Peter J G Pearson

Imperial College London

Peter is Honorary Professor in Faculty of Natural Sciences, Centre for Environmental Policy at Imperial College.


Research Fields:

  • Long run energy technology and fuel transitions and their energy and environmental policy implications, in industrialised and developing countries;
  • Urban energy systems and their sustainability;
  • Sustainable innovation policy processes and transitions to lower carbon emitting energy systems.

Key Experience:

  • Specialist Advisor to the House of Commons Innovation, Universities, Science & Skills Select Committee’s Inquiry into Renewable Electricity Generation (2007-08).
  • The Queen’s Lecture 2007 at the Technical University of Berlin: “Energy Systems in Transition – No Future without Innovation.”
  • Chair, International Evaluation Panel on Environment and Societal Sciences for the Research Council for Biosciences and Environment (RCBE) of the Academy of Finland (2006); member, SUS-EN Sustainable Energy Panel (2007)
  • Invited member EPSRC Peer Review College: 2005-2009;
  • Invited member, EC’s Advisory Group on Energy (AGE) for 6th Framework RTD Programme (2002-2006);
  • Invited reviewer, lead papers in The Energy Journal, Vol 27, special issue on Endogenous Technological Change and the Economics of Atmospheric Stablisation;
  • Invited reviewer, International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook 2006;
  • Invited member, UK National Audit Office Emissions Trading Review Expert Panel (2003-4);
  • Chairman (1992, 2002), British Institute of Energy Economics (BIEE). BIEE Council member since 1990;
  • The International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE) (Elected Vice President for Publications,two terms, 1994-97; Council Member, President’s Appointment, 1993; ex officio 1994-97; Council Committee on Publications, appointed, 1990-92);
  • Invited economic consultant to The Inspection Panel of the World Bank, to review the economic analyses of the Bujagali Dam Project (Uganda) (2001-02), the Chad/Cameroon Oil Pipeline Project (2001-02) and the Cartagena Water and Sewerage Project, Colombia (2004-05);
  • Directed Surrey University’s Energy Economics Centre (SEEC), 1989-1994.
  • ESRC Global Environmental Change Research Fellowship on international energy-related environmental priorities – research in India, Hong Kong & South Korea (1993);
  • Served on the editorial boards of: Energy Economics, Energy Policy, The Energy Journal, Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research.
  • Co-founded Third World Energy Policy Study Group (1984).
  • Secretary (1984-1991), The Input-Output Research Association (IORA)
  • In the 1970s, spent two years at the Institute of Economic Growth in Delhi, coordinating ODA-funded collaborative research and modelling on income distribution, employment and growth.