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Prof. Jim Watson

Research Director

University College London

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Jim Watson is the CCG Research Director. He is Professor of Energy Policy and Research Director at the Institute of Sustainable Resources, University College London (UCL). He was previously Research Director and Director of the UK Energy Research Centre from 2013 to 2019, and Director of the Sussex Energy Group, University of Sussex from 2008 to 2013. Jim has over 25 years’ research experience on climate change, energy, and innovation policy. This includes leading interdisciplinary research on the UK energy transition, international collaborations with colleagues in China, India, Ghana, and Zambia, and a period as a Visiting Scholar at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He frequently advises UK government departments and other organizations and has been a Specialist Adviser with three UK Parliamentary committees. He is chair of the technical advisory group to the World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme (ESMAP), a judge for the Queen's Awards (on sustainable development), and an executive committee member of the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement.