphicChemical and biological weapons symposium

Dr James Revill presents at conference on chemical and biological warfare agents.

veg boxUsing arts activities to improve food research

Doctoral students organised a workshop to discuss public engagement with the food system.

Mariana Mazzucato speaking at ECLAC Horizons 2030ECLAC Horizons 2030 in Mexico City

Professor Mazzucato addresses finance ministers from Latin America & the Caribbean.

Electric car chargerPeople power crucial for low carbon future

New research shows users are key to bringing about transition to a low carbon energy system.

SPRU 50th anniversary logoAfrica Engagement Week

A week of activities scheduled to take place in South Africa and culminating in a conference on 27 May.

Entrepreneurial State Greek edition book coverGreek book launch

Professor Mazzucato launches Greek edition of The Entrepreneurial State.

A grasshopper on a spoon with a background of salad itemsFuture of Food

Brighton Fringe event explores options for more sustainable food system.

ITRC Mistral logoMulti-scale Infrastructure systems Analytics

SPRU is part of new major research programme exploring the future of infrastructures.

solar1Centre for Energy Systems Integration announced

New EPSRC centre will look at energy system as a whole for the first time.

Mazzucato sqRaúl Prebisch lecture

Professor Mazzucato is the first woman to give prestigious lecture.

Hopkins biotech book coverScience,the State and the City

New book examines evolution of biotech industry in the UK

Brazilian innovation system report front coverThe Brazilian Innovation System

New report advises Brazilian government to invest in innovation for long-term growth

woman cookingEnergy access in developing countries

Video on the importance of a polycentric approach to resolve energy access issues

picture of a labScience and democracy

Concern about anti-democratic bias in discussion of science and technology in the UK


picture of nuclear power station in WalesFuture of nuclear power in Wales

Nuclear policy experts give evidence to Welsh Affairs Committee's inquiry

planetary boundariesWorld in transition

Keynote at DFID and ESRC workshop on pressing research challenges

mcmKnowledge economy conference in Kuwait

Memorandum of understanding signed with Kuwaiti government

SPRU 50th anniversary logoOfficial launch of Anniversary Year

Celebrating 50th Anniversary with faculty, students and friends of SPRU.

Mazzucato sq'The Entrepreneurial State' wins major German prize

German VC presents award to author for “outstandingly written” book


collaborationKnowledge transfer in Sudan

Series of talks on knowledge transfer, knowledge management and sustainable development in Sudan

Jahoda 2016Marie Jahoda Annual Lecture 2016

Full house at Professor Rodrik lecture on 'growth miracles'

Smart Energy Transition logoSmart Energy Transition seminar

Research seminar on innovation policy, climate policy and energy transitions organised in Helsinki.

Lady putting up a solar panel in the forest in IndiaSouth Asia Sustainability Hub launched

New STEPS Centre Hub launched in New Delhi.

sustainabilityTransformations to sustainability

ISSC award grant to STEPS Centre to fund "Transformative Knowledge Network" consortium.

picture of a graduation hat and a paper scroll tied with a red ribbonFormer SPRU staff receive honorary degrees

Two honorary degrees awarded to former SPRU staff at winter graduation

Picture of Herrenhausen palace, which is in Hannover, GermanyRethinking society for the 21st century

Workshop on science, technology and society to bring together scholars engaged in IPSP initiative

logo of the low carbon innovation china projectWorkshop at Tsinghua University

Insights from 'Low Carbon Innovation in China' project shared at workshop in Beijing.