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Dr Claire Craig CBE IPR Advisory Board member

Dr Claire Craig CBE is The Provost of The Queen's College at the University of Oxford.


Dr Claire Craig CBE is The Provost of The Queen's College at the University of Oxford.

After reading Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, Dr Craig specialise in geophysics. During her career, she has worked extensively on strategy and science in decision-making, including periods at McKinsey & Co and the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit, working in the Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Defence. She was also previously the Director of the UK Government Office for Science.

Most recently, Dr Craig was the Chief Science Policy Officer at the Royal Society. During her time there, the Society ran significant policy and public programmes on Machine Learning, the governance and ethics of the uses of data, AI narratives and the implications of AI for the future of work, together with a major public lecture series on AI supported by DeepMind.

She is a member of the Government's first AI Council, an independent expert committee created in 2019 to help boost growth of AI in the UK and promote its adoption and ethical use in businesses and organisations across the country.

Dr Craig was awarded a CBE for her part in developing the UK government’s science-based strategic futures programme, Foresight, which provided evidence and insights to decision-makers in areas from flood risk in 2080, to human enhancement, and the future of computer-based trading in financial markets.

She has also held Board-level roles at a range of research and teaching institutions, including the Council of King’s College London, where she helped establish King’s Maths School, a university-sponsored Free School for talented 16-19-year-old mathematicians; the University of the West of England; and Newnham College, Cambridge.

Her first book How does government listen to scientists? was published by Palgrave in August 2018.