Steven Ney completed his doctorate in the policy sciences at the Department of Comparative Politics in the University of Bergen. Trained as a policy analyst at the University of London, he has worked on a wide range of policy issues in a number of research institutes including the LOS Center in Bergen, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Comparative Research in the Social Sciences (ICCR) in Vienna and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg.
After spending four years from 2005 as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Singapore Management University, Steven Ney became Assistant Profssor for Policy Science and Social Entrepreneurship at Jacobs University, Bremen in August 2009. Starting as a researcher of environmental issues, particularly climate change, he has developed an interest in analysing the way societies deal with complex and uncertain policy challenges. Specifically, Steven Ney is interested in processes of institutional change and reform. Recently, he has concentrated on social innovation and social entrepreneurship as a means of bringing about sustainable institutional change.