Professor David Cope


Former director - Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology

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David Cope was elected a Foundation Fellow of College in 2014, having been a Life Member since 2008.  From 1998 to 2012 he was Director of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology at the UK Parliament.  Before that, he was Professor of Energy and Resource Economics at Doshisha University, Kyoto, one of the overseas universities with which the College has a special relationship. He remains a Visiting Professor there, involved with projects on technology's interface with society.  In 2016, he was also appointed a Fellow at another of the College's partners in Japan - RCAST at the University of Tokyo.  David’s links with Japan go back to 1983 – and he has also been a Visiting Fellow at the University of Hong Kong – and the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii, Manoa.  Unsurprisingly, therefore, he has a strong interest in promoting links with East Asia.

Born and raised in Surrey, apart from one week on a field course in the Yorkshire Dales, for David, Cambridge was the furthest north he had ever ventured in Britain when he came up in 1964.  He counts himself hugely fortunate to have benefitted from the mentoring of Eric Ashby (one of the three founders of Clare Hall) in the fields of environmental science and policy “Without Eric’s sagacious advice”, he says, “my career would have been immeasurably poorer – and I feel that by helping Clare Hall, I am repaying the enormous debt I owe to him”.