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Alan Wilson

Alan Wilson

Sir Alan Wilson FBA FRS


Elected: 2006


Alan Wilson is Chief Executive of the Alan Turing Institute and Professor of Urban and Regional Systems in the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London. He is Chair of the Home Office Science Advisory Council and was Chair of the Lead Expert Group for the Government Office for Science Foresight Project on The Future of Cities from June 2013 to December 2015. He writes the weekly Quaestio blog on research and interdisciplinarity. He was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds from 1991 to 2004 when he became Director-General for Higher Education in the then DfES. From 2007-2013 he was Chair of the Arts and Humanities Research Council. He is a Member of Academia Europaea, an FBA, an FAcSS and an FRS. He was knighted in 2001. His books include Knowledge power (2010), The science of cities and regions (2012), his five volume (edited) Urban modelling (2012), Explorations in urban and regional dynamics (with Joel Dearden, 2015), Global dynamics (Edited, 2016.) and Geo-Mathematical Modelling (Edited, 2016).

Professional positions

Chair, Foresight Project, Future of Cities, Government Office for Science, The Royal Society
Trustee and Board Member, Centre for Cities
Chair, Science Advisory Council, Home Office
Director, Special Projects, Alan Turing Institute

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Mathematics
    • Statistics and Operational Research
  • Health and human sciences
    • Human Geography
  • Other
    • Public understanding of science, Science policy, Scientific information provision, Science education at secondary level


Mathematical modeling, Cities, Nonlinear dynamics

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