With a unique background incorporating research physics, technology development, public policy, and international affairs, Dr Jason Blackstock (PPhys, PhD, MPA) is emerging as a leading international scholar and policy adviser on the interface between science and global public policy.
Jason joined UCL In January 2013 as Deputy Director of the Centre for Engineering Policy. He is presently the Head of Department for Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (UCL STEaPP) and Senior Lecturer specialising in Science and Global Affairs.
Between 2008 and 2012, Jason developed and led research and policy engagement programs from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Austria) and the Centre for International Governance Innovation (Canada) that examined the complex interactions between the scientific, political and global governance dimensions of our planetary climate and energy challenges. These programs developed internationally recognized activities on the science and policy of emerging geoengineering technologies, short-lived climate forcers and sustainable energy transitions, generating over two dozen scholarly and policy-oriented articles and publications (e.g. Science, Nature and Green Futures) and leading to over 40 invited presentations to leading academic and policy institutions across five continents. During this time, Jason was a member or leader of five international technology assessment processes, including the Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative (www.srmgi.org) and the Equinox Summit: Energy 2030 (www.wgsi.org), and has provided expert testimony and advice to legislative committees and policymakers around the world.
Jason obtained his Master (Edinburgh, 2001) and PhD (Alberta, 2005) in physics, followed by his Graduate Certificate in International Security (Stanford, 2006) and Master of Public Administration (Harvard, 2008). From 2003 to 2007, he worked as a Research Associate of Hewlett Packard Lab’s Quantum Science Research Group. Jason is an Associate Fellow of the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (InSIS) at the University of Oxford, and an Associate Professor (Adjunct) of the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED) at the University of Waterloo. In 2010 Jason was elected an Associate Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science.