Professor Tim Dixon

Professorial Chair in Sustainable Futures in the Built Environment and REF 2021 Impact Lead for School of the Built Environment

Tim’s discipline of origin is geography and he is also a qualified Chartered Surveyor. Tim’s 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; urban futures and foresight and retrofitting the city (EPSRC Retrofit 2050).

Tim’s work incorporates a strong participatory element and co-creation to research. He leads the continuing Reading 2050 research at the University, and sits on the Reading 2050 Visioning Group. This work has underpinned other successful research bids such as the Thames Valley Smart City Cluster with Reading Borough Council and Peter Brett Associates (funded by Thames Valley Berkshire LEP/ESIF) and the DfT/DEPT Thames Valley Live Lab project.

Tim is a member of the editorial boards of five leading international real-estate journals; a member of the Advisory Board for Local Economy; a member of the review panel for Commonwealth Scholarship Commission; a mentor for the Villiers Park Educational Trust and a member of the review panels of EPSRC and the RICS Research Paper Series. He is also co-chair of the Reading Climate Change Partnership and sits on the industry group advising Wokingham Borough Council on climate change.


Urban Living Projects

· EPSRC Retrofit 2050
· Reading 2050
· Social sustainability and social value in UK housebuilding
· Smart cities and big data for the built environment

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