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James Wilsdon is Professor of Science and Democracy at SPRU (Science & Technology Policy Research), University of Sussex. From 2001 to 2008, he worked at Demos, first as Head of Strategy, then Head of Science and Innovation.

James Wilsdon is Professor of Science and Democracy at SPRU (Science & Technology Policy Research), University of Sussex, and an Associate Fellow at NESTA, the foundation for innovation. From 2008 to 2011, he was the founding Director of the Science Policy Centre at the Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of science, where he oversaw influential studies on topics such as geoengineering, food security, science diplomacy, open science, and the prospects for science in the Islamic world. He also led the Royal Society's evidence gathering and advocacy for investment in research through the 2010 UK General Election and subsequent Spending Review.

Prior to this, Wilsdon was Head of Science and Innovation (2004-2008) and Head of Strategy (2001-2004) at the think tank Demos, and Senior Policy Adviser (1997-2001) at the sustainability NGO Forum for the Future. At Demos, he was also project director of The Atlas of Ideas, a two-year study of science in emerging economies, described by the Financial Times as ‘the most comprehensive analysis yet of science and innovation in China, India and South Korea.’ From 2006 to 2008, he was a part-time Senior Research Fellow at Lancaster University's Institute for Advanced Studies.

He has researched and written widely on science policy, emerging technologies and the globalization of research, and his publications include The Scientific Century (2010), The Atlas of Ideas (2007), China: the next science superpower? (2007), The Public Value of Science (2005) and See-through Science (2004). He reviews regularly for the Financial Times and Times Higher Education, and has also written for Nature, The Guardian, China Daily, Green Futures, OpenDemocracy and SEED.

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Politics of Bandwidth, The
Authors
Daniel Stedman Jones, James Wilsdon
Publication Date
2002-11-01
Publication Type
Pamphlet

Guaranteeing the conditions for continuous 'network innovation' should be the top priority of the new regulator, Ofcom, if Britain is to stay at the forefront of the digital econmy.

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Monarchies
Authors
James Wilsdon, Tom Bentley
Publication Date
2002-01-01
Publication Type
Pamphlet

The contributors attempt to understand the enduring appeal of the monarchy and a couple of them argue for outright abolition. Together they ask the question: 'What are kings and queens for?'

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The Adaptive State
Authors
James Wilsdon, Tom Bentley
Publication Date
2003-12-12
Publication Type
Pamphlet

In this collection of essays leading thinkers and practitioners discuss the future of the public realm and the renewal of public goods.

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Masters of the Universe
Authors
James Wilsdon, Melissa Mean
Publication Date
2004-03-03
Publication Type
Pamphlet

While the US tries to dominate space, Europe can offer a vision of public space based on the values of openness and peace.

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See-through Science
Authors
James Wilsdon, Rebecca Willis
Publication Date
2004-09-01
Publication Type
Pamphlet

This pamphlet explores the ways in which we can expose to public scrutiny the assumptions, values and visions that drive science

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Broadband Britain
Authors
James Wilsdon, John Craig, Perri 6
Publication Date
2004-12-15
Publication Type
Pamphlet

As the number of connections grows by 50,000 every week, broadband internet is increasingly a social phenomenon and a political issue.

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The Public Value of Science
Authors
Brian Wynne, Jack Stilgoe, James Wilsdon
Publication Date
2005-09-05
Publication Type
Pamphlet

Ethical considerations and public engagement should become part of everyday scientific practice. By finding new ways of talking about and building ‘the public value of science’, we can help enrich conversations between scientists, policymakers and the wider public, and encourage them to be about more than just competing views.

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Better Humans?
Authors
James Wilsdon, Paul Miller
Publication Date
2006-02-08
Publication Type
Pamphlet

From memory pills to designer babies, extended lifespans to GM athletes, enhancement technologies promise (or threaten) to radically change our society. Is ours a cyborg future or will we resist the drive to improve human performance? How should policy makers and the public respond?

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Governing at the Nanoscale
Authors
James Wilsdon, Matthew Kearnes, Phil Macnaghten
Publication Date
2006-04-06
Publication Type
Pamphlet

Based on a two-year ESRC-funded project by Demos and Lancaster University, this report examines the technical and social implications of nanotechnologies.

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Carrots, Sticks and Sermons
Authors
Gillian Thomas, James Wilsdon, Rebecca Willis, Joanna Collins
Publication Date
2003-12-01

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The new geography of science
Authors
James Wilsdon, Jonathan Adams
Publication Date
2006-09-15
Publication Type
Report

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The Atlas of Ideas
Authors
Charles Leadbeater, James Wilsdon
Publication Date
2007-01-17
Publication Type
Pamphlet

We used to know where new ideas would come from: established universities and corporate research centres in highly developed countries. Think again.

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The Atlas of Ideas - Europe
Authors
Charles Leadbeater, James Wilsdon, Molly Webb, Kirsten Bound, Simon O'Connor
Publication Date
2007-05-10
Publication Type
Pamphlet

We used to know where new ideas would come from: established universities and corporate research centres in highly developed countries. Think again.

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The Disrupters
Authors
James Wilsdon, Molly Webb, Rebecca Willis
Publication Date
2007-07-12
Publication Type
Report

A building services manager for a local council. A Cumbrian hill farmer. A high-end concierge service. And a Bath-based leadership coach. These are not the people who you would expect to be pioneering solutions to climate change. Yet each of them is responsible for innovations that could put us on the path to a lower-carbon society.

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The Nanodialogues

Jack Stilgoe, James Wilsdon, Matthew Kearnes, Phil Macnaghten

Nanotechnology - the science of small things - promises to be one of the defining technologies of the 21st Century. But what will it mean for society and the environment? And how can public engagement in deciding the direction of research be moved 'upstream'?

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The Atlas of Ideas

Jack Stilgoe, James Wilsdon, Kirsten Bound, Natalie Day, Molly Webb, Charles Leadbeater

The Atlas of Ideas was a three year programme at Demos, which explored changes in the global geography of science and innovation. Between 2005 and 2008, it published studies of China, India, South Korea and Brazil.

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The Disrupters

James Wilsdon, Molly Webb, Rebecca Willis

Growing awareness of climate change has not yet been matched by serious cuts in the amount of carbon the UK emits. This NESTA-funded joint project will explore environmental innovation in the UK.

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