The Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP) promotes engagement between academic research and government in order to improve the use of evidence in public policy and better inform academics about the public policy dimensions of their research.

Centre for Study of Existential Risk (CSER) is a multidisciplinary research centre dedicated to the study and mitigation of risks that could lead to human extinction.  Its goal is to help steer a small fraction of the great intellectual resources devoted to research and innovation to the task of avoiding extinction-level threats posed by emerging technologies.

OpenPlant is a UK Synthetic Biology Research Centre co-funded by BBSRC and EPSRC to develop open source tools for synthetic biology.  The focus on plants has potentially far-reaching consequences for production of biostuffs, from fibres, wood, oils, sugar, fine chemicals, drugs to food. OpenPlant has a strong commitment to responsible innovation.

The Synthetic Biology Strategic Research Initiative is an interdiscplinary hub for researchers in Cambridge and external collaborators who are interested in the interface of biology and engineering, with a strong focus on open technologies.


The Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence has a mission to build a new interdisciplinary community of researchers, with strong links to technologists and the policy world, and a clear practical goal: to work together to ensure that we humans make the best of the opportunities of artificial intelligence as it develops over coming decades.


Dr Robert Doubleday, CSaP’s director, will coordinate participation of the Cambridge partners in VIRI.

VIRI Leader Robert Doubleday is director of the Centre for Science and Policy at the University of Cambridge.

Member since 2015

Selected RRI Publications

Open Letter for Robust AI Research Posted. January 11, 2015. Cambridge, Centre for the Study of Existential Risk: See also research priorities document it refers to: 


Price, Huw and Sean O hEigeartaigh. 2014. "Policy, Decision-Making and Existential Risk." In Government Office for Science. Innovation: Managing Risk, Not Avoiding It. Annual Report of the Government Chief Scientific Adviser, 117.


Beckstead, Nick, Nick Bostrom, Niel Bowerman, Owen Cotton-Barratt, William MacAskill, Sean O hEigeartaigh, and Toby Ord. "Unprecedented Technological Risks." Policy brief:


Doubleday, Robert and Brian Wynne. 2011. "Despotism and Democracy in the UK: Experiments in Reframing Relations Between the State, Science and Citizenship. In Reframing Rights: Bioconstitutionalism in the Genetic Age, ed. Sheila Jasanoff. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262015950.003.0126


Doubleday, Robert and Ana Viseu. 2010. "Questioning Interdisciplinarity: What Roles for Laboratory based Social Science?" In Nano Meets Macro: Social Perspectives on Nanoscale Sciences and Technologies, eds. Kamilla Kjølberg and Fern Wickson. Singapore: Pan Stanford Publishing, 55-84.

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