Tom joined PSI in 2012 and is currently working on the evaluation of the Heat Networks Investment Project, a £320 million capital investment programme run by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy which aims to boost heat network growth in the UK. He has a background in energy systems research and is also interested in cycling and creating liveable cities. He leads the module Environmental Change and Transition to a Low-Carbon Society, a core module on the cross-faculty MA Energy and Environmental Change.
From 2014 to 2015 Tom was seconded to the Energy Research Partnership, where he carried out research on behalf of the Government Office for Science into the options for decarbonising the UK transport sector. He subsequently worked on Managing Heat System Decarbonisation: Transitions and Supporting Infrastructure Development and Urban Heat.
Prior to this he carried out work looking into the role of trade associations in EU and COP21 processes, and on the challenges of evaluating complex environmental policy interventions. He was also a co-author of Scenarios for the Development of Smart Grids in the UK, a UKERC-funded project that employed a range of social research techniques to develop sociotechnical scenarios for a smarter energy system. Tom worked at the trading arm of a Big Six energy company before moving to PSI via the Association for the Conservation of Energy. He holds a master’s in Energy Policy from Exeter University and a BA in Philosophy from UCL.
- MSc Energy Policy, Exeter University
- BA Philosophy, University College London
- Email: T.Watson@psi.org.uk
January 2017 to August 2021
February 2016 to January 2019
November 2015 to April 2016
July 2015 to May 2016
January 2015 to June 2016
September 2014 to March 2015
March 2014 to June 2014
October 2011 to September 2013
Research projectNovember 2014 to April 2015
Energy Options for Transport (secondment to Energy Research Partnership)