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Professor of Energy Transition, Heriot-Watt University

Energy Transition Engineering: I am very interested in the new methodologies and tools needed to change existing systems to rapidly shift away from fossil fuels. I have carried out research on every type of renewable and alternative energy technology, and sustainable energy systems. I have developed the Interdisciplinary Transition Management Engineering (InTIME) Methodology and lead an international group in the emerging field. Like Safety Engineering, Transition Engineering actions social responsibility and sound science to deliver change projects that down-shift the exposure to fossil fuel supply and climate change risks. I am interested in research in energy transition of buildings, cities, transportation and freight. I have also worked with rural and remote communities on sustainable development.

Antimicrobial Coatings: I discovered a new mass transport regime that uses pulsed pressure during my PhD. I have been carrying out fundamental processing and materials science for the past 20 years. A new nano-structured TiO2 coating has been discovered that has excellent durability on stainless steel and high photo-catalytic activity in visible light. I am currently interested in understanding the mechanisms that produce the unique structure and properties, and commercial development of the coating technology.


  • 2008–present
    Associate professor, University of Canterbury
  • 2014–present
    Professor, University of Canterbury
  • 2020–present
    Professor and Chair in Energy Transition, Heriot-Watt University


  • 1999 
    University of Colorado at Boulder, PhD

Grants and Contracts

  • 2012
    Geothermal Power Generation Technology Development
    Principle Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Ministry for Business, Innovation and Economy, New Zealand

Professional Memberships

  • Global Association for Transition Engineering (GATE)