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Jason Chilvers - University of East Anglia. Norwich, , GB

Jason Chilvers Jason Chilvers

Professor of Environment and Society | University of East Anglia


He leads UK Energy Research’s Observatory for Societal Engagement with Energy (SEE).



Jason Chilvers is Professor of Environment and Society and Head of the Science, Society and Sustainability Research Group at UEA. His focus is on effective, democratic methods for involving the public and relevant interest groups in debating and informing practical issues that are addressing sustainability and positive climate change. Jason leads UK Energy Research’s Observatory for Societal Engagement with Energy (SEE) which is developing new approaches for mapping diverse forms of societal engagement in energy and net-zero transitions. He has also been leading the UK Parliament’s Climate Change Citizens Assembly (representative groups of society) that openly debate climate change issues and come to a set of views that will inform future policy and practice.

Jason is the co-author of Remaking Participation: Science, Environment and Emergent Publics which received the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) Amsterdamska Award for its “substantive contribution” to the STS field in terms of “originality and impact”. He has served in expert advisory roles for organisations such as the Royal Society, the Nuffield Council, Defra, the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM), Natural England, Sciencewise, the European Commission and UNEP.

Areas of Expertise (5)

Energy and environmental policy


Climate Change

Climate Change Politics

Social Engagement with Energy

Media Appearances (5)

National observatory to monitor public engagement on net-zero transition

Environment Journal  


Prof Jason Chilvers, who will head the new observatory, said: ‘The observatory will translate this evidence to improve how society is being engaged and how public views and actions are accounted for in addressing urgent problems of energy and climate change.’

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BBC Radio Norfolk : January 24, 2020 06:00AM-07:00AM GMT

BBC Radio Norfolk  


Prof Jason Chilvers (ENV) interviewed about his involvement in Climate Assembly UK, which will bring together people from all walks of life to discuss how the UK can reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050

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‘Responsible innovation key to smart farming’

Future Farming  


"Responsible innovation frameworks should be tested in practice to see if they can make tech more responsible", say Dr David Rose and Dr Jason Chilvers.

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Do Cows Dream Of Robot Milkers? The Unintended Consequences Of Smart Farming



As Dr David Rose and Dr Jason Chilvers, from the University of East Anglia argue in a a recent article published in the Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems journal, “all of these emergent technologies have uses in farming and may provide many benefits. For example, robotics could plug potential lost labour post-Brexit in industries such as fruit picking, while robotics and AI could enable better chemical application, saving farmers money and protecting the environment. They could also attract new, younger farmers to an ageing industry.”

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Responsible innovation key to smart farming



In a new journal article Dr David Rose and Dr Jason Chilvers, from UEA's School of Environmental Sciences, argue that the concept of responsible innovation should underpin the so-called fourth agricultural revolution, ensuring that innovations also provide social benefits and address potentially negative side-effects.

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