Will McDowall is a lecturer at the UCL Energy Institute and Institute of Sustainable Resources, where he is Course Director for the MSc Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment. His research is interdisciplinary, and focuses on climate and energy policies, particularly focused on energy innovation policy, and on the sustainability appraisal of energy technologies and pathways. He has expertise in a wide range of qualitative and quantitative research methods, including energy systems modelling, deliberative multi-criteria mapping, systematic literature review, qualitative interviews and participatory scenario building.
In addition to research, Will lectures on the economics and policy of energy innovation. In 2014, he appeared as an expert witness on low-carbon innovation to the House of Commons Select Committee on Energy and Climate Change. Prior to working at UCL, Will worked as a policy advisor in the Canadian federal government, and before that he was research fellow at the Policy Studies Institute (2004-2006).
Will is pursuing his PhD by published work at PSI. The publications on which his PhD portfolio is based span several years of work research on hydrogen energy, and explore the role of scenarios and visions in the governance of sustainability transitions.