Dr Philip Davies

Philip Davies

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I joined the School of Engineering and Applied Science in 2005, having spent 2 years as a Royal Society Industry Fellow at the University of Warwick. Prior to that I held positions as a Senior Consultant at Scientific Generics Ltd (Cambridge), a Senior Mechanical Engineer at Melles Griot Ltd (Ely), and a Project Engineer at Lightworks Ltd (London).

In addition I have held research posts at the Instituto de Energía Solar, of the Universidad Politécnica of Madrid, and at the School of Engineering Science of the University of Oxford.

After graduating from Imperial College in 1984, I completed a graduate apprenticeship at W. H. Allen Ltd, Bedford, where I learnt about manufacturing and design practice in precision mechanical engineering.

Research interests

My main research activities are in renewable and efficient energy systems and in their application for water treatment and agriculture. I am particularly interested in small scale systems for deployment in rural areas and developing countries. I belong to the Sustainable Environment Research Group.

Teaching Activity

ME4504 - Renewable Energy - Module Leader

PD4001 - Research Project (MSc) - Module Leader

PD4005 - Sustainable Design - Module Leader


  • 2011 – date: Reader, School of Engineering & Applied Science, Aston University, Birmingham (and Associate Dean Research, 2011-14).
  • 2005 – 2010: Senior Lecturer in Engineering Design, School of Engineering & Applied Science, Aston University, Birmingham.
  • 2003 – 2005: Royal Society Industry Fellow, School of Engineering, University of Warwick.
  • 2000 – 2003: Senior Consultant, Scientific Generics Ltd, Cambridge


  • BSc with First Class Honours in Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College, London, 1984
  • DPhil in Biomedical Engineering,  Oxford, 1989
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Aston University, 2007.

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