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Steven Clarke

Steven Clarke
The final group project is a great eye-opener to anyone who might wish to consider consultancy work during their career. The project consists of almost everything a consultancy assignment would normally include: management of client expectations, development of a methodology, long hours, on-site visits and interviews with stakeholders.
Steven Clarke

Learning how to have an impact outside of the lab

"I enrolled in the MPhil in Technology Policy to complement my background in biotechnology with a better understanding of policy, economics and management of technology, in order to pursue my career working with the EU institutions in policy areas related to science and technology. I feel that the core modules of the programme provide the theoretical background in technology policy, and as the year progresses you are taught about the real-world policy context in which scientific policy issues are raised. This is particularly interesting when you are faced with a real-world issue for technology policy to analyse and discuss. The programme allowed for a great deal of flexibility in the optional modules, which I used to further my knowledge of policy matters regarding energy, sustainable development or the socio-economic benefit of R&D, all of which have been of great value in my career working with the EU institutions.

"The final group project is a great eye-opener to anyone who might wish to consider consultancy work during their career. The project consists of almost everything a consultancy assignment would normally include: management of client expectations, development of a methodology, long hours, on-site visits and interviews with stakeholders. I had the privilege of working with the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic on a project that would help set out the foundations for a real-life policy benefitting applied research in the country. As student projects go, the fact that our work was going to be meaningful and have an impact was something quite special."

Biography

Steven is a Senior Adviser at PwC EU Services where he works on projects for the EU institutions, International Financial Institutions and EU member state government ministries. He primarily works in the areas of the development of scientific capacity, EU financial instruments and in sustainable development. Before coming to Cambridge Steven worked at the European Investment Bank as a consultant working in the Joint Assistance to Support to Projects in European Regions (JASPERS) team of the Projects Directorate. He also received an MSc in Biotechnology, Bioprocessing & Business Management from the University of Warwick, and a BSc in Biology from the University of Bath.

Programme

MPhil Technology Policy 2013

Country

UK

Company

Senior Adviser, PwC EU Services