Professor of Energy, The Open University
Fellow of Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge
William Nuttall's research centres upon issues concerning energy technologies and public policy. A major area of activity relates to nuclear energy, the nuclear fuel cycle and possibilities for advanced nuclear energy technologies.
From 2002 to 2012 he taught Technology Policy at Cambridge University. Based in the Judge Business School his post was shared with Cambridge University Engineering Department.
In October 2012 he moved to take up the post of Professor of Energy at The Open University in Milton Keynes. At the OU he is based in the Department of Engineering and Innovation. As part of a collaboration between the OU and Cambridge University, he teaches on the Cambridge MPhil in Nuclear Engineering. He is also an Associate Researcher of the Cambridge-based Electricity Policy Research Group. He is a Fellow of Hughes Hall, a college of the University of Cambridge.
Professor Nuttall is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics. He is Chair of the Editorial Advisory Panel of the the Institution of Civil Engineers’ journal ICE Proceedings – Energy. He serves on the Nuclear Power Committee of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He is a member of the International Organising Committee of the series: International Conferences on Technology Policy and Innovation. He is Co-Director of the EPSRC-funded ICO-Centre for Doctoral Training in Civil Nuclear Energy for Global Markets.
He is an experienced commentator on energy-related issues, he has spoken at the request of the European Commission, the UK government, the UK parliament and various news media (print, broadcast and online).
His research focuses on issues of technology and policy deploying methods such as system dynamics, decision analysis and agent-based simulation.