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Researcher's Profile

Fellow

David COPE

RCAST Fellow

Biography

1967
University of Cambridge, BA
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1968
London School of Economics, University of London, MSc
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1968
Research Officer, University College London
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1970
Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Nottingham
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1981
Environmental Team Leader, International Energy Agency of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
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1986
Executive Director, UK Centre for Economic and Environmental Development, Cambridge
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1997
Professor of Energy and Resource Economics, Department of Economics, Doshisha University
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1998
Director, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology of the UK Houses of Parliament (-2012)
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2001
PhD, honoraris causa, London Metropolitan University
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2008
Associate, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge
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2013
Commonwealth Scholarships Commissioner, UK
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2014
Foundation Fellow, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge
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2014
Visiting Professor in Science and Technology Policy, Institute for Technology, Enterprise and Competitiveness, Doshisha University
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2015
Visiting Professor, Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction, University College London
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2016
Fellow, RCAST, The University of Tokyo



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2012
Awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette

Research Interests

Unsurprisingly, given that for 14 years, I was Director of the UK Parliament’s Science and Technology Office, my main research interests in recent years have related to ways of delivering concise, independent, analyses and interpretations of current ‘issues’ in science and technology. In particular, I have been concerned with methodological developments and output dissemination in the field of what is commonly called “technology assessment”. I am particularly interested in the role of ‘expertise’ and its juxtaposition with ‘deliberative’, ‘public engagement’ and similar contributions to technology assessment. I have a specific current research interest in “culpability” of expertise, given the constraints on ‘perfect’ knowledge which confront all experts. I have also conducted specific meta-analytical assessments related to numerous scientific and technological subjects, ranging from nuclear plant security and nuclear proliferation to air travel and health.
More recently, I have also been rekindling an older area of research interest – demographic change – and its social and economic consequences. Thus, I am working on a study, to be published by the Parliament of Finland’s “Committee for the Future” on ‘intergenerational relations’ and ‘obligations to the future’, in which I am especially concerned to inform relevant ethical dimensions with quantitative input from demographic analysis.
Besides my own research activities, I have in recent years become increasingly involved in encouraging – and seeking out research support for – bilateral research activities between Japan and the UK (and Europe more widely).



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