John Downer was a Stanton nuclear security postdoctoral fellow for the 2011-2012 academic year. He was previously a Zukerman fellow/postdoctoral fellow at CISAC for 2010-2011. He was educated at the universities of Edinburgh and Cambridge before receiving his doctorate from Cornell University, for a thesis entitled "The Burden of Proof: Regulating Ultra-High Reliability in Civil Aviation." Since graduating he has worked as a research officer at the London School of Economics (LSE) Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR), reworking his research for publication as a book about the theory and practice of auditing the risks of complex and potentially dangerous technologies.
a Stanton nuclear security faculty fellow at CISAC for 2011-2012 and