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Professor of Energy, The Open University

William Nuttall joined the Open University in October 2012. Much of his work has focussed on technology and policy issues of civil nuclear power. He has had a leading role in studies devoted to particular energy-related materials including plutonium, helium, uranium, thorium and hydrogen. Much of that work is on-going. Nuttall’s research techniques have included system dynamics especially as applied to problems in resource depletion.

Professor Nuttall’s career started in experimental physics and this technical background informs his interest in energy and technology issues. Beyond energy he has written on matters of industrial policy and, reflecting his physics background, he maintains an active interest in applied complexity science, including spatial agent-based simulation, particularly of energy-related problems.


  • 2002–2012
    Senior Lecturer Technology Policy, University of Cambridge


  • 1993 
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, PhD Physics