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Alice Milner seconded to Defra

UCL Geography Researcher to support Strategic Evidence and Analysis Team

Alice Milner seconded to Defra

Dr Alice Milner, a research associate in the department since 2010, has been seconded by the UK’s Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to support the Chief Scientific Advisor (Professor Ian Boyd) and the Strategic Evidence and Analysis Team for 12 months from mid-November.

The secondment has been awarded as part of the Natural Environment Research Council’s Knowledge Exchange Fellowship Scheme, which aims to promote knowledge exchange between academic organisations and public sector partners, providing research-informed evidence to develop and review policy.

Defra is the UK government department responsible for policies on the environment, rural communities, food and farming, and wildlife and animal welfare. Alice will work with Defra’s Strategic Evidence and Analysis Team to develop the new Evidence Investment Strategy, aiming to drive improvements in the use of evidence in the policy making process. She will also provide analyses of challenging science-policy issues and work to bridge the gap between research and policy as a conduit between Defra evidence teams and the wider academic community.

This is an exciting opportunity for Alice, the Department of Geography and UCL to be involved in driving improvements in the use of academic research to shape environmental policy. Alice will spend four days a week at Defra headquarters in Westminster and continue at UCL Geography for one day a week.


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