Claire Craig is the director of Science Policy at the Royal Society, the independent scientific academy of the UK and the Commonwealth, dedicated to promoting excellence in science. Previously she led the Government Office for Science on behalf of the UK government’s Chief Scientific Advisor (GCSA), Sir Mark Walport. The GCSA provides science advice to the Prime Minister and the Cabinet; and builds capacity across government to provide and use science evidence. She has worked for three GCSAs and originally joined the Civil Service to run Foresight, a programme of science-based strategic futures projects covering topics from flood risk to cognitive enhancement. While at Foresight, she was awarded a CBE for her work and became a Faculty member of the World Economic Forum at Davos. She has worked extensively on strategy and science in decision-making. Her career in the private and not-for-profit sectors includes periods at McKinsey & Co and at the Confederation of British Industry. She helped launch a hands-on science centre in her home town (Bristol) and has held non-executive board roles in a variety of research and teaching institutions including King’s College London, Newnham College Cambridge and the University of the West of England. She trained originally as a geophysicist.
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Research programmes have created a major evidence base and policy proposals about cities to 2050. What happens to this research? What might be done to improve the research/ policy-making process?