James Wilsdon and Grantham Scholar George Asiamah who he supervises

Professor James Wilsdon

(Former) Associate Director

James Wilsdon was an associate director of the Grantham Centre until 2020. In this role he worked closely with our Comms Officer on communications strategy. He was also part of Plastics: Redefining Single-Use

James is an interdisciplinary social scientist who works on the politics and governance of science and research, and the relationship between evidence, experts and decision-making. He has worked in public policy, think tanks and at the UK’s national academy of science.

Since 2016, he was based in the University of Sheffield’s Department of Politics as professor of research policy, combined with a strategic leadership role in the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Beyond Sheffield, James is a vice-chair of the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA), which was set up in 2014 to share good practice and build capacity for evidence-informed decision making.

More from James Wilsdon

James supervised Grantham Scholar George Asimah. George’s project project assessed the capacity and outlook of UK’s scientific advisory system policy after Brexit.

James worked with George to write a blog about their time at INGSA conference 2019 – Scientific Advice in a Post-Truth World.

Deliver us from rankers by James Wilsdon. James writes about the launch of THE’s University Impact Rankings.

  • Plastics: Redefining Single Use