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Mr Will McDowall
Central House
14 Upper Worbun Place
London
WC1H0NN
Tel: +44(0) 20 3108 5992
Appointment
  • Lecturer
  • Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources
  • Faculty of the Built Environment
Biography

Will McDowall is a Lecturer at the Energy Institute and Institute of Sustainable Resources at University College London in the UK. Until 2010, he was a Policy Advisor with the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE), in Canada, where he worked on climate change policy and governance. He has previously worked as Research Manager at the Community Energy Association, where he advised local governments on climate and energy policy, as Policy Associate at the Centre for Health and Environment Research at the University of British Columbia, and as a Research Fellow at the Policy Studies Institute in London.

Research Themes
Research Summary

Will McDowall's research activities cover three related areas of interest. First, his work on energy innovation applies 'innovation systems' approaches to understanding the development and deployment of new technologies, and has examined the role of expectations, visions and foresight processes in guiding and shaping technological change. Second, he has an interest in developing scenarios -- using both qualitative, participatory approaches and formal quantitative models -- to explore possible futures of the energy system, and provide insights for policymakers. Finally, he has an interest in the application of innovative technology appraisal methods that open up space for deliberation and debate (such as Multi-Criteria Mapping). Must of his work has explored these interests in the context of hydrogen energy, and renewable energy technologies.

Teaching Summary

Will is Course Director for UCL's MSc in Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment (EPEE). He is module leader for:

  • BENVGEC8 Energy Technology and Innovation, part of the MSc Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment
  • BENVGSR9 Eco-innovation, business and market development, part of the MSc Sustainable Resources.

Will also contributes to:

  • BENVGECD: Planetary economics and the political economy of energy and climate change (module leader Professor Michael Grubb)
  • BENVGEC1: Research Concepts and Methods (module leader Michelle Shipworth)
Academic Background
2004 MSc Master of Science – Biodiversity and Conservation University of Leeds
2001 BSc Bachelor of Science – Biology University of York
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