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Dr John Kerr 

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Education Policy Sociology

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Postdoctoral By-Fellows,

John Kerr is a postdoctoral research associate at the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication, where he studies how different forms of evidence are understood and used by individuals. He received his PhD in psychology from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and holds a BSc(Hons) in neuroscience and a master’s degree in science communication, both from the University of Otago, New Zealand.

Outside of research, he has also worked in publishing and communications roles in the UK and New Zealand, most recently as a Senior Media Advisor at the Science Media Centre of New Zealand.

His broader research interests include beliefs about debated scientific issues—such as climate change and GM food—and the communication of scientific information to the public. He also has a keen interest in the role of science in policy-making and was a member of the inaugural Science Policy Exchange in New Zealand.