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Meet our team

The Intellectual Forum has a small core staff and then works with a wide range of people and organisations who contribute to our work. Some of these are short pieces of project work and some are longer-term interactions. If you would be interested in working with us, please contact us.

Our Director: Dr Julian Huppert

Julian Huppert joined the Forum in 2016 as its founding Director. He is a former Member of Parliament for Cambridge and University Lecturer in Physics, where he worked on unusual structures of DNA.

Since returning to academic life, his research focus changed to look at science and technology policy, including the challenges of privacy in the digital age. He has also worked on how to best use evidence in public policy making – a perennial challenge.

He has a wide range of other interests, working within the NHS, as a Director of the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust, and as Senior independent Trustee of Cycling UK. He was named the ISPA ‘Internet Hero of the Year’ in 2013 and was also voted ‘Parliamentary Beard of the Year’, defeating Jeremy Corbyn.

Our Deputy Director: Dr Sarah Steele

Sarah joined Jesus College in 2017 and is now Deputy Director and a Senior Research Associate at Jesus College, as well as an Affiliated Researcher in the POLIS. Having held posts at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Oxford, amongst other institutions in the UK, USA and Australia, Sarah is a passionate researcher at the interface of Medicine, Law, Criminology, Public Policy, Sociology, and Global Health. Her work explores how we affect social change around issues that impact upon people's wellbeing in contemporary society. She has worked extensively on health and human trafficking, public health responses to exploitation, and clinical responses to vulnerable migrants in the National Health Service. Sarah works with non-government oragnisations and private bodies to support improvements around the world that further health and wellbeing.

Our Interns:


Freddie Preece: July-Sept 2017, June 2018


Freddie is the Forum's first student intern. He is an undergraduate student at Jesus College, where he is studying towards a BA in Classics. His current research for the Forum explores how generational tensions have changed over time, and what can be done to resolve them.

His passion for Classics is typical of his interdisciplinary attitude to life, whether that be his love for technology and astrophysics, or his interests in journalism and literature. Unlike his colleagues, he is (regrettably) a caffeine-intolerant life form.

Cormac Devlin: Aug-Sept 2017


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