An anthropologist by training, I lived and worked for more than two decades in the United States before coming to Oxford in 2002. I am now James Martin Professor of Science and Civilization, and Director of the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (InSIS), an interdisciplinary research Institute which is part of the James Martin 21st Century School. I have also directed the ESRC's national research programme on Science in Society, and have been a member of the Royal Commission of Environmental Pollution, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and the Royal Society's Working Group on Geoengineering the Climate. I am also Honorary Professor of Climate Change and Society at the University of Copenhagen.
My current research focuses on three related areas. These are the future of cities, scientific and other technical advisory processes in the governance of technological change, and the dynamics of climate change science and policy.