Rios Rojas, Clarissa

Senior Visiting Fellow

  • Clarissa Rios Rojas

    Research Interests

    • Foresight
    • Information security
    • Risk
    • Science Diplomacy
    • Science-Policy Interface
    • The political economy of petroleum resources and renewable energy


    • Doctorate in Molecular and Developmental Biology – University of Queensland (Australia)
    • Master in Biomedicine and Neurosciences – Karolinska Institute University (Sweden)
    • Bachelor in Biology, Genetics and Biotechnology – Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (Peru)

    Biographical Statement

    Dr Rios Rojas is a science diplomat, a government science advisor and, currently, a Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (University of Cambridge) where she works at the interface of science and policymaking. Clarissa conducts research on the risks coming from emerging technologies and also builds Science-Policy interfaces that can provide scientific evidence and advice to different policy stakeholders (public sector, businesses, and civil society).

    Clarissa has worked closely with different international organizations building programs for women’s economic empowerment (UN Women), writing white papers on policy for economic transformation and frontier risks (WEF’s Future Councils), collaborating on the production of reports on Foresight (G20, WHO), leading Science Government Advice workshops (Global Young Academy/INGSA), mentoring scientists in the Global South (UN’s Biological Convention Program), among others. She is also an expert advisor for the OECD (on Global Catastrophic Risks), the UK parliament (bill on Future Generations and Biosecurity) and the UNDRR (new scientific agenda for the Sendai Framework).

    Prior to CSER, she also worked at the Ministry of Environment (Peru), The European Commission’s science and knowledge service (EU Science Hub), the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (Switzerland), and the University of Queensland (Australia).