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Prof Joanna Chataway
Shropshire House
11-20 Capper Street
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  • Professor and Head of Department of Science Technology, Engineering & Public Policy
  • STEaPP
  • Faculty of Engineering Science

Joanna is Head of Department of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) in the Faculty of Engineering Sciences at University College London (UCL). Previously, she was Deputy Director and Professor of Science and Technology Policy at SPRU, University of Sussex. She also directed of the Innovation, Health and Science (IHS) research group at RAND Europe and was previously Professor of Biotechnology and Development and Co-Director of the ESRC INNOGEN Research Centre at the Open University.  She is a leader in the field of science and innovation policy and, with colleagues at STEaPP, is spearheading new integrated approaches to researching and teaching science policy and science advice.   She has extensive experience in the fields of interdisciplinary co-produced policy analysis, evaluation approaches and methodologies, public and private sector intersects, international development, health research and innovation policy, capacity building, equity and innovation. She is interested in successfully navigating the tensions between demands and requirements of policy research and academic rigour.  Joanna has a strong publications record and demonstrable policy impact.  She has managed highly  successful interdisciplinary research teams and projects across a number of academic and policy research contexts.  She is currently on the Oversight Board of the Areas of Research Interest initiative, Chairs an Advisory Board for a large NIHR project.  She contributes assessment and advice to South African,  Kenyan and other  Research Councils.

Research Summary

How do do we best expand the boundaries of science policy so that science, technology and innovation (STI) better correspond to the needs of broader constituencies?  Investigating how STI can be more aligned to the SDGs is one approach and I am currently co-leading the UKRI funded STRINGS  project (in partnership with UNDP) looking at this.  See here for more detail: http://strings.org.uk.  

Do we need to reframe the way we think about science and innovation policy so that we look at how knowledge is generated in and used in different contexts rather than starting with narrower definitions of science, technology and innovation? This DFID commissioned project is looking at developing a practical concept of knowledge systems in East Africa that can inform future STI policy and investment: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/steapp/research/energy-environment-and-sustainable-development/promoting-science-technology-and-innovation

Looking both from the perspectives of technology, innovation and industrial policy and interventions on the one hand and healthcare policy on the other hand how can we improve cancer care in East Africa?  This current project looks at that issue:

I have a worked on issues of generating science, technology and innovation and making it accessible to populations in HIC and LMICS for many years. I have a particular interest in health research and innovation policy and have a strong track record in looking at health research and innovation in the UK and elsewhere.  Recent publication and reports include work on innovation in the NHS, a SIDA and EDCTP commissioned assessment of the value of SIDA's contribution to EDCTP and research on point of care HIV/AIDS testing in Zimbabwe. My ResearchGate page provides a more comprehensive listing of research interests and outputs: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Joanna_Chataway

Teaching Summary

I contribute to several modules in STEaPP's MPA programme and currently supervise the following PhD students:

Melin Galdos (SPRU) - Second Supervisor
Vusa Ncube (SPRU) - Second Supervisor
Anna Severin (SNSF) - Second Supervisor
Remy Twiringiyimana (STEaPP) - First Supervisor
Anton Spisak (STEaPP) - First Supervisor
Weijia Ding  (STEaPP) - First Supervisor

I co-lead supervision of an MPA STEaPP group project every year.  In 2020, my group focused on developing a tool to assess the extent to which EDCTP funding  contributes epidemic preparedness in SSA.  The group worked closely with EDCTP who were the clients for the group's outputs.

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