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

Dr Ine Steenmans is a Lecturer in Futures, Analysis and Policy at the UCL Department for Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy. Her work focuses on the effectiveness of different analytical tools in the design of public policy. She specialises in methods and processes used to address policy challenges that span multiple sectors and longer time horizons. As decision support research has historically suffered from a disconnect between theory and practice, all of Dr Steenmans’ work is needs-driven and undertaken in partnership with policy practitioners. She has special interest in supporting analytical innovation that fits the typical resource-constrained and time-pressured contexts of policy work.

Dr Steenmans joined UCL in 2017 and previously worked for the UK Government Office for Science. She is Chair of the UK Operational Research Society’s Public Policy Design Special Interest Group, and Adviser to the UK Research Institute for Sociotechnical Cyber Security. Ongoing and recent projects have included the use of systems mapping, evaluation methods, scenario development, futures literacy, and mission scoping tools across policy areas of healthcare, industrial decarbonisation, built environment, space and cybersecurity. These projects are undertaken in direct partnership with the Lloyds Insurance, UNDP, UKRI, UK Cabinet Office’s Policy Lab and the UAE Office of Advanced Sciences.

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 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 an 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.

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 taken on this course is its argument that it is helpful for practice to see how these diverse methods come together a single, overarching analytic practice for policy framework. 

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

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