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Dr Will McDowall
Central House
14 Upper Worbun Place
Tel: +44(0) 20 3108 5992
  • Associate Professor
  • Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources
  • Faculty of the Built Environment

Will McDowall is an Associate Professor 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. More recently, he has been involved in research on resource efficiency and the circular economy.

Teaching Summary

Will was Programme Leader for UCL's MSc in Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment (EPEE) between 2015 and 2018. He is module leader for:

  • BENV0016 Energy Technology and Innovation, part of the MSc Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment
  • BENV0077 Eco-innovation and Sustainable Entrepreneurship, part of the MSc Sustainable Resources.
Academic Background
2017 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Sustainability and Technology Policy University of Westminster
2004 MSc Master of Science – Biodiversity and Conservation University of Leeds
2001 BSc Bachelor of Science – Biology University of York
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