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Prof Arthur Petersen
Shropshire House (4th floor)
Capper Street
London
WC1E 6JA
Appointment
  • Professor of Science, Technology & Public Policy
  • STEaPP
  • Faculty of Engineering Science
Role
UCL Principal Supervisor
Biography

Arthur Petersen (DPA PhD MA MSc FISSR FIET FRSA FHEA MAE) is Professor of Science, Technology and Public Policy at UCL and Editor of Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science. He joined UCL STEaPP fulltime in September 2014 after more than 13 years’ work as scientific adviser on environment and infrastructure policy within the Dutch Government. He served as Chief Scientist of the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (2011–2014).

Professor Petersen is also Research Affiliate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science (he has held the affiliations to both MIT and LSE since 2009). He has been Adjunct Professor of Science and Environmental Public Policy at the VU University Amsterdam (2011–2016), Professorial Fellow at the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment – RIVM (2016–2017) and Visiting Fellow at Osaka University (2018). In June 2019, he was elected as a Member of Academia Europaea, the European Academy of Humanities, Letters and Sciences.

Professor Petersen studied physics and philosophy, obtained doctorate degrees in atmospheric sciences (Doctor of Philosophy - PhD, Utrecht University, 1999) and philosophy of science (Doctor of Public Administration - DPA, VU University Amsterdam, 2006), and now also finds disciplinary homes in science & religion and philosophy of culture. Most of his research is about dealing with uncertainty and ignorance.

Professor Petersen has been a member of STEaPP's Leadership Team from since he joined the Department until June 2018. In 2016–17 he was Acting Head of Department.

Appointments
SEP-2014 Professor of Science, Technology and Public Policy STEaPP University College London, United Kingdom
JAN-2014 – AUG-2014 Visiting Professor STEaPP University College London, United Kingdom
2011 Adjunct Professor of Science and Environmental Public Policy Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands
2011 – 2014 Chief Scientist   PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, Netherlands
2010 – 2014 Deputy Head Department of Information, Data and Methodology PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, Netherlands
2009 Research Affiliate Political Economy & Technology Policy Program Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States
2009 Visiting Professor Centre for the Analysis of Time Series (CATS) London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom
2009 – 2009 Director of Climate Science The Matrix Project H+N+S Landscape Architects, Netherlands
2008 – 2008 Visiting Scholar Political Economy & Technology Policy Program Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States
2003 – 2014 Director Methodology and Modelling Programme Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (RIVM/MNP/PBL), Netherlands
2001 – 2010 Senior Policy Analyst   Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (RIVM/MNP/PBL), Netherlands
1999 – 2001 Postdoctoral Research Associate Faculty of Philosophy VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands
Academic Background
2006   Doctor of Public Administration Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
1999   Doctor of Philosophy Universiteit Utrecht
1995   Master of Arts Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
1993   Master of Science Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
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