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Jim Watson is Director of the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) and a Professor of Energy Policy at the University of Sussex. He was Director of the Sussex Energy Group at Sussex from Dec 2008 to Jan 2013. Jim has a first degree in engineering from Imperial College London and a PhD in science and technology policy from Sussex. He has 20 years’ research experience on climate change, energy and innovation policy. His recent outputs include a co-edited book: New Challenges in Energy Security: The UK in a multipolar world (Palgrave, 2013) and leading UKERC’s recent report: Energy Strategies under Uncertainty (2014). He frequently advises UK government departments and other organisations. He was an advisor to the Government Office for Science for a Foresight project on energy (2007-08), and has been a Specialist Adviser to three Parliamentary Select Committees. Jim has extensive international experience, including over ten years working on energy scenarios and energy innovation policies in China and India. In 2008, he spent three months as a Visiting Scholar at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Jim is a member of the BEIS fossil fuel price assumptions panel, a judge for the Queens Awards (sustainable development) and a member of the Global Challenges Research Fund strategic advisory group.

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