Staff Profile:Professor Tim Dixon

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

Academic and research: REF 2021 Impact Lead (School of the Built Environment);
Research Programme Leader: Sustainability in the Built Environment (SustBE)


External Responsibilities:
Member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Smart Cities
Member of the editorial boards of four leading international real-estate journals
Member of the Advisory Board for Local Economy
Member of the review panel for Commonwealth Scholarship Commission
Mentor for the Villiers Park Educational Trust Member of the EPSRC Peer Review Council
Member of the review panels of EPSRC and the RICS Research Paper Series.

Professional Memberships:

Areas of Interest:

Research interests focus across built environment scales but with a strong interdisciplinary element centred on the urban scale, sustainable development, and futures studies. Over the course of more than 30 years in built environment research this has led to projects which have focused, for example, on technology impacts in real estate; economic and social benefits of urban regeneration; brownfield land regeneration; retrofitting the city (EPSRC Retrofit 2050); future city visions (Reading 2050). .
Career Path:
Tim has more than 30 years' experience of research, education and professional practice in the built environment. He 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 he later gained my PhD (in IT Applications in Land Management), and then subsequently as Head of Research at CEM Reading (1985-2005). He then moved to Oxford Brookes University, where he 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:

Urban Living Research Group

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Contact Details

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

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