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Dr Ine Steenmans
Euston House
Tel: 02031086229
  • Lecturer in Futures, Analysis and Policy
  • STEaPP
  • Faculty of Engineering Science

Dr Ine Steenmans is a Lecturer in 'Futures, Analysis and Policy'. Her work aims to enhance the analytic practices used to shape complex, multi-domain policy design. She focuses on making visible the logic by which we select and adapt the methods and tools we use in policy design and analysis.

Ine joined UCL as a researcher early 2017. Prior to this, she worked as an analyst within the UK Foresight programme within the Government Office for Science. There, she contributed to the programmes 'Future of Skills and Lifelong Learning' and 'Future of Cities' projects. Before the Civil Service, she worked as a strategy consultant at Buro Happold, working on several planning and engineering projects for the World Bank and Ford Foundation.

She obtained her MEng in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cambridge University, followed by an MSc in International Planning at the Bartlett School at UCL, and then later an EPSRC-funded Engineering Doctorate (EngD) at the UCL Centre for Urban Sustainability and Resilience. Her doctoral research focused on the real-world use of qualitative Operational Research methods within strategic infrastructure planning practices.

Research Summary

Ine's policy foresight work focuses on the integration of different types of intelligence about possible future change into public decision-making processes. As is fundamental to UCL’s impact-driven ethos, this is undertaken through a consciously integrated mixture of research, practice, and education. Her interests focus primarily on enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency by which futures methods and approaches (e.g. visioning, horizon scanning, scenarios, roadmapping) are used in practice. In contrast to much academic policy foresight work, this means that she focuses on enhancing a way of thinking and working, rather than specialises within a particular sector or discipline.

All UCL STEaPP foresight research and teaching are user- and partnership-driven. Ongoing and past foresight projects have ranged from using futures to handle uncertainty in UK parliamentary enquiries, to developing a national innovation strategy for a rapidly emerging technology, to structuring a process for articulating a set of priorities for a region's development. Project partners have included collaborators such as the Royal Society, Cabinet Office Policy lab, the Department for Business, Energy and the Industrial Strategy, Nesta, the Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology, the UAE Ministry of Advanced Sciences, and the Canadian National Research Council.

Teaching Summary

Ine leads "Analytic Methods for Policy" (STEP0020). The course introduces a diverse range of analytical methods for informing public decisions. Over 30 different methods are presented to provide students with an overview of the landscape of analytic practice for policy. These cover analytic contributions across the spectrum of public problem-solving activities: defining problem requirements; understanding the system; exploring options; analysing risk; informing action; and communicating insight.

Traditionally these methods would be encountered and grouped under different sectoral or disciplinary labels, including ‘decision analysis’, ‘strategy development’, ‘operational research’, ‘problem structuring’, ‘foresight & futures’, ‘research design’, ‘evaluation’, ‘design thinking’, ‘systems analysis’, ‘data science’, and ‘coding’. What is unique about the approach I take on this course is that I argue it is helpful for practice to see how these methods come together a single, overarching analytic practice for policy framework. 

Ine is passionate about working with policy officials and analysts on capacity development partnerships.

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