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Department of Engineering

Prof. Julian Allwood


Julian Allwood

Professor of Engineering and the Environment

Academic Division: Civil Engineering

Research group: Structures

Telephone: +44 1223 3 38181


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Research interests

Julian Allwood’s research focuses on environmental systems and sustainability, including study of ‘material efficiency’ – delivering material services with less new material; looking at energy demand reduction in the UK, with a focus on industry; exploring future resource pathways to anticipate the coupled stresses associated with future demand for energy, land and water services; searching for solutions to mitigate mineral criticality; and developing novel metal forming processes which explores the full potential of computer-controlled flexible forming processes, including demonstrating their application to industrial partners.

Strategic themes

Energy, transport and urban infrastructure

Dr Allwood’s research focuses on identifying and pursuing opportunities where engineering can contribute to a low carbon future, particularly through reduced energy demand in industry.


Julian Allwood has a first degree in engineering from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD in the control of metal rolling processes and an MBA, both from Imperial College, London. The first 10 years of his career were funded by contracts with the Alcoa Technical Centre in Pittsburgh, working on the modelling and control of hot and cold strip rolling. In 1996 he was appointed as a lecturer in mechanical engineering at Imperial College, and moved to the University of Cambridge in 2000, where he is now a Senior Lecturer, and also Fellow and Director of Studies in Engineering at Gonville and Caius College.

He is  joint editor-in-chief of the Journal of Materials Processing Technology, Vice-Chairman of the Scientific Technical Committee on metal forming of the International Academy of Production Engineering (CIRP) and has been appointed a Lead Author of the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change with a focus on mitigation in Industry. From 2009-2013 he is funded by a £1.5m EPSRC Leadership Fellowship to lead a major collaborative project on achieving global carbon emissions targets for steel and aluminium.