Alice Bell, Head of Policy, Climate and Health

Alice leads Wellcome's policy activities across its Climate and Health challenge area.

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Alice sits as a bridging point between the Policy team and colleagues building research activities in the new Climate and Health team. She also works extensively with external partners across climate and health – within academia, civil society and the private sector.

Prior to joining Wellcome in July 2022, Alice co-ran the climate action charity Possible, working on everything from campaigns for clean home heating to research into solar-powered railways. Before joining the charity sector, she worked as an academic and as a freelance writer and editor, specialising in the politics of science, technology and the environment.

She has Bachelor's and Master's degrees in the history and sociology of science and education from UCL, and a PhD in science communication from Imperial College. She is the author of ‘Can We Save the Planet?’ (Thames and Hudson, 2020) and ‘Our Biggest Experiment: a history of the climate crisis’ (Bloomsbury, 2021), which was shortlisted for the 2022 Wainwright Prize for writing on global conservation.