Professor James Wilsdon Chair, Campaign for Social Science and Professor of Science & Democracy, SPRU, University of Sussex
In December 2011, James joined the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex, as Professor of Science and Democracy. He is also Director of The Nexus Network, a new ESRC-funded initiative, which aims to foster joined-up thinking, policy & practice on food, energy, water and the environment.
His research interests include the role of evidence & expertise in policymaking; the politics and practice of scientific advice; interdisciplinarity, particularly between natural and social sciences; science and innovation policy in the UK and China; the social science of the 'nexus'; and public engagement in research.
He has written for the Financial Times, Times Higher Education, Nature, China Daily, Green Futures, OpenDemocracy and Renewal. He is also part of the blogging team on the Guardian's 'Political Science' blog.