Andy Stirling is Professor of Science and Technology Policy in the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex and longstanding member of the Sussex Energy Group. He is Co-Director of the STEPS Centre, Deputy Director of the DEFRA/ESRC Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group and Director of a University Enterprise on Multicriteria Mapping. Professor Stirling is an interdisciplinary researcher, policy advisor and teacher on issues concerning democracy and sustainability in science, technology and innovation with an education background in Science and Astronomy, Masters in Archaeology and Social Anthropology and a Doctorate in Technology Policy. His research focuses on directions of progress, knowledge and power, precaution and participation, ‘Opening Up’ social appraisal and diversity and transformation. He has contributed to 8 books/monographs, 3 edited books, 52 academic book chapters, and 47 refereed articles.