Laurie Smith
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Laurie undertakes experimental work in new fields at Nesta and leads for the organisation on futures methods.

Laurie's policy experience spans a wide range of topics from climate change to global health. At the Royal Society, the UK's national academy of science, he led on emerging technologies and futures, and before that managed a team focused on science and innovation policy. Previously he worked at the Academy of Medical Sciences on medical science and international health policy. During that time he undertook secondments at the Department for International Development and Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology.

He studied an interdisciplinary degree that combined the biomedical and social sciences at University College London, for which he received first-class honours, and he undertook an interdisciplinary masters in science at the Open University while working full time for which he received a distinction.

Outside work Laurie enjoys running, reading, travel and spending time with his family. He also once taught English in a Buddhist monastery in India and briefly trained at Rada...just not in acting.