UKRI Strategic Priorities Fund Constructing a Digital Environment: Membership of the Expert Network


The NERC/UKRI ‘Constructing a Digital Environment’ Programme ( is an exciting challenge, set to develop a ‘digitally enabled environment’, providing benefits for policy makers, businesses, communities and individuals. The focus of the programme is the combination of environmental science, with computer science, data science and behavioural science.

We seek to develop an ‘expert network’ to join us in identifying best practices in ‘digital environment’ and to influence UK environmental policy thinking. You will draw on your expertise in the methodologies and tools for assessing, analysing, monitoring and forecasting the state of the natural environment. The Network of Experts will provide input to the successful operation of the Programme, initiating or contributing to scientific and knowledge exchange initiatives and related events, public engagement, creating and generating resources that will be accessible after the programme ends, signposting existing digital resources and being involved with any other relevant activities that will further future impact and development of the digital environment.

The Expert Network offers an exciting and highly topical opportunity to help shape the UK landscape in ‘digital environment’. Our experts will be influencers and thought leaders, joining at the start of a new scientific approach that will have profound impacts on public policy, environmental stewardship and management, and operating at the nexus of SMART thinking (e.g. Smart Cities; Smart environment), Artificial Intelligence and public policy making. Experts will have the ear of senior members of key organisations in government (e.g. Defra), in public bodies (e.g. the Environment Agency), as well as scientific groups and business. This opportunity is therefore a powerful career springboard for the early-career stage experts, and a chance for the network members to create real impact.

We are seeking 24 experts in total – 8 Early-Career Stage Experts, 8 senior UK-based Experts, and 8 international Experts, all with an annual term, with a prospect of renewal over the three-year Digital Environment programme. All reasonable costs will be covered, and for the early stage experts a fellowship grant will be provided.

Full details are included in the ‘Announcement of Opportunity’.

If you would like to be considered for membership of the network, please send an application to us by October 18th, midday. The application form can be found here. Please email your application and any attachments to A confirmatory email will indicate receipt.