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Simon Waldman

Assistant Professor, Heriot-Watt University

Simon Waldman started his research career at Heriot-Watt's Orkney campus, in the far north of Scotland. Orkney is an international hub for marine renewable energy development, which allowed him to gain an overview of the industry from engineering to environment, from policy to the marine operations.

While there he completed a PhD looking at the use of computer modelling to predict both the tidal power available in a given region, and the effects of removing that energy from the flow.

Subsequently Simon worked at the University of Edinburgh, Marine Scotland Science, and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in the USA. After a period gaining teaching and programme leadership experience at the University of Hull, he returned to Heriot-Watt in 2023, where he now leads the MSc in Renewable & Sustainable Energy Transition.


  • 2019–present
    Lecturer, University of Hull
  • 2019–2019
    Postdoctoral research associate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • 2014–2018
    Research associate, Heriot-Watt University
  • 2017–2017
    Research associate, University of Edinburgh


  • 2018 
    Heriot-Watt University, PhD
  • 2011 
    Heriot-Watt University, MSc Renewable Energy Development


  • 2018
    (see website for publication list),

Grants and Contracts

  • 2021
    SSI Fellowship
    Funding Source:
    Software Sustainability Institute
  • 2017
    NERC Innovation Placement
    Funding Source:
    Natural Environment Research Council