Professor Jeremy Watson

Professor of Engineering Systems, STEaPP at University College London (UCL)

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Professor of Engineering Systems and Vice-Dean Engineering Sciences at UCL
Associate Fellow of the Centre for Science and Policy

Jeremy Watson is Professor of Engeering Systems at University College London. He was previously Global Research Director at Arup, where he had corporate responsibility for Arup's strategic relationships and programmes leading to collaboration and technology transfer with universities, government departments, research councils and the private sector. Particular focus on emerging technologies and their impact on Arup's businesses.

Until November 2012, Jeremy was Chief Scientific Advisor for the Department of Communities & Local Government (DCLG), a post he held since November 2009. He is also a former President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Jeremy has held research and technical management roles in industry and academe including service with the DTI, DIUS and EPSRC. His specialties include Strategic Technology Development and Transfer, Innovation Processes and NPD Management. He has technical expertise in Industrial Instrumentation and Control, Power Electronics, Signal Processing and Biomedical Engineering. Current research interests include Renewable Energy, Control for Energy Efficiency and Ambient Assistive Technologies.

Jeremy is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Institute of Civil Engineers, a Fellow and Trustee Board member of the IET (Past Chairman: IET Innovation & Emerging Technologies Panel), a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, a Senior Member of the IEEE and Visiting Professor at the Universities of Southampton and Sussex. He is a former Board member of the UK Government Technology Strategy Board, and was a founding member of the Institute for Sustainability.

Jeremy serves on the Council of the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). In the Queen’s 2013 Birthday honours Jeremy was awarded a CBE for services to engineering.

  • 18 June 2024, 9:30am

    2024 CSaP Annual Conference

    The announcement of the General Election on 4 July offers a unique and timely opportunity for our conference speakers and participants to explore a wide spectrum of possibilities in areas such as innovation and productivity; healthcare and prevention; and nature recovery and climate. Academics and policy professionals will present their latest work and its implications for public policy.

  • 9 December 2011

    Professional Development Policy Seminar for engineers

    The Centre for Science and Policy and the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge are working together to deliver a Professional Development Policy Seminar for early career researchers.

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    Professional Development Policy Seminar for Engineers

    In December, CSaP and the Engineering Department at the University of Cambridge co-hosted a Professional Development Policy Seminar for early-career engineers. Co-sponsored by the IET, 32 researchers from 7 universities heard from engineering experts and policy professionals on the opportunities and realities of engaging with policy. For Marcus Pelenu, a PhD student at the Centre for Sustainable Development, Department of Engineering, this seminar resulted in a work placement in the Cabinet Office.