Main Researchers

Dr Andrew Davies

Andrew Davies obtained his DPhil in social science and technology policy from Sussex University in 1992. After a post-doctoral position at Amsterdam University, he joined SPRU, at the University of Sussex where he became Deputy Director the ESRC Complex Product Systems Innovation Centre. He joined the Imperial College Business School, at Imperial College in 2005 and is Co-Director of the EPSRC Built Environment Innovation Centre (BEIC). As well managing internal BEIC research projects, he is a co-investigator on two large research projects at Imperial College: the EPSRC Urban Water platform grant and the BP Urban Energy Systems Centre. Andrew’s research is primarily concerned with how innovation is managed in project-based organisations.

Dr Lars Frederiksen – Co Investigator

Lars joined the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Group, Imperial College Business School, Imperial College London in August 2006. His research focuses on two domains. The first explores the challenges of open innovation strategies in regulated industries. This is done by studying the unfolding over time of the organization and type of innovation in the UK water industry. The second focuses on the topic of the design process, innovation and learning in mega-projects. For this research he studies the creation of the green field projects including the Dongtan ecocity. Finally, Lars is researching the role and specificities of new forms of communities for innovation. In particular he is interested in online user communities. Key topics addressed are: changes in communities over time, user motivation for invention, boundary spanning and communication patterns, and user entrepreneurship.

Nick Leon- Director Design London and Special Advisor to the Project

Nick is the Director of Design London, a new joint venture between Imperial College and the Royal College of Art focusing on bringing together the disciplines of Engineering, Science, Business and Creative Design to develop new interdisciplinary innovation models. Design London provides academic and research programmes across both the parent institutions, as well as pioneering next generation innovation technology and incubating new firms that exploit this model. Nick is also a Visiting Fellow of Imperial College Business School and teaches on innovation studies. Prior to this he was IBM Global Services Director of Business Development in Europe and led IBM’s services business in the telecommunications industry.He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College London and a Masters degree in Industrial Design from the Royal College of Art.

Professor David Gann

David Gann holds a joint Chair in Imperial’s Engineering and Business Faculties, sitting on Business School Management Board. He has considerable experience in research management and of working on the Advisory Panels of Computer Science Corporation and Willmott Dixon Group. He is Group Innovation Executive at Laing O’Rourke plc, and Chairman of the Think Play Do Group, a spin-out company from Imperial College and University of Queensland. He has been a member of eleven DTI science and technology expert missions in Europe, Japan and the US, and advised the Deputy Prime Minister’s ‘Egan’ Construction Taskforce. These activities have led to major innovation and technology transfer initiatives in industry, including new technological collaboration and trade between firms in the UK and overseas. The ‘Egan’ Taskforce led to a major innovation and performance improvement programme across the UK construction sector for which Prof Gann Chaired the Demonstration Projects Programme which show-cased new technologies on specially chosen projects.

Professor Chen Yi

Chen Yi is a full professor at the College of Architecture and Urban Planning in Tongji University, visiting Professor at Pavia University, and Vice Director of interior and Exterior Environmental Design Committee of the Architectural Society of Shanghai. He is also a First Class registered Architect of the People’s Republic of China. His recent research focuses on ecological architectural design and ecological urban design and has published several books and papers on these research areas.

Other key collaborators

Professor David Fisk

The BP/Royal Academy of Engineering Chair at Imperial College in Engineering for Sustainable Development. Co-director BP Urban Energy Systems project. Professor Fisk’s research interest include systems approaches to understanding the onset of unsustainable development and how this might be best included in risk assessments particularly for large complex systems such as cities. He also convenes the BP Advanced Energy in Buildings Programme on the Imperial campus, which looks at the technologies that will determine building energy consumption thirty years from now. He was previously Chief Scientist and Policy Director in DOE, DETR and DTLR and until 2005 Chief Scientific Adviser to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. Responsibilities included UK Climate Change policy including the Framework Convention and its Kyoto Protocol, the UK’s first National Air Quality Strategy; policy on the safe release of genetically modified organisms and chemicals into the environment, and policy on the disposal of radioactive and other wastes. He was a Council Member of the NERC from 1988 to 2001, Head of the Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Division Building Research Establishment in 1978, including projects such as the brE low energy office. He has extensively published in the fields of engineering, environment modelling and analysis, energy and resource economics, knowledge management and risk.

Professor Zhu Dajian

Zhu Dajian is Professor and Head of Department of Public Management of Tongji University: His research interests include urban and regional development, life quality and human development, circular economy and sustainable development, public management and policy analysis. He has been a consultant for Shanghai government and responsible for several important research projects of national level. He is the author of many books and more than 150 papers and articles, and has received several awards for his research work on sustainable development, urban governance and environmental policy.

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