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- Professor of Urban Regional Systems
- Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis
- Faculty of the Built Environment
Sir Alan Wilson is Professor of Urban and Regional Systems in the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London and is Chair of the Arts and Humanities Research Council. He is currently Chair of the Lead Expert Group for the Government Office for Science Foresight project on the Future of Cities and Chair of the Home Office Science Advisory Council. He was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds from 1991 to 2004, and Director-General for Higher Education in DfES from 2004 to 2006. Previous appointments include Assistant Director, Centre for Environmental Studies; Mathematical Adviser, Ministry of Transport; Research Officer, Institute of Economics and Statistics, Oxford University; and Scientific Officer, Rutherford Laboratory. He has held various non-executive appointments. He has been Chairman of Leeds School’s Commission, Chairman of the NHS Complaints Review Committee, a member of the Northern and Yorkshire Regional Health Authority, and Chair of the British Library Advisory Committee on Document Supply. From 1996-2002, he was on the Board of Universities UK and from 1998-2002, was Chair of the Research Policy Group (of Universities UK). From 2000-2004, he was a member of the Economic and Social Research Council and from 2000-2003, Chair of the Board of the Worldwide Universities Network. From 2007-2010, he was Chair of SCORE, the partnership project on science education, and Chair of the British Academy Steering Group on promotion of the arts and humanities and the social sciences. He was the Founding Editor of Environment and Planning A in 1969. He is a Fellow of both the British Academy and Royal Society.
Many aspects of mathematical modelling and the use of models in planning in relation to all aspects of cities and regions - including demography, economic input-output modelling, transport and locational structures. These techniques are now in common use internationally – including the use of the concept of entropy in building spatial interaction models – summarised in Entropy in urban and regional modelling (re-issued in 2011). These models have been widely used in areas such as transport planning, demography and economic modelling. More recently, the applications of dynamical systems theory in relation to modelling the evolution of urban structure. This led to the laying of the foundations of a comprehensive theory of urban dynamics described in Complex spatial systems. He is currently PI on a £2.5M EPSRC project on global dynamics.
For more information on research activities, please follow the link to his web page.
Interdisciplinary research methods (see Knowledge Power published by Routledge in 2010); principles of model building (see The Science of Cities and Regions, published by Springer, in 2012).
|2006 – 2007||Master||Corpus Christi College||Cambridge, United Kingdom|
|2004 – 2006||Director-General of Higher Education||DfES, United Kingdom|
|2000 – 2004||Member||Economic and Social Research Council, United Kingdom|
|2000 – 2003||Chairman||Board of the Worldwide Universities Network, United Kingdom|
|1999 – 1999||Group member||Biotechnology Cluster Group||Department for Trade and Industry, United Kingdom|
|1998 – 2002||Chair||Research Policy Group||Universities UK, United Kingdom|
|1996 – 2002||Board member||Board of Universities UK||Universities UK, United Kingdom|
|1994 – 2000||Chair||Advisory Committee on Document Supply||British Library, United Kingdom|
|1994 – 1996||Member||Northern and Yorkshire Regional Health Authority, United Kingdom|
|1993 – 1994||Chairman||Complaints Review Committee||NHS, United Kingdom|
|1991 – 1993||Chairman||Leeds Schools' Commission, United Kingdom|
|1991 – 2004||Vice-Chancellor||University of Leeds, United Kingdom|
|1986 – 1988||Vice-Chairman||Environment and Planning Committee||Economic and Social Research Council, United Kingdom|
|1982 – 1985||Vice-Chairman||Dewsbury Health Authority||NHS, United Kingdom|
|1979 – 1982||Member||Kirklees Area Health Authority||NHS, United Kingdom|
|1970 – 2004||Professor of Urban and Regional Geography||University of Leeds, United Kingdom|
|1968 – 1970||Assistant Director||Centre for Environmental Studies||London, United Kingdom|
|1966 – 1967||Head of the Mathematical Advisory Group||Ministry of Transport, United Kingdom|
|1964 – 1966||Research Officer||Institute of Economics & Statistics||Oxford University, United Kingdom|
|1961 – 1964||Scientific Officer||Theoretical Physics Group||Rutherford Laboratory, United Kingdom|
|1966||MA||Master of Arts||University of Cambridge|
|1960||BA||Bachelor of Arts||University of Cambridge|