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Adrian Ely

Adrian Ely

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ADRIAN ELY is a Senior Lecturer at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex, UK, and Deputy Director of the STEPS Centre.  He has been conducting comparative research on biotechnology regulation and governance since 2001, including projects in the USA, Europe, Kenya and China.  More broadly, he is interested in innovation policy and environmental sustainability, and has conducted related interdisciplinary work across the energy, agriculture and health domains.  Adrian visited the STS Program in 2004-5, whilst carrying out his PhD fieldwork. His doctoral project, completed in 2006, compared the ways in which scientific evidence was employed in the formulation and support of policies surrounding genetically modified maize (Bt corn).


Ely, A., S. Geall and Y. Song (2016) Sustainable maize production and consumption in China: practices and politics in transition, Journal of Cleaner Production

Tyfield, D., A. Ely and S. Geall (2015) Low carbon innovation in China: from overlooked opportunities and challenges to transitions in power relations and practices, Sustainable Development, 23 (4). pp. 206-216

Ely, A., P. van Zwanenberg and A. Stirling (2014) Broadening out and opening up technology assessment: approaches to enhance international development, co-ordination and democratisation. Research Policy, 43 (3). pp. 505-518

Ely, A., A. Smith, A. Stirling, M. Leach and I. Scoones (2013) Innovation politics post-Rio+20: hybrid pathways to sustainability? Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 31 (6), 1063-1081

Leach, M., J. Rockström, P. Raskin, I. Scoones, A. C. Stirling, A. Smith, J. Thompson, E. Millstone, A. Ely, E. Arond, C. Folke and P. Olsson (2012) Transforming Innovation for Sustainability. Ecology and Society 17 (2): 11

STEPS Centre (2010) Innovation, Sustainability, Development: A New Manifesto

Ely, A. (2006) Regulatory Appraisals of Bt Maize: A Study of Science in Governance, DPhil thesis, University of Sussex

POST (2004) “Handling Uncertainty in Scientific Advice” POSTNote 220 (produced while on an ESRC-funded fellowship at the UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology), available at

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