Ben Fagan-Watson (né Watson) is a Research Fellow at the Policy Studies Institute (PSI) and CECAN's Knowledge Integrator. He has a long-standing interest in effective evaluation of environmental policy, and is one of the core team running the new ESRC-funded £2.45m Centre for Evaluating Complexity Across the Nexus, which will explore new methods to evaluate the effectiveness of UK environmental policy.
He recently co-ordinated a Rapid Evidence Assessment for Defra on policy evaluation, assessing the impact and implementation of complex environmental policies on complex systems. He also interviewed senior staff in Defra and associated bodies for a project investigating how Defra can enhance in-house policy evaluation.
Ben has numerous other research interests, and is currently leading a project exploring how businesses and trade associations influence EU climate policy. He is Co-Investigator on the Urban Heat project (2015-16) funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, which explores how communities can be involved in preparing for and responding to heatwaves and hot weather in the UK.
He is also Co-Investigator of a 3-year international ESRC-funded project, developing and testing an environmental and construction management toolkit to help local communities in informal settlements in South Africa to be self-reliant and resilient over the long-term.