“I use ‘disruptive’ in both its good and bad connotations. Disruptive scientific and technological progress is not to me inherently good or inherently evil. But its arc is for us to shape. Technology’s progress is furthermore in my judgment unstoppable. But it is quite incorrect that it unfolds inexorably according to its own internal logic and the laws of nature.”
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Former Director, Energy Technology Innovation Policy Research Group (2010–2016); Former Associate Director, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program (2012–2016)
Prof. Laura Diaz Anadon is the chaired Professor of Climate Change Policy at the Department of Land Economy at the University of Cambridge. She is also a Bye-Fellow at Peterhouse, a Fellow at the Center for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG), associate researcher of the Energy Policy Research Group, and an Associate at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) at Harvard University.
Prof. Diaz Anadon joined the University of Cambridge in September 2016 from HKS, where she was an Assistant Professor of Public Policy since July 2013. Before that, she held various posts also at HKS including Associate Director of the Science, Technology and Public Policy (STPP) program, Co-Principal Investigator of the Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group, Member of the Board of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, co-Director of the Project of Innovation and Access to Technologies for Sustainable Development, and Faculty Affiliate of the Harvard Center for the Environment and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. In 2015–2016, she was a Visiting Senior Lecturer in Science, Technology Innovation and Public Policy at University College London. At HKS, Anadon also developed and taught courses on Energy Innovation Policy and a core MPP course on Policy Analysis. At Cambridge, she developed and taught a core course for MPPs on Science, Evidence and Policy.
Anadon has engaged with policymakers in the United States, China, South Korea, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Mexico, among other countries, and contributed to the UN Global Sustainable Development report and the Global Energy Assessment. She was on the advisory board of the project on "Accelerating Energy Innovation" at the International Energy Agency and has worked as a consultant for various organizations (i.e., Climate Strategies on a World Bank project, UNFCCC, and OECD).
Anadon holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Magnetic Resonance and Catalysis Group at the University of Cambridge, a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a Masters in Chemical Engineering from the University of Manchester. She has also studied and worked on research at the University of Stuttgart, where she conducted her Diplomarbeit (masters thesis). She also carried out process engineering research projects at DuPont and Bayer Pharmaceuticals, collaborated extensively with Johnson Matthey Catalysts, and worked as a financial consultant at Oliver Wyman for banks on credit risk models for financing technology projects.Last Updated: Dec 8, 2017, 3:55pm