Ben Shaw

Ben joined PSI in October 2006 and became Director in June 2015, having previously served as Acting Director since October 2013. He has nearly 20 years’ experience of working on environmental issues at the interface of research and policy. Since joining PSI, he has worked on research projects investigating eco-innovation, environmental tax reform, public responses to environmental policy, the evaluation of policy and research, and children’s independent mobility. He is the lead co-ordinator of the Sustainable Development Research Network (SDRN) and managed the secretariat for the UK Green Fiscal Commission.

As well as taking overall responsibility for the development and direction of PSI, Ben has a particular research interest in the use of evidence in the policy system and the development of evaluation approaches for environmental policy interventions.

Prior to joining PSI, Ben was Principal Policy Adviser at Green Alliance. His work there mainly focused on national-level strategic policy development and advocacy in the areas of waste, resource and product policy, but also included projects on the role of negotiated agreements in UK environmental policy and sustainable consumption.

Ben read Geology at Bristol University and followed this with a MSc and research in geophysics before moving to his work focused on environmental policy and research.

Qualifications

MSc European Environmental Policy and Regulation, Lancaster University, awarded 1996

MSc Applied and Environmental Geophysics, University of Birmingham, awarded 1992

BSc Hons: Geology, University of Bristol, awarded 1990

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Projects


Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus (CECAN)

MIN-GUIDE: Minerals Policy Guidance for Europe

Scoping study to identify potential circular economy actions, priority sectors, material flows & value chains

Evaluation of United Nations Research Institute for Social Development

Sustainable Development Research Network (Phase IV)

Review of evidence on the use of reward and recognition schemes in enhancing recycling and waste prevention behaviours

Independent mobility as a critical aspect of children's development and quality of life - an international comparative study

Developing and delivering Green Fiscal Reform

Expanding the evidence base for the design of policy influencing consumer choice of products and services and environmental impact

Independent Mobility as a Critical Aspect of Children's Development and Quality Of Life

Public perceptions of short term actions government should take to mitigate climate change

Real world consumer behaviour relating to the purchase of environmentally preferable goods

Designing Environmental Policy to be Innovation Friendly

SKEP Call 2 - Science to Policy Process

Bridging Research and Policy Through Outcome Evaluation

Green Fiscal Commission

Sectoral Costs of Environmental Policy (SCEP)

Sustainable Development Research Network (phase III)

Measuring ECO-innovation: ecological and economic performance and DeRIVEd indicators (ECODRIVE)

Publications



Children’s Independent Mobility: An International Comparison and Recommendations for Action


What range of methods is available to evaluate the implementation and impact of complex environmental policies on complex systems?


Review of evidence on the use of reward and recognition schemes in enhancing recycling and waste prevention behaviours


Children's independent mobility: a comparative study in England and Germany (1971-2010)


Expanding the evidence base for the design of policy influencing consumer choice for products and services with environmental impacts: policy briefing


Expanding the evidence base for the design of policy influencing consumer choice for products and services with environmental impacts: final report


Household and economy wide impacts of changing environmental behaviours


Assessing the impact of research on policy: A review of the literature for a project on bridging research and policy through outcome evaluation

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other publications

A Zero Waste UK (IPPR/Green Alliance)

Return to Sender: product policy and producer responsibility

Creative Policy Packages for waste: Lessons for the UK

Signed, Sealed and Delivered? The Role of Negotiated Agreements in the UK

Negotiated Agreements: Best Practice Checklist