Dr Gary Fooks is a political sociologist with over 20 years of experience in public policy formation, influence and transfer. He has worked on the influence of economic stakeholders in public policy, the impact of metaregulatory tools (characteristic of Better and Smart Regulation) on contemporary policymaking, evidencebased policy-making, and innovations in regulation. He is currently Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Policy at Aston University, has consultancy experience with several UK government departments, and has been on the advisory panel of major research projects in Canada and the UK. He holds a PhD in the Sociology of Law from the University of Southampton and has been a principal investigator on large grants. In CHIEF, Dr Fooks will be acting as WP 3 coordinator in the Partner Team. He will be also involved in work with policy-makers in WP 8.