Professor Arthur C Petersen (DPA PhD MA MSc FHEA) is acting Head of the UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy within the UCL Faculty of Engineering Sciences.
Arthur joined UCL STEaPP full time in September 2014 after more than 13 years’ work as scientific adviser on environment and infrastructure policy within the Dutch Government. Most recently he served as Chief Scientist of the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (2011–2014).
Arthur is also Professorial Fellow at the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment – RIVM (since April 2016) and Research Affiliate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (since 2009), has been Adjunct Professor of Science and Environmental Public Policy at the VU University Amsterdam (2011–2016), and has been Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science (2009–2014) and at UCL STEaPP (January–August 2014).
Arthur studied physics and philosophy, obtained doctorate degrees in atmospheric sciences (Doctor of Philosophy – PhD, Utrecht University, 1999) and philosophy of science (Doctor of Public Administration – DPA, VU University Amsterdam, 2006), and now also finds disciplinary homes in anthropology and political science. Most of his research is about managing uncertainty.