Contributors to The Great Debate
James Woudhuysen is a journalist and author of several books.
Currently Visiting Professor at London South Bank University and
previously Professor of Forecasting and Innovation at
De Montfort University, Leicester, James has a knack of registering trends
before other people, and offering counter-intuitive proposals on
what to do about those trends.
His diverse contributions span five decades, including
helping to install and test Britain’s first computer-controlled car park in 1968;
writing about chemical Weapons of Mass Destruction in The Economist, 1978;
co-directing Britain's first major study into the
future of e-commerce in the 1980s;
working for the Henley Centre, Britain's best-known think-tank on
EU markets, where he built up the firm's forecasting on the broader
future of IT and proposed, in 1992, that the Internet be delivered over TV;
reorganised worldwide market intelligence at Philips Consumer Electronics, 1995-7;
issuing a devastating critique of America’s dot.com boom, 1999;
forecasting today’s obsession with work-life balance in 2000;
upholding 3G mobile communications in the face of massive doubts,
The Guardian, 2002; and
influencing UK government policy in favour of the mass production
of housing, 2004. His most recent book,
A Future for Energy Innovation
co-authored with Joe Kaplinsky, is a powerful treatise which,
on top of discussing the nature and extent of climate change,
analyses humanity's response to it.
James Woudhuysen is on the panel of
Plan it Earth:
Is there enough resource for all? at
European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2016
Energise!: A Future for Energy Innovation by
James Woudhuysen and Joe Kaplinsky
'Energise! is a book that every aspiring sustainability consultant and
architect with green leanings should be forced to read...a refreshingly
pragmatic, scientific view of the use of energy in our society...
It is impressive that this is so astute and up to date.'
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