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Prof. Jeremy Watson

Director of PETRAS; Co-I Modelling for Socio-technical Security (MASS)  

Dr Jeremy Watson is Professor of Engineering Systems and Vice-Dean (Mission) in the Faculty of Engineering Sciences, based in the Department of Science Technology, Engineering and Public Policy. He is the Director of the PETRAS Centre as well as a Chief Scientist and Engineer at the Building Research Establishment (BRE). Until November 2012, Jeremy was Chief Scientific Advisor for the Department of Communities & Local Government (DCLG – now MHCLG).  He worked as Arup’s Global Research Director between 2006 and 2013. Jeremy was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s 2013 Birthday honours for services to engineering. An engineer by training, Jeremy has experience as a practitioner and director of pure and applied research and development in industry, the public sector and academia. He has held research and technical management roles in industry and universities plus voluntary service with the DTI and BIS. His interests include interactions in, and the design of, socio-technical systems, cybersecurity (including cyber-physical) emerging technology identification, development and deployment, and strategic innovation processes. Jeremy is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. At the RAEng, Jeremy chairs the Engineering Policy Centre Committee and is lead Fellow for the National Engineering Policy Centre. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Engineering Technology (Past Chairman: IET Innovation & Emerging Technologies Panel). Jeremy Watson was President of the IET between October 2016 and October 2017. 

Areas of Expertise 

Behaviour Change; Data Science; Energy; Public Policy & Governance; Risk & Security; Systems Engineering; eResearch 


NPL Science & Technology Advisory Council (STAC); Technology Strategy Board (now Innovate UK); Institute for Sustainability and of Building SMART UK; NERC Innovation Advisory Board and Building SMART UK; Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). 

Twitter: @ProfJeremyW