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Research interests

Sustainable Development Systems-level solutions within civil engineering, the built environment and environmental management Water resources systems modelling, water supply network modelling Critical Infrastructure Systems Asset and resource management Risk and Reliability assessment International Development Carbon Management Engineering Education.


Paul is Executive Director of the Scottish Institute of Sustainable Technology, a joint venture between the University and the international engineering consultancy MWH. Paul Jowitt is a graduate of Imperial College, London and lectured there from 1974 until he took up the Chair of Civil Engineering Systems at Heriot Watt University in 1987. He was Head of the Department of Civil and Offshore Engineering from 1989 to 1999. He is the lead investigator in a consortium between Heriot-Watt and Cambridge Universities on the EPSRC-funded ISSUES Project (Implementation Strategies for Sustainable Urban Environment Systems) to facilitate knowledge transfer for EPSRC’s Sustainable Urban Environments Programme. Paul Jowitt is a Past President of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) 2009-2010. He chaired the ICE Presidential Commission - “Engineering without Frontiers” - to examine society’s expectations of civil engineers in the 21st Century. He was chair of the ICE Task Group to embed sustainable development into civil engineering curricula and professional development. Paul Jowitt was author of the ICE’s 6th Brunel International Lecture “Engineering Civilisation form the Shadows” – addressing the issues of Global Poverty and Climate Change. Paul is a Member of the EPSRC Peer Review College, a Fellow of the City of Guilds of London Institute, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He is a non-Executive Director of United Utilities Water and a former Board Member of Scottish Water (2002-2008). He is Editor of the International Journal "Civil Engineering and Environmental Systems”, Chairman of the Trustees of the charity Engineers Against Poverty. He is also a Trustee of the Forth Bridges Visitor Centre Trust, and The Steamship Sir Walter Scott Trust. He is a founder member of "The Edge" – an ICE/RIBA/CIBSE Ginger Group created to increase public and political awareness of the role of engineers and architects. In 2011, Paul received a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to Technology.

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Research Output

Special Issue on Resilience

Jowitt, P. W. & Milke, M., 3 Apr 2015, In : Civil Engineering and Environmental Systems. 32, 1-2, p. 1-4 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

2 Citations (Scopus)

Decisions, decisions

Jowitt, P. W., Dec 2013, In : Civil Engineering and Environmental Systems. 30, 3-4, p. 285-293 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

5 Citations (Scopus)

A protocol for carbon emissions accounting in infrastructure decisions

Jowitt, P., Johnson, A., Moir, S. & Grenfell, R., 1 May 2012, In : Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Civil Engineering. 165, 2, p. 89-95

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

4 Citations (Scopus)

A systems journey - with the systems boys

Jowitt, P., 2010, In : Civil Engineering and Environmental Systems. 27, 3, p. 201-209 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 4 Citations (Scopus)