Professor of Engineering and the Environment at the University of Cambridge
Julian Allwood is Professor of Engineering and the Environment at the University of Cambridge. He worked for 10 years for Alcoa, prior to developing an academic career, initially at Imperial College, and from 2000 in Cambridge.
In parallel with developing new manufacturing technologies for metals, he has built up a research group looking at environmental systems and production. From 2009-13 he held an EPSRC Leadership Fellowship, to explore ‘material efficiency’ as a climate mitigation strategy – delivering material services with less new material. This led to publication in 2012 of the book “Sustainable Materials: with both eyes open” which was listed by Bill Gates as one of his top six reads of 2015.
In 2016 he published a summary report on the future of the UK industry, putting the case for increased recycling of domestic scrap. He was a Lead Author of the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and is joint editor-in-chief of the Journal of Materials Processing Technology.