Professor Jeremy Watson, CBE MSc DPhil CEng FIET FRSA

Member of the Innovation and Emerging Technologies Policy Panel

Jeremy Watson Jeremy Watson CBE is Managing Director, Capital, Science and Policy at Willis and Professor of Engineering Systems at University College London. Jeremy was previously Arup’s Global Research Director, and until November 2012, Chief Scientific Advisor for the Department of Communities & Local Government (DCLG). Jeremy’s part time staff role as Professor of Engineering Systems at UCL includes service as a Vice-Dean of Engineering Sciences. An engineer by training and practice, Jeremy has held research and technical direction roles in industry and universities, plus voluntary service with BIS, research councils and HEFCE. His specialities include the creation of strategic research agendas, emerging technology identification, R&D and deployment, and innovation processes. Jeremy’s current research interests include the digital built environment, control for energy efficiency and low carbon buildings. He has a developing engagement in cross-domain research, including how design, regulation and technology can influence the behaviour of individuals and organisations.

Jeremy is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a Chartered Engineer. He is a Fellow of the IET and ICE, and a trustee and vice-president of the former. Jeremy is a member of EPSRC Council, a past board member of the Technology Strategy Board and a trustee of the Institute for Sustainability. Jeremy was awarded a CBE in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to engineering.

Public service

  • Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering
  • Member of the HEFCE Research & Innovation Committee
  • Member of the HEFCE REF Advisory Panel
  • Honorary Fellow at the Warwick University Manufacturing Group
  • Past Chairman: IET Innovation & Emerging Technologies Policy Panel
  • Industrial advisor: University of Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing, Imperial College Business School, UCL, Bristol, Southampton and Sussex Universities
  • Recent past Governing Board member: UK Government Technology Strategy Board
  • Founder trustee of the Thames Gateway Institute for Sustainability
  • Member of EPSRC Peer Review College (Chair of IDC Panel, 2008)
  • Past member of EPSRC Engineering Strategic Advisory Team

Current projects - championing

  • Eco-cities Research Programme, collaborative with Chinese and UK universities, EPSRC and
    Chinese funding agencies
  • Institutes for Sustainability in Shanghai and the London Thames Gateway

Both projects address

  • Community engagement for sustainable society
  • Climate change
  • Biodiversity and ecology
  • Transport
  • Data capture and analysis
  • Infrastructure: waste, water & energy and maintainability
  • Low carbon/energy
  • Systems integration

Personal interests

  • Art – Music; listening and choral singing, Graphic; painting and photography
  • Hiking - countryside & coast