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Research interests

Sustainable Energy, Demand Management, Energy Forecasting, Precision Irrigation Systems, Environmental Engineering


Edward Owens is a Professor of Sustainable Energy with an interest in Demand Management, Energy Forecasting, Home Automation, Environmental Engineering, Renewable Energy and Occupancy detection. He is a graduate of the BSc in Applied Physics at Strathclyde University, Glasgow and upon graduation with a first class honours in 1985 took up a post as a Research Associate in the Department of Offshore Engineering at Heriot-Watt University. In 1990 he was appointed as an experimental officer and took on the role of Technical Manager of the Fluid Loading and Instrumentation Centre. He became a lecturer in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2003 and was promoted to senior lecturer in 2006. Professor Owens was the MSc Director for the Civil Engineering Discipline from 2006 until 2010 when he became the Civil Engineering Director of Studies at Heriot-Watt University. He is the Director of Planning for the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society and is the Energy Technology Partnerships national Theme Coordinator for Energy Utilization in Buildings.  Professor Owens is currently the Director of the Heriot Watt Energy Academy with a remit of promoting interdisciplinary research in energy across the University.  He is also a visiting Professor at Yunnan University in Kunming, China and Deputy Diretor of the Heriot-Watt Energy Academy. 

External positions

Energy Technology Partnership

1 Oct 2015 → …


  • TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
  • Demand Management
  • Energy & Renewables
  • micro irrigation

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Research Output

  • A practical review of energy saving technology for ageing populations

    Walker, G. H., Taylor, A., Whittet, C., Lynn, C., Docherty, C., Stephen, B., Owens, E. H. & Galloway, S., Jul 2017, In : Applied Ergonomics. 62, p. 247-258 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 6 Citations (Scopus)
    50 Downloads (Pure)

    Co-designing the next generation of home energy management systems with lead-users

    Peacock, A. D., Chaney, J., Goldbach, K., Walker, G., Tuohy, P., Santonja, S., Todoli, D. & Owens, E. H., Apr 2017, In : Applied Ergonomics. 60, p. 194-206 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 10 Citations (Scopus)
    32 Downloads (Pure)

    Smart Community Energy Systems for Low Carbon Living

    Peacock, A., Owens, E. H., Roaf, S. & Corne, D., 2017, Sustainable Buildings and Built Environments to Mitigate Climate Change in the Tropics: Conceptual and Practical Approaches. Karyono, T. H., Vale, R. & Vale, B. (eds.). Springer International Publishing, p. 91-100 10 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • An Evidence Based Approach To Determining Residential Occupancy and its Role in Demand Response Management

    Chaney, J., Owens, E. H. & Peacock, A., 1 Aug 2016, In : Energy and Buildings. 125, p. 254–266 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 29 Citations (Scopus)
    37 Downloads (Pure)


    Rushlight Resource Innovation Award

    Owens, Edward Hugh (Recipient), Flynn, David (Recipient), Corne, David (Recipient), Andrew Peacock (Recipient) & Robu, Valentin (Recipient), 24 Jan 2018

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Rushlight Water Management Award

    Owens, Edward Hugh (Recipient), Corne, David (Recipient), Flynn, David (Recipient), Robu, Valentin (Recipient) & Andrew Peacock (Recipient), 30 Jan 2018

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Scottish Knowledge Exchange Award

    Owens, Edward Hugh (Recipient), 21 Feb 2019

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    THES Award Nomination

    Owens, Edward Hugh (Recipient), 29 Nov 2018

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Wild EDGE Scotland Award

    Owens, Edward Hugh (Recipient), 14 Jun 2018

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)