Skip Content

Lessons from the History of UK Science Policy

With contributions from Dr Kieron Flanagan, Dr Sabine Clarke, Professor Jon Agar, Professor David Edgerton, Dr Claire Craig

This report is the first of the Academy’s Policy Histories and focuses on British science policy.

This Policy History report reflects on historical analyses of the developments in British science policy over the last 100 years, in order to identify insights, trends, and implications for policymakers today. The report asks what lessons this might have for our understanding of the relationship between science policy and industrial strategy, which has become increasingly significant with the UK government’s publication of its Industrial Strategy in 2017.

Publication part of

Policy Histories

This project uses historical insights and learning from history to inform policy making: ‘looking back to look forward’.