SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit

2018 Highlights

Nuclear event boxLaunch of Transformative Innovation Policy Africa Hub

Senegal, Ghana and Kenya to participate in new Hub to look at ways to strengthen their science, technology and innovation policies.

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Better Government Projects (Project X)
Project receives major ESRC grant to research improving the delivery of major government projects.

gdp boxSTI Policy Studies in International Disarmament Efforts

Doctoral researcher wins the first Disarmament Essay Contest.

Nuclear event boxEnergy consumers subsidising nuclear submarines

Academics organise multi-stakeholder meeting to discuss the links between civil and military nuclear.

Tech foresight China visit boxChinese delegates visit SPRU 

Representatives from the Chinese Development Research Centre of the State Council met with SPRU academics to discuss technology foresight.

New Policy and Evidence Centrecreative cluster

University of Sussex Business School lead partner in new Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre.

TIPC conference 2018Innovation for Transformation

TIPC holds annual members' engagement week and conference.

Beef squareSPRU research centre publishes guide to Transformation Labs

The STEPS Centre has published a guide to T-Labs drawing on lessons from the Pathways Network.

CREDS launchCreds box

Launch of new UK Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions.

enef boxSPRU hosts ENEF 2018

Academics gather to discuss Firm Automation in the Era of Artificial Intelligence.

Data science graphic 100pxProfessor appointed to expert group

Prof Maria Savona appointed to European Commission High-Level Expert Group.

Beef squareHormone-treated beef: Should Britain accept it after Brexit?

New Food Research Collaboration report identifies the risks to food standards if they're used to facilitate trade deals.

Sizewell b nuclear 100 x100Nuclear Interdependencies

Research highlights industrial interdependencies between civil and military nuclear infrastructure.

Erik MillstoneThe Joys of Truth: Science Policy in the Public Interest

A ‘light’ Festschrift in Honour of Erik Millstone.

Data science graphic 100pxInnovation Policy at 450 Feet

SPRU brings together local energy innovators and policy professionals for a unique event at the British Airways i360.

frackingFirst Chris Freeman Visiting Fellow

SPRU welcomed Professor Judith Sutz as the first Chris Freeman Visiting Fellow.

frackingFracking, Framing and Effective Participation

New project to examine the politics of fracking and the utilisation of shale gas in the UK.

Data science graphic 100pxData Science for Innovation Workshop

SPRU academics organise event exploring data sources, anlalytical technologies and visualising data.

Car immersed in flooded car parkRethinking Society for the 21st Century

SPRU faculty feature in a major research-based report from with the International Panel for Social Progress.

City vector boxGovernance of Sociotechnical Transformations

New project will focus on transformations in energy, agriculture and urban digital infrastructure.

Fenced crop boxHealing from Enclosure

A new EU-funded Political Agroecology of agri-food knowledges in Belgium.

Colombia box 100pxColombia national strategy

Colombia adopts new innovation policy in their strategy for post-conflict development.

Southern water logo 100pxSewers matter workshop

Southern Water visit campus to discuss sewer infrastructure and The Unflushables.

17 partnerships logoTransformative Innovation Policy Consortium

International partnership programme launched to tackle Sustainable Development Goals.

STI challengeGeoffey Oldham Scholarships

Scholarship fund for Masters study at SPRU celebrates the legacy of SPRU Co-Founder.

Food inspection 100pxRegulating Our Future

Brexit and food safety - Could standards get even worse?

Medical imagery 100pxLife Sciences Industrial Strategy

House of Lords Select Committee report draws extensively on reasearch by Dr Michael Hopkins.

STI challengeWinners of the STI Policy Challenge

Winners announced of the first STI Policy Challenge.

Allam Ahmed 16th WASD conferenceSustainable development conferences

Prof Allam Ahmed organised the 16th WASD and 5th Diaspora international conferences with the UN.

Car immersed in flooded car parkIPCC climate change report

SPRU energy expert selected as lead author for influential IPCC report on climate change.

hand tablet buildings UKCRED 100 x 100New UK Centre for Research on Energy Demand

SPRU to lead on 5-year research programme.

globe africa 100 x 100Promoting STI in Africa

Promoting science, technology and innovation in Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda.

cover of RPResearch Policy now ABS 4* journal

New ABS Guide 2018 promotes Research Policy from 4 to 4* ranking.

Food table square 100pxGovernment urged to halt food-safety overhaul

New briefing paper highlights the risks of weakening UK food law enforcement.

SPRU training landscape graphic cropSPRU training

SPRU offers five-day professional development course: ‘Innovation Policy in a Changing Global Context’

How can science and democracy be reconciled?

Professor Stirling delivers keynote presentation on Expertise and Democracy.

Transformative Vision for China

A two-day workshop in Beijing brings Transformative Innovation Policy (TIP) to China.

Johan Schot gives professorial lectureSPRU Director delivers Professorial Lecture

Prof Johan Schot gives professorial lecture on ‘The World in Deep Transition.

STEPS Transformations logo 100x100pxFour-Year Programme for STEPS Centre

Exciting new four-year phase of work creating alliances and dialogue between scholarship and activism.

Mexico in a lightbulb 100pxInnovation for Transformation in Mexico

Three-day event in Mexico City on ‘Transformative Change and the Three Frames of Innovation Policy.