Staff Profile:Professor Tim Dixon

Professor Tim Dixon
Job Title:
Professor of Sustainable Futures in the Built Environment

Academic and research.
Research Programme Leader: Sustainability in the Built Environment (SustBE)
Co-director of Centre for Technologies for Sustainable Built Environments (TSBE)

BA(Hons), PhD, DipDistEd(AECS), FHEA, Hon. FIGP, FRICS, FRSA

External Responsibilities:
Member of the editorial boards of four leading international real estate journals (Journal of Property Investment and Finance, the Journal of Property Management, the Journal of Building Appraisal and Journal of Sustainable Real Estate); member of the Advisory Board for Local Economy; member of the review panel of the RICS Research Paper Series; member of the RICS Sustainability Taskforce Group.
Member of the EPSRC Peer Review Council.
Fellow of CORE (Centre of Refurbishment Excellence).

Areas of Interest:

Sustainable buildings, communities and cities; sustainable development and professional practice; urban regeneration and property development and investment; retrofitting across scales; futures studies.
Career Path:
I have more than 25 years' experience of research, education and professional practice in the built environment. I started my career as a valuer (and qualified chartered surveyor) in the Valuation Office (after graduating from Leeds University with a first class honours degree in geography in 1980), before moving back into academia in 1983, firstly at the University of Reading in the Dept of Land Management & Development, where I later gained my PhD (in IT Applications in Land Management), and then subsequently as Head of Research at CEM Reading (1985-2005). I then moved to Oxford Brookes University, where I was Director of OISD and Professor of Real Estate (2005-2012), before moving to the University of Reading (again) within the School of Construction Management and Engineering in July 2012.
Research Background:
Since 2001 more than £2.5mn in research income has been secured. I have worked on collaborative research projects with UK and overseas academics and practitioners, including the EPSRC programme of research into brownfield issues (SUBR:IM 2004-2007). I have also worked on a range of funded sustainability-based research programmes, including European Investment Bank EIBURS (social sustainability and urban renewal), RICS Green Gauge project, and RICS Education Trust/Kajima Foundation ('A Comparative Study of UK-Japan Brownfields'). I also contributed to the evidence review for the Foresight Land Use Futures programme and was a former steering group member of Oxford University’s Martin School Future Cities programme. I am currently working on a number of projects at city and community/building level (for example, Reading 2050, BRE CASE studentship on urban design and value, and Climate KIC). I am also working in consultancy role with a number of key players in the property sector to operationalise the measurement of social sustainability in property development and regeneration projects, building on the OISD's EIB work, which I developed and led. The EIB work led to the book, Urban Regeneration and Social Sustainability in which I was principal co-author.
Examples of recent research projects:
Since 2001 more than £2m in research income has been secured. These include the following projects:

  • Climate – KIC. ‘Smart and Sustainable Districts.’ Led by Institute for Sustainability. UoR year one budget (£23,605). PI - Dr Stefan Smith. CIs - Prof. Janet Barlow (School of Meteorology), Prof. Peter Clark (School of Meteorology), Prof. Tim Dixon, Prof. Sue Grimmond (School of Meteorology), Dr Michael Peters, Prof. Li Shao, Dr Jacopo Torriti. Project period 01/01/2015 – 31/12/2015
  • Climate – KIC Innovation Pathway. 'OBBEC - Office Buildings Behaviour Change'. €150,000 overall award value (UoR £23,321). Institute for Sustainability (lead partner), University of Reading, Valencia Institute of Buildings, Econitor. Prof. Tim Dixon.
  • BRE Trust. ‘Recognising mutual benefits of sustainable homes to all stakeholders.’ Award value £25,100. PI – Prof. Martin Sexton. CIs - Prof. Tim Dixon, Prof. Peter Wyatt (REP). Project period 15/09/2014 – 14/08/2015.
  • RICS Education Trust (2011-12): 'Hotting Up?: An Analysis of Low Carbon and Energy Reduction Plans in UK Cities' - £6,975
  • EPSRC RETROFIT 2050 (Re-engineering the City) Programme (2010-2014) (with Cardiff, Salford and Cambridge Universities) - £350,000 in total grant of £2.4 m
  • Kajima Foundation/RICS Trust (2009-10) - Brownfield Regeneration in UK and Japan - £16,900
  • RICS Green Gauge Research (Annual Survey: 2009-2011) - £26,750
  • IPF Occupier Demand for Sustainable Offices (2007-08) - £49,500
  • European Investment Bank (EIB) Social Sustainability and Urban Renewal (2006-2009) - £200,000
  • IPF EPBD Situation Review (2007) - £8,750
  • RICS Green Profession (2006-07) - £50,000
  • EPSRC SUBR:IM (2003-2006) Development Industry and Climate Change Projects - £110,000

He is also jointly supervising (with Dragana Nikolic) Rosalie Callway for a three and a half year BRE CASE studentship on 'urban design and value', and this also links with ongoing work on social sustainability, partering with Social Life (for example Countryside Properties and the Acton Gardens development).

Research groups / Centres:

Transitions to a low carbon economy
Walker Institute Research Associate 

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Professor Tim Dixon

Contact Details

+44 (0) 118 378 7181
137 Chancellor's Building

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