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Dr Will McDowall

Dr Will McDowall

Lecturer

Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Mar 2010

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.

Education

University of Westminster
PhD, Sustainability and Technology Policy | 2017
University of Leeds
MSc, Biodiversity and Conservation | 2004
University of York
BSc, Biology | 2001

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.

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