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Dr Steve Smith

Dr Steve Smith

Tipping Points Research Impact Fellow


 Laver Building 801


Laver Building, University of Exeter, North Park Road, Exeter, EX4 4QE, UK


I am the Tipping Points Research Impact Fellow at the Global Systems Institute (GSI), University of Exeter. I also hold a Visiting Research Fellowship at the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP), University of Surrey, and am a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts (FRSA) in London. I co-lead the work on positive social tipping points at the Global Systems Institute, and am part of the core project team producing the Global Tipping Points Report. I served as an expert reviewer to the UN IPCC’s Working Group III Sixth Assessment Report (AR6-WG3), and to the Swiss National Science Foundation.

I have authored a variety of peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, policy-papers, popular articles and blogs. I regularly give talks to public, corporate and academic conferences/events. 

Broad research specialisms:

Positive social tipping points, systems-thinking, system-wide transformations to a sustainable future. 


Ph.D. Environment and Sustainability, University of Surrey. Thesis: towards an understanding of advocacy coalitions for rapid transition to net zero carbon in the United Kingdom.

M.Sc. Environmental Technology, Imperial College, London.

B.Sc. (Hons) Geography, University of London

B.Sc. (Hons) Psychology, The Open University.

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