Policy Links


A unique offering to policymakers


We work closely with UK and international policy practitioners to offer new evidence, insights and tools based on the latest academic thinking and international best practice. The team is equipped with expertise and resources to provide solutions based on:

  • World-class research in the fields of science, technology and innovation (STI) policy.
  • Specialist understanding of established and emerging technologies and industries.
  • Extensive knowledge and practical understanding of international policy approaches and best practice.

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Areas of expertise

  • High value manufacturing and industrial strategy
    The team works with national and regional agencies to develop industrial innovation strategies based on a thorough understanding of modern industries and technologies, and up-to-date knowledge of international best practice.
  • Emerging technologies and innovation policy
    Based on a holistic understanding of industrial innovation systems, the team works with clients to identify the types of policy interventions that can support economic value capture from emerging technologies, given the particular national and local contexts.
  • Regional industrial development and smart specialisation
    Based on novel multidisciplinary and participatory approaches to evidence gathering, the team works with regional government and development agencies to support industrial development and smart specialisation.




Policy Links offers the following services:

  • Policy advice & consulting
    We offer bespoke advice and consultancy services to support STI policy design, implementation and evaluation.
  • Training for policy officials and civil servants
    We offer tailored education services to government departments and agencies based on the latest academic thinking and benchmarking of international practices. Bespoke courses are designed to address specific needs and adapted to suit existing capabilities.
  • Policy workshops and seminars
    We work closely with UK and international counterparts to facilitate policy dialogue. Our workshops and seminars offer policy officials the opportunity to share experiences and address key issues of interest. Over the last couple of years, we have held policy workshops in London, Berlin, Tokyo and Washington.
  • Manufacturing Policy Portal
    We manage an online repository of official policy documents, foresight studies and country briefing notes.

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We work with policy makers, civil servants and agency officials in the areas of science, technology & innovation (STI) policy.


In the UK, clients include The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the High Value Manufacturing CatapultInnovate UK and the British Standards Institution (BSI).




Internationally, we work with national and regional innovation and industrial development agencies across various continents. We also work with international organisations including UNIDO, OECDWorld Economic Forum and UNCTAD.




Policy Links has been established as the (non-for-profit) knowledge transfer unit of Centre for Science, Technology & Innovation Policy (CSTI), University of Cambridge, thanks to the support of the Gatsby Charitable Foundation. Policy Links is part of IfM ECS and is embedded within the Institute for Manufacturing, a division of the University of Cambridge’s Engineering Department.


For more information about Policy Links projects and activities, or to talk to us about working together please get in touch with the team.

For further information please contact:

Ella Whellams

T: +44 (0) 1223 748262

E: erd30@cam.ac.uk

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