Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex

The University of Sussex (UOS) is a higher education institution established in August 1961 for the advancement of learning and knowledge by teaching and research. Over 75 per cent of Sussex research activity is rated as world leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised. In the 2018-19 Times Higher University World Rankings, Sussex was ranked 19th in the UK, 68th in Europe, and 147th in the world. It has a dynamic and thriving research culture with strengths across the sciences, arts, social sciences and medicine with a focus on interdisciplinary research. It currently has over 15,000 students and 2,100 staff from all over the world. It has had 3 Nobel Prize winners, 14 Fellows of the Royal Society, 12 Fellows of the British Academy and a winner of the prestigious Crafoord Prize on its faculty. In the financial year 2016/2017 the total income was £286 million and the value of the University’s total portfolio of external project research income was £36 million, ranging from commercial funders to charities and public-sector organisations (including governmental departments).

The Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex is a world-leading department which combines research, consultancy and high-level policy advice with postgraduate teaching in science, technology, and innovation policy and management.

Dedicated highly recognized skills/expertise
  • Sociotechnical systems analysis, social acceptance, public policy mechanisms, expert solicitation & qualitative social science
  • Business models generation for new technologies