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