TECHNICAL ADVISER – EXPERT ASSOCIATE
Dr Owen is a practical, time served engineer with 25 years experience in renewable energy technologies and sustainable development. After achieving a 1st Class BEng (Hons) in 2002, he completed his PhD in Marine Hydrodynamics in 2007. Increasingly concerned that sustainability is seen only as a techno-centric issue, Dr Owen created the Centre for Understanding Sustainability in Practice (CUSP) in 2009 with a view to creating interdisciplinary projects with a particular focus on the behavioural change/ technology interface. Since then CUSP has attracted over £1.8 million funding from many different sources, providing research and consultancy services for sustainable food/energy/water nexus projects in UK, South East Asia and West Africa, interfacing with the full social range from indigenous fishing communities to government leaders. He has published peer-reviewed journal papers, book chapters and provided renewable energy advice to BBC programme makers. With Dr. Sugardjito, Dr. Owen had initiated the formation of CSERM in 2014 and has since then been a Partner Investigator of CSERM-CUSP joint projects in a number of UK-Indonesia sustainable energy initiatives.
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