Alan Wilson#


Email:directorspa 'at' turing.ac.uk
Membership Number:1121
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:UNITED KINGDOM
Section:SOCIAL SCIENCES
Username:awilson
Elected:1991


Present and Previous Positions
  • 2007 - present Professor of Urban and Regional Systems, UCL
  • 2007 - present Chairman, Arts and Humanities Research Council
  • 2006 - 2007 Master, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.
  • 2004 - 2006 Director-General for Higher Education, Department for Education and Skills, London.
  • 1991 - 2004 Vice-Chancellor, University of Leeds; 1989-1991: Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Leeds
  • 1970 - 2004 Professor of Urban and Regiopnal Geography, University of Leeds; now Emeritus Professor; 1990- 2000, co-founder and Director, GMAP Ltd.
  • 1968 - 1970 Assistant Director, Centrre for Environmental Studies, London.
  • 1966 - 1967 Mathematical Adviser and Head of the Mathematical Advisory Group, Ministry of Transport, London
  • 1964 - 1966 Research Officer, Institute of Economics and Statistics, University of Oxford.
  • 1961 - 1964 Scientific Officer, Theoretical Physics Group, Rutherford Laboratory.


Fields of Scholarship
  • Aspects of mathematical modelling
  • Use of models in planning in relation to all aspects of cities and regions
  • Applications of dynamical systems theory in relation to the task of modelling the evolution of urban structure


Honours and Awards
  • 1978: Gill Memorial Award, Royal Geographical Society
  • 1987: Honours Award, Association of American Geographers
  • 1992: Founder’s Medal, Royal Geographical Society
  • 2003: Honorary Fellow, University College London
  • 2004: Honorary Fellow, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
  • 2004: Laureat d’honneur, International Geographical Union
  • 2004: European Prize, Regional Science Association
  • 2007: Fellow of the Regional Science Association International
  • 2001: Knighted for services to higher education, Queen’s Birthday Honours list
  • 1991: Member, Academia Europaea
  • 1994: Fellow, British Academy
  • 1996: Fellow, City and Guilds of London Institute
  • 2000: Academician, Academy of Learned Societies in the Social Sciences
  • 2002: Chartered Geographer, Royal Geographical Society
  • 2006: Fellow, Royal Society


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