Professor Mike Stephenson

Executive Chief Scientist, British Geological Survey


Mike Stephenson is Executive Chief Scientist at the British Geological Survey. He began his career as a schoolteacher in rural Africa and stayed there for nearly ten years but returned to Britain to pursue research in the Middle East and Asia, including highlights in Oman, Jordan, Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan. Mike has degrees from Imperial College and Sheffield University. He has professorships at Nottingham, Leicester, Milan (Italy) and Nanjing (China) universities and has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers, while also acting on the editorial boards of several journals, and as Editor-in-Chief of an Elsevier geological journal. His books include ‘Shale gas and fracking: the science behind the controversy’ published in 2015 and ‘Energy and Climate Change’ published in 2018.