Senior Researcher, Explorations

Laurie Smith



Join Date

March 2018

What I do

Laurie contributes to Nesta’s thought leadership on future technologies and trends, analysing the technological, social and economic aspects of emerging developments. He sits within the Explorations team and has cross-cutting responsibilities applying his knowledge of novel research and policy methods to explore emerging trends, behaviours and innovations likely to intersect with Nesta's priority areas of work. Alongside horizon scanning he devises content for dynamic, participative events, including for Nesta’s flagship event FutureFest. 


Laurie has over ten years’ experience in science and innovation policy at national academies, parliament and government. Previously he led on emerging technologies and futures at the Royal Society, the UK's national academy of science. His work included developing an emerging technologies strategy and associated projects, building futures capability and providing internal consultancy on experimental policy methods. In an earlier role at the Royal Society he led a science and innovation policy team that investigated topics such as public investment in research, research architecture, scientific advice, immigration and research data. 
Prior to joining the Royal Society Laurie worked at the Academy of Medical Sciences on a wide range of policy topics including global and public health, UK and international research and innovation, and climate change. This included secondments to the Department for International Development and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology. 
Laurie holds interdisciplinary BSc in human sciences from University College London and an MSc in Science from the Open University. His interests include travel, reading and running. In a past life Laurie worked in scientific publishing.