Rokia Ballo is a science communicator and researcher whose work focuses on the construction, use and communication of science for policy and intersecting forms of social inequality. She is a Research Assistant for University College London, Co-chair of Science London and has recently started working for Health Services Research UK to promote the use of health research in policy and practice.
Warren is Senior Lecturer at the University of Sheffield, leading the “Knowing Humans” research theme. His work explores how science is used in public debates about politics and policy, with a current focus on three areas: (1) the use of scientific evidence, advice and assessment in policy work; (2) how digital platforms are changing experts and expertise; and, (3) the role of images in online science communication. Warren has researched these themes extensively through a series of journal articles examining the public life of climate change. He also has published research on other prominent cases such as plant genome editing, autism, responsible innovation and the use of randomised controlled trials in policy. Warren employs interpretive, digital and comparative research methods, collaborating with information designers to rethink approaches to visualisation for interpretive research.
Jack Stilgoe conducts research on the governance of emerging technologies, including genetically modified crops, nanotechnologies, geoengineering, machine learning and self-driving cars.
James Wilsdon is an interdisciplinary social scientist who works on the governance and management of science and research, and the relationship between evidence and decision-making. Over his career, in addition to academic posts at the universities of Sheffield, Sussex and Lancaster, he has worked in public policy, think tanks and at the UK’s national academy of science. Since 2016, he has been based at the University of Sheffield, where he is now Digital Science Professor of Research Policy and Director of the Research on Research Institute (RoRI) – an international consortium of research funders, academic institutions, and technologists working to champion transformative and translational research on research.