Dr Anne Bardsley

Deputy Director


Anne specialises in transdisciplinary evidence synthesis and knowledge brokerage at the science/policy interface, especially in the environmental and health domains, and in the areas of risk perception and risk assessment. Her current research focuses on the use of evidence in policymaking, the changing nature of interactions between science and societal decision-making (the post-truth dynamic), and concepts of risk and precaution in the context of rapid technological change.

Prior to joining Koi Tū: Centre for Informed Futures she was a Research Analyst and Senior Technical Advisor in the Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, where she led a number of high-impact projects involving close collaboration with leading scientific and policy experts both within New Zealand and internationally. She has extensive experience convening expert panels, working with international thought leaders and helping facilitate public consultation.

Anne previously served as Commissioning Editor for a number of international peer-reviewed scientific journals spanning multiple disciplines. In this role, she helped identify emerging lines of scientific enquiry and facilitated the quality assurance of publications through robust peer review.

Anne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia, and a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA. She has been a Research Fellow at Lund University in Sweden, and at the University of Auckland.

Anne was recognised in the 2020 New Year Honours with the award of Membership of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for her contributions to science and the State.