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Jim Watson
Associate Faculty (University of Sussex Business School)

Selected publications


Watson, Jim, Pye, Steve, McGlade, Christophe, Ekins, Paul and Bradshaw, Mike (2018) The future role of natural gas in the UK: a bridge to nowhere? Energy Policy, 113. pp. 454-465. ISSN 0301-4215

Hooper, Tara, Austena, Melanie C, Beaumonta, Nicola, Heptonstall, Philip, Holland, Robert A, Ketsopouloub, Ioanna, Taylor, Gail, Watson, Jim and Winskel, Mark (2018) Do energy scenarios pay sufficient attention to the environment? Energy Policy, 115. pp. 397-408. ISSN 0301-4215

van Sluisveld, Mariësse A E, Hof, Andries F, van Vuuren, Detlef P, Boot, Pieter, Criqui, Patrick, Matthes, Felix C, Notenboom, Jos, Pedersen, Sigurd L, Pfluger, Benjamin and Watson, Jim (2017) Low-carbon strategies towards 2050: comparing ex-ante policy evaluation studies and national planning processes in Europe. Environmental Science & Policy, 78. pp. 89-96. ISSN 1462-9011

Kern, Florian, Gaede, James, Meadowcroft, James and Watson, Jim (2016) The political economy of carbon capture and storage: an analysis of two demonstration projects. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 102. pp. 250-260. ISSN 0040-1625

Watson, Jim, Gross, Robert, Ketsopoulou, Ioanna and Winskel, Mark (2015) The impact of uncertainties on the UK's medium-term climate change targets. Energy Policy, 87. pp. 685-695. ISSN 0301-4215

Watson, Jim, Ockwell, David, Byrne, Robert and Stua, Michele (2015) Lessons from China: building technological capabilities for low carbon technology transfer and development. Climatic Change, 131 (3). pp. 387-399. ISSN 0165-0009

Hall, Jim W, Rai, Neha, Watson, Jim W and et al, (2014) Assessing the long-term performance of cross-sectoral strategies for national infrastructure. Journal of Infrastructure Systems, 20 (3). ISSN 1076-0342

Watson, Jim, Kern, Florian and Markusson, Nils (2014) Resolving or managing uncertainties for carbon capture and storage: lessons from historical analogues. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 81. pp. 192-204. ISSN 0040-1625

Chalmers, Hannah, Gibbins, Jon, Gross, Rob, Haszeldine, Stuart, Heptonstall, Phil, Kern, Florian, Markusson, Nils, Pearson, Peter, Watson, Jim and Winskel, Mark (2013) Analysing uncertainties for CCS: from historical analogues to future deployment pathways in the UK. Energy Procedia, 37. pp. 7668-7679. ISSN 1876-6102

Markusson, Nils, Kern, Florian, Watson, Jim, Arapostathis, Stathis, Chalmers, Hannah, Ghaleigh, Navraj, Heptonstall, Philip, Pearson, Peter, Rossati, David and Russell, Stewart (2012) A socio-technical framework for assessing the viability of carbon capture and storage technology. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 79 (5). pp. 903-918. ISSN 0040-1625

Byrne, Robert and Watson, Jim (2012) Achieving universal energy access. The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077

Stechow, Christoph von, Watson, Jim and Praetorius, Barbara (2011) Policy Incentives for Carbon Capture and Storage Technologies in Europe: A Qualitative Multi-Criteria Analysis. Global Environmental Change, 21 (2). pp. 346-357. ISSN 0959-3780

Watson, Jim and Sauter, Raphael (2011) Sustainable innovation through leapfrogging: A review of the evidence. International Journal of Technology and Globalisation, 5 (3/4). pp. 170-189.

Ockwell, David G, Haum, Ruediger, Mallett, Alexandra and Watson, Jim (2010) Intellectual property rights and low carbon technology transfer: conflicting discourses of diffusion and development. Global Environmental Change, 20 (4). pp. 729-738. ISSN 0959-3780

Praetorius, Barbara, Martiskainen, Mari, Sauter, Raphael and Watson, Jim (2010) Technological innovation systems for microgeneration in the UK and Germany - a functional analysis. Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, 22 (6). pp. 745-764. ISSN 0953-7325

Wang, Tao and Watson, Jim (2010) Scenario Analysis of China's Emissions Pathways in the 21st Century for Low Carbon Transition. Energy Policy, 38 (7). pp. 3537-3546.

Watson, Jim and Scott, Alister (2009) New nuclear power in the UK: A strategy for energy security? Energy Policy, 37 (12). pp. 5094-5104. ISSN 0301-4215

Wang, Tao and Watson, Jim (2008) China's carbon emissions and international trade: Implications for the post 2012 regime. Climate Policy, 8 (6). pp. 577-587.

Haas, Reinhard, Watson, Jim and Eichammer, Wolfgang (2008) Transitions to sustainable energy systems. Energy Policy, 36 (11). pp. 4009-4011. ISSN 0301-4215

Watson, Jim, Sauter, Raphael, Bahaj, Bakr, James, Patrick, Myers, Luke and Wing, Robert (2008) Domestic micro-generation: Economic, regulatory and policy issues for the UK. Energy Policy, 36 (8). pp. 3085-3096.

Bergek, Anna, Tell, Fredrik, Berggren, Christian and Watson, Jim (2008) Technological Capabilities and Late Shakeouts: Industrial Dynamics in the Advanced Gas Turbine Industry, 1986-2002. Industrial and Corporate Change, 17 (2). pp. 335-392. ISSN 0960-6491

Ockwell, David G, Watson, Jim, MacKerron, Gordon, Pal, Prosanto and Yamin, Farhana (2008) Key policy considerations for facilitating low carbon technology transfer to developing countries. Energy Policy, 36 (11). pp. 4104-4115. ISSN 0301-4215

Sauter, Raphael and Watson, Jim (2007) Strategies for the deployment of microgeneration: implications for social acceptance. Energy Policy, 35 (5). pp. 2770-2779. ISSN 0301-4215

Magnusson, Thomas, Tell, Fredrik and Watson, Jim (2005) From CoPS to mass production? Capabilities and innovation in power generation equipment manufacturing. Industrial and Corporate Change, 14 (1). pp. 1-26.

Watson, Jim (2004) Co-provision in sustainable energy systems: the case of micro-generation. Energy Policy, 32 (17). pp. 1981-1990. ISSN 0301-4215

Watson, Jim (2004) Selection environments, flexibility and the success of the gas turbine. Research Policy, 33 (8). pp. 1065-1080. ISSN 0048-7333


Mitchell, Catherine, Watson, Jim and Whiting, Jess, eds. (2013) New challenges in energy security: the UK in a multipolar world. Energy, climate and the environment . Palgrave MacMillan, Basingstoke. ISBN 9781137298843

Book Section

Hiteva, Ralitsa and Watson, Jim W (2016) Governance of interdependent infrastructure provision. In: Hall, Jim W, Tran, Martino, Hickford, Adrian J and Nicholls, Robert J (eds.) The future of national infrastructure: a system-of-systems approach. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 294-309. ISBN 9781107066021

Watson, Jim, Wang, Xinxin and Kern, Florian (2015) Energy systems and innovation. In: Ekins, Paul, Bradshaw, Mike and Watson, Jim (eds.) Global Energy: Issues, Potentials, and Policy Implications. Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN 9780198719526

Mytelka, Lynn, Abdel Gelil, Ibrahim, Aguayo, Francis, Boyle, Grant, Breukers, Sylvia, de Scheemaker, Gabriel, Kemp, Rene, Monkelbaan, Joachim, Rossini, Carolina, Watson, Jim and Wolson, Rosemary (2012) Policies for capacity development. In: Johansson, Thomas B, Patwardhan, Anand, Nakicenovic, Nebojsa and Gomez-Echeverri, Luis (eds.) Global energy assessment: toward a sustainable future. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 1745-1802. ISBN 9781107005198

Watson, Jim (2012) Climate change policy and the transition to a low-carbon economy. In: Dolphin, Tony and Nash, David (eds.) Complex new world: translating new economic thinking into public policy. Institute for Public Policy Research, London, pp. 95-108.

Byrne, Robert, Smith, Adrian, Watson, Jim and Ockwell, David (2012) Energy pathways in low-carbon development: the needs to go beyond technology transfer. In: Ockwell, David and Mallett, Alexandra (eds.) Low-carbon technology transfer: from rhetoric to reality. Earthscan Routledge, pp. 123-142. ISBN 9781849712699

Watson, Jim and Byrne, Robert (2012) Low-carbon innovation in China: the role of international technology transfer. In: Ockwell, David and Mallett, Alexandra (eds.) Low-Carbon Technology Transfer: From Rhetoric to Reality. Routledge, Abingdon and New York, pp. 63-84. ISBN 9781849712699

Ockwell, David G, Byrne, Robert, Smith, Adrian and Watson, Jim (2012) Energy pathways in low carbon development: the need to go beyond technology transfer. In: Ockwell, David G and Mallett, Alexandra (eds.) Low-Carbon Technology Transfer: From Rhetoric to Reality. Routledge, Abingdon and New York, pp. 123-142. ISBN 9781849712699

Watson, Jim and Devine-Wright, Patrick (2011) Centralisation, decentralisation and the scales in between. In: Pollitt, M and Jamasb, T (eds.) The Future of Electricity Demand: Customers, Citizens and Loads. Cambridge University Press, pp. 542-577.

Watson, Jim (2009) Technology assessment and innovation policy. In: Scrase, Ivan and MacKerron, Gordon (eds.) Energy for the future: a new agenda. Energy, climate and the environment . Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 123-146. ISBN 9780230221529

Scrase, I, Bauknecht, D, Kern, F, Lehtonen, M, MacKerron, G, Martiskainen, M, McGowan, F, Ockwell, D, Sauter, R, Smith, A, Sorrell, S, Wang, T and Watson, J (2009) Conclusions: transitions, governance and appraisal. In: Scrase, Ivan James and MacKerron, Gordon (eds.) Energy for the Future. A New Agenda. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 223-238. ISBN 9780230221512

Watson, Jim and Scrase, Ivan (2009) CCS in the UK: Squaring coal use with climate change? In: Meadowcroft, James and Langhelle, Oluf (eds.) Caching The Carbon: The Politics and Policy of Carbon Capture and Storage. Edward Elgar, pp. 158-185. ISBN 978-1848444126

Martiskainen, Mari and Watson, Jim (2009) Energy and the citizen. In: Scrase, Ivan and MacKerron, Gordon (eds.) Energy for the future: a new agenda. Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 165-182. ISBN 9780230221529

Watson, Jim (2009) Is the move toward energy security at odds with a low-carbon society? In: Giddens, A, Latham, S and Liddle, R (eds.) Building a low carbon future: the politics of climate change. Policy Network, London, pp. 33-43.

Watson, Jim, Sauter, R and B, Praetorius (2008) On the dynamics of microgeneration diffusion in Germany and UK. In: Foxon, Tim, Köhler, Jonathan and Oughton, Christine (eds.) Innovation for a Low Carbon Economy: Economic, Institutional and Management Approaches. Edward Elgar.

Sauter, Raphael and Watson, Jim (2007) Micro-generation: A Disruptive Innovation for the UK Energy System? In: Murphy, Joseph (ed.) Governing Technology for Sustainability. Earthscan.

Edited Book

Ekins, Paul, Bradshaw, Mike and Watson, Jim, eds. (2015) Global energy: issues, potentials and policy implications. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198719526

Conference or Workshop Item

Watson, Jim and Byrne, Robert (2011) China’s low carbon technology ambitions: the relationship between indigenous innovation and technological transfer. In: Research Network “Governance in China” and Association for Social Science Research on China (ASC) Joint International Conference, 9-11 December 2011, University of Hamburg, Germany.

Markusson, Nils, Kern, Florian and Watson, Jim (2010) Assessing CCS Viability - A Socio-technical Framework. In: International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Technologies 10, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Watson, Jim (2008) Setting priorities in energy innovation policy: lessons for the UK. In: Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs,, October 2008, Harvard Kennedy School.

Conference Proceedings

Lovell, Katherine, Watson, Jim and Hiteva, Ralitsa Navigating complexity for next generation infrastructure: integrating governance and modelling analysis. International Symposium for Next Generation Infrastructure, One Great George Street, London, 11th-13th September 2017. Published in: ISNGI Conference Proceedings 2017. 250-260.

Reports and working papers

Bradshaw, Mike, Bridge, Gavin, Bouzarovski, Stefan, Watson, Jim and Dutton, Joseph (2014) The UK's global gas challenge. Project Report. UK Energy Research Centre, London.

McGlade, Christophe, Bradshaw, Mike, Anandrajah, Gabrial, Watson, Jim and Ekins, Paul (2014) A bridge to a low carbon future? Modelling the long-term global potential of natural gas. Project Report. UK Energy Research Centre, London.

Cloete, Eugene, Buckley, Chris, Godfrey, Linda, Hildebrandt, Diane, Makhafola, Makhapa, Pouris, Anastassios, van Zyl, Emile and Watson, Jim (2014) The state of green technologies in South Africa. Project Report. Academy of Sciences of South Africa and Ministry of Science and Technology, Republic of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa.

Ekins, Paul and Watson, Jim (2014) UK energy in a global context: synthesis report. Technical Report. UKERC, London.

Watson, Jim, Gross, Rob, Ketsopoulou, Ioanna and Winskel, Mark (2014) UK energy strategies under uncertainty: synthesis report. Technical Report. UKERC, London.

Tran, M, Hall, J, Hickford, A, Nicholls, R, Alderson, D, Barr, S, Baruah, P, Beavan, R, Birkin, M, Blainey, S, Byers, E, Chaudry, M, Curtis, T, Ebrahimy, R, Eyre, N, Hiteva, R, Jenkins, N, Jones, C, Kilsby, C, Leathard, A, Manning, L, Otto, A, Oughton, E, Powrie, W, Preston, J, Qadrdan, M, Thoung, C, Tyler, P, Watson, J, Watson, G and Zuo, C (2014) National infrastructure assessment: analysis of options for infrastructure provision in Great Britain. Interim results. Technical Report. ITRC, Oxford.

Watson, Jim, Kern, Florian, Gross, Matt, Gross, Rob, Heptonstall, Phil, Jones, Felicity, Haszeldine, Stuart, Ascui, Francisco, Chalmers, Hannah, Ghaleigh, Navraj, Gibbins, Jon, Markusson, Nils, Marsden, Wendy, Rossati, David, Russell, Stewart, Winskel, Mark, Pearson, Peter and Arapostathis, Stathis (2012) Carbon capture and storage: realising the potential? Project Report. UK Energy Research Centre, London.

Pearson, Peter and Watson, Jim (2012) UK Energy Policy 1980-2010: A history and lessons to be learnt. Other. Parliamentary Group for Energy Studies, London.

Watson, Jim, Byrne, Robert, Morgan Jones, Molly, Tsang, Flavia, Opazo, Jose, Fry, Caroline and Castle-Clarke, Sophie (2012) What are the major barriers to increased use of modern energy services among the world’s poorest people, and are interventions to overcome these effective? Project Report. Collaboration for Environmental Evidence, Bangor.

Watson, Jim, Byrne, Robert, Stua, Michele, Ockwell, David, Zhang, Xiliang, Zhang, Da, Zhang, Tianhou, Zhang, Xiaofeng, Ou, Xunmin and Mallett, Alex (2011) UK-China collaborative study on low carbon technology transfer: final report. Project Report. SPRU, University of Sussex.

Byrne, Rob, Smith, Adrian, Watson, Jim and Ockwell, David (2011) Energy Pathways in Low-Carbon Development: From Technology Transfer to Socio-Technical Transformation. Working Paper. University of Sussex, Falmer.

Watson, Jim, Byrne, Robert, Ockwell, David and Stua, Michele (2010) Low carbon technology transfer: lessons from India and China. Other. Sussex Energy Group, Brighton.

Watson, Jim, Scrase, Ivan and Stapleton, Lee (2010) Transforming the UK Energy System: Policies for the 2020 Renewables Target and Beyond. Unset. A report for Friends of the Earth. SPRU, University of Sussex.

Ockwell, David, Watson, Jim, Mallett, Alexandra, Haum, Ruediger, MacKerron, Gordon and Verbeken, Anne-Marie (2010) Enhancing developing country access to eco-innovation: the case of technology transfer and climate change in a post-2012 policy framework. Working Paper. OECD Publishing, Paris.

Watson, Jim and Johnson, Oliver (2010) Renewable Energy Technologies for Rural Development. Project Report. UNCTAD current studies on science, technology and innovation. Geneva: UNCTAD.

Watson, Jim (2010) UK gas security: threats and mitigation strategies. Project Report. A report commissioned by Greenpeace UK,, Brighton.

Wang, Tao and Watson, Jim (2009) China's Energy Transition: Pathways for Low Carbon Development. Project Report. SPRU and Tyndall Centre, University of Sussex.

Ockwell, David, Ely, Adrian, Mallett, Alexandra, Johnson, Oliver and Watson, Jim (2009) Low Carbon Development: The Role of Local Innovative Capabilities. Working Paper. STEPS Centre, Falmer.

Sauter, Raphael and Watson, Jim (2008) Technological Leapfrogging: A Review of the Evidence. Unset. Report for UK Department of International Development. SPRU, University of Sussex,.

Wang, Tao and Watson, Jim (2007) Who Owns China's Carbon Emissions? Unset. Norwich: Tyndall Centre..

Watson, Jim, MacKerron, Gordon, Ockwell, David and Wang, Tao (2007) Technology and carbon mitigation in developing countries: Are cleaner coal technologies a viable option? Background paper for Human Development Report 2007. Discussion Paper. United Nations, Brussels.

Ockwell, David, Watson, Jim, MacKerron, Gordon, Pal, Prosanto and Yamin, Farhana, et al (2007) UK–India collaboration to identify the barriers to the transfer of low carbon energy technology: Final report. Project Report. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, London.


Watson, Jim and Hiteva, Ralitsa (2014) [The Conversation] Britain’s infrastructure must be made to work in harmony and here’s how.

Byrne, Robert, Schoots, Koen, Watson, Jim, Ockwell, David, de Coninck, Heleen, Gallagher, Kelly and Sagar, Ambuj (2012) Innovation systems in developing countries. Climate Strategies, Cambridge.

Watson, Jim, Byrne, Robert, Ockwell, David, Stua, Michele and Mallett, Alex (2010) Low carbon technology transfer: lessons from India and China. Sussex Energy Group / Tyndall Centre.