Alastair Iles


Alastair Iles

1994 Harvard Menzies Scholar

Scholarship biography (at time of award)

Alastair Iles was awarded the scholarship to complete a LLM in the School of Law at Harvard University.

Studied at: Harvard University

Current Biography

Alastair Iles is Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at the University of California, Berkeley, in the Division of Society & Environment. He is an environmental policy and social science scholar whose research focuses on the intersections of science, technology, and environment, predominantly around industrial chemicals and sustainable food systems. In the food and agriculture domain, Iles has researched and published in the areas of sustainable seafood, aquaculture sustainability standards, public policies for diversified farming systems, food retailer sustainability strategies, and consumer knowledge about food. He now emphasizes public policies for making transitions to a sustainable food system in particular, along with food sovereignty, farmer knowledge systems, and the connections between bio-based chemicals and agricultural production. Iles is also the Law and Policy Associate Director at the Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry. He is a co-PI of the new Berkeley IGERT Systems Approaches to Green Energy grant, a $4.1 million effort to expand green chemistry research at UC Berkeley. Iles was a co-founder of, a consumer information start-up that began at ESPM.

“I am originally from Melbourne, Australia. I began my career as an environmental lawyer in a large corporate law firm before I switched to the environmental policy and social science fields during graduate studies at Harvard University. After working with Sheila Jasanoff at Harvard, I undertook postdoc training at the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley, which exposed me to the practices and challenges of interdisciplinary research. As well as being an academic, I strongly believe in working with and for environmental and social NGOs. In my "free time", I revel in making clay sculptures, bicycle riding, and reading or watching science fiction.”

Scholarship Year: 1994

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