Jack Stilgoe is a senior lecturer in the department of Science and Technology Studies at University College London. He teaches courses on science and technology policy, responsible science and innovation and the governance of emerging technologies. His most recent book is Experiment Earth: Responsible Innovation in Geoengineering (Routledge-Earthscan). The paperback was published in June 2016.

Before joining UCL he was Senior Research Fellow at the University of Exeter,  working on a framework for responsible innovation for the UK Research Councils. He was Senior Policy Adviser at the Royal Society, where he ran work on the science base, innovation, emerging technologies and public engagement. Before this, he spent four years at the independent think tank Demos, leading work on science and society. He is on the editorial board of Public Understanding of Science, a member of the Government’s Sciencewise steering group and a member of the European Commission’s expert group on Science with and for Society. He is co-editor the Guardian’s Political Science blog. He is on Twitter @jackstilgoe.


For 2016/17, he is on sabbatical at the University of Colorado, Boulder, based in the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research.

A list of his publications is on Google Scholar.


Some archived publications

The Global Governance of Science, Report of the Expert Group on Global Governance of Science, 2009 (as Rapporteur)

Citizen Scientists – Reconnecting science with civil society, Demos, 2009 (www.demos.co.uk/publications/citizenscientists)

Knowledge Nomads – why science needs migration (with Natalie Day), Demos, 2009 (www.demos.co.uk/publications/knowledgenomads)

The Talking Cure – Why conversation is the future of healthcare, (with Faizal Farook) Demos, 2008 (www.demos.co.uk/publications/thetalkingcure)

Nanodialogues – Experiments in public engagement with science, Demos, 2007 (www.demos.co.uk/publications/nanodialogues)

The Road Ahead – Public dialogue on science and technology. Sciencewise Expert Resource Centre: London (Editor) www.sciencewise-erc.org.uk/cms/the-road-ahead/

The Received Wisdom – Opening up expert advice (with Alan Irwin and Kevin Jones) Demos, 2006 (www.demos.co.uk/publications/receivedwisdom)

The Public Value of Science – Or how to ensure science really matters (with James Wilsdon and Brian Wynne) Demos, 2005 (www.demos.co.uk/publications/publicvalueofscience)


‘Developing a framework for responsible innovation’, Research Policy, (Open Access) (With Richard Owen and Phil Macnaghten)

‘A question of intent’, Nature Climate Change, Vol. 1, No. 7, 11 Sept 2011

‘The new politics of public engagement with science,’ in Investigating Science Communication in the Information Age: Implications for public engagement and popular media Richard Holliman, Elizabeth Whitelegg, Eileen Scanlon, Sam Smidt, Jeff Thomas, Oxford University Press, 2008 (with James Wilsdon)

‘Experts and Anecdotes – The role of ‘anecdotal evidence’ in public scientific controversies’, Science, Technology and Human Values Vol. 34, No. 5, 654-677, 2009 (with Alfred Moore)

‘The (co-)production of public uncertainty: UK scientific advice on mobile phone health risks’ Public Understanding of Science, Vol. 16, No. 1, 45-61, 2007

‘The Rules of Engagement: Dialogue and Democracy in Creating Nanotechnology Futures’ in Nanoethics: The ethical and social implications of nanotechnology, Wiley, 2007 (with James Wilsdon)

‘How can new technologies fulfil the needs of developing countries?’ in Nanotechnology Applications: Solutions for Improving Water Quality, William Andrew Publishing, 2009 (with David Grimshaw and Lawrence Gudza)

‘Between people and power: Nongovernmental organisations and public engagement’ ch. 10 in  Engaging Science: Thoughts, deeds, analysis and action, Wellcome Trust, 2006

‘Controlling mobile phone health risks in the UK: A fragile discourse of compliance’, Science and Public Policy, Volume 32, Number 1, 1 February 2005, pp. 55-64(10)

University College, London, PhD thesis, ‘Experts and Anecdotes: shaping the public science of mobile phone health risks’, 2004


‘Come together, A review of M Nielsen, Reinventing Discovery,’ The Guardian, 26 November 2011

‘The Politics of Data, A review of J Gleick, The Information,’ The Lancet,  Volume 378, Issue 9791, Page 559

‘Why scientists need to get a life, A review of S Shapin, The Scientific Life,’ The Lancet, Volume 373, Issue 9680, Pages 2015-2016

‘Handle with care, A review of A Mol, The Logic of Care,’ The Lancet, Volume 371, Issue 9631, Pages 2163-2164

‘Dr Finlay is Dead’ The Guardian, CommentIsFree, May 15th 2008

‘It’s good to talk,’ Times Higher Education, 31st January 2008

‘Three words we should like to hear: ‘I don’t know’’, Opinion piece in Times Higher Education Supplement, 19th January 2007

‘Between hype and doom: keeping an eye on nanotech’, 21st April 2006, Opendemocracy

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