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Prof Jim Watson

Post:Professor of Energy Policy (The Sussex Energy Group, SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit)
Location:JUBILEE BUILDING JUB-330
Email:W.J.Watson@sussex.ac.uk

Telephone numbers
Internal:3539 or 8166
UK:01273 873539 or 01273 678166
International:+44 1273 873539 or +44 1273 678166

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Biography

I am Research Director of the UK Energy Research Centre, which is based at Imperial College, London. From Dec 2008 to Jan 2013, I was Director of the Sussex Energy Group at the University of Sussex.

My other roles include:

I have been a specialist adviser to the House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee for its inquiry into The UK's Energy Supply: Security or Independence? (Apr-Oct 2011); and the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee for its inquiries on the Draft Climate Change Bill, Climate Change: The Citizen's Agenda and Energy Efficiency and Fuel Poverty (Mar 2006 to Jun 2009).

In have also been Chair of the British Institute for Energy Economics in 2011; a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics working party on new approaches to biofuels (Sep 2009 to Apr 2011); a Lead Expert with the UK government Foresight project on Sustainable Energy Management and the Built Environment (2007-2009); and a member of the IPPR New Era Economics panel (2010-12).

From June to August 2008, I was a Visiting Scholar with the Energy Technology Innovation Policy group at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

I have been at SPRU since 1993, initially as a DPhil research student and since 1997 as a member of staff. My first degree in Electrical Engineering is from Imperial College London. The degree was linked to an engineering apprenticeship with the Rover Group from 1988 to 1992.