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Dr Les Levidow

Les Levidow

Profile summary

  • Senior Research Fellow
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Polis, Phil, Econ, Dev, Geog
  • Development
  • l.levidow

Professional biography

B.A., Biology, University of Rochester,1972.

M.A., Biology, Temple University, Philadelphia, 1974.

PhD, Technology Policy, The Open University, 1995.

Research Fellow at The Open University since 1989.

Managing Editor of Science as Culture since its inception in 1987; Editor since 2005.

Research interests

Controversial agricultural technologies, especially agbiotech and bioenergy, as well as alternatives to agri-industrial systems.  These topics provide case studies for several policy-relevant issues: agri-environmental sustainability, European integration, trade conflicts, governance, public participation, regulatory science, the precautionary principle and eco-efficiency. 

Project funding has come from the European Commission and the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).   For a list of past projects, research reports and downloadable papers on agricultural biotechnology, see the Biotechnology Policy Group webpages at

Research projects:

‘Increasing energy yield from the integration of anaerobic digestion and pyrolysis’, funded by the EPSRC Supergen Bioenergy programme, 2013-16, coordinated by Aston University. 

‘Ecowater: Meso-level eco-efficiency indicators to assess technologies and their uptake in water use sectors’, funded by the European Commission during 2011-14, coordinated by the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). Project website:

 ‘Knowledge Production for Sustainable Bioenergy: An analysis of UK decision processes and priorities, funded by the ESRC during 2011-12,

'Co-operative Research on Environmental Problems in Europe (CREPE)’

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Project website:

‘Facilitating Alternative Agro-food Networks (FAAN): Stakeholder Perspectives on Research Needs’

Project website:

 ‘Land-use, biofuels and agri-biotechnology’

Consultancy funded in early 2008 by the Wissenschaftlichen Beirats Globale Umweltveränderungen (WBGU), the Advisory Council on Global Change, Berlin.

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