Erik Millstone is a Professor of Science Policy at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), in the University of Sussex, and a long-standing researcher into food and agricultural policy. He joined SPRU in 1987, becoming a senior lecturer in 1995, a reader in 2001 and a professor in 2005.
Since 1974 he has been researching into the causes and consequences of scientific and technological change in the food and agricultural sectors.
He is one of the UK's leading independent scholars of food safety policy. Most of his research has focussed on the UK and the EU, but in recent years his interests have extended to cover food and agricultural policies in developing countries.