Short CV/Education and training

  • 1975
    BA (Hons) Geography, Exeter University, 2.1

  • 1976 – 1977
    Consultant, Unit for Retail Planning Information, Reading

  • 1977 – 1979
    Economist, Barclays International Economics Unit

  • 1979 – 1981
    Research Assistant, Institute of Planning Studies, Nottingham University

  • 1981 – 1987
    Research Fellow, Department of Chemical Engineering, Loughborough University

  • 1987 – 1997
    Lecturer/Senior Lecturer Centre for Hazard & Risk Management Loughborough University

  • 1996
    PhD, Loughborough University

  • 1997 – 1999
    Director, Centre for Hazard and Risk Management, Loughborough University

  • 2001 – 2007
    Head, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham

  • 2007 – 2010
    Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Birmingham

  • 2010 – 2013
    Dean, Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, University of Southampton, Chair of Environmental Risk Management

  • Since 2014
    Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise), University of Southampton

Selected publications

  • Lee, R. & Petts, J. "Adaptive Governance for Responsible Innovation" In Owen, R., Bessant, J., & Heintz, M. (eds) Responsible Innovation: Managing the Responsible Emergence of Science and Innovation in Society John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, 2013

  • Jaroszweski, D., Chapman, L. & Petts, J (2013) Climate change and freight road safety: a multidisciplinary exploration, Climatic Change. DOI 10.1007/s10584-013-0836-y

  • Harvatt, J., Petts, J & Chilvers, J. "Understanding householder responses to natural hazards: flooding and sea-level rise comparisons" Journal of Risk Research, 2010, 1-21

  • Bull, R., Petts, J. & Evans, J. "The importance of context for effective public engagement: learning from the governance of waste" Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 53(8), 2010, 991-

  • Petts, J. "Public Engagement to build trust: false hopes" Journal of Risk Research, 11(5-6), 2008, 821-835

  • Bull, R., Petts, J., & Evans, J. "Social learning from public engagement: dreaming the impossible?" Journal of Environmental Planning and Management , 51(5), 2008, 701-716

  • Petts, J., Owens, S., & Bulkeley, H. "Crossing boundaries: interdisciplinarity in the context of urban environments" Geoforum, 39, 2008, 593-601 (online from 2006)

  • Petts, J, & Brooks, C., "Expert conceptualizations of the role of lay knowledge in environmental decision-making: challenges for deliberative democracy." Environment and Planning A, 38, 1045-1059

  • Owens, S., Petts, J. & Bulkeley, H. "Boundary work: knowledge, policy and the urban environment" Environment and Planning C, 2006, 24, 633-643 (editors of special issue)

  • Niemeyer, S., Petts, J., Hobson, K "Rapid climate change and society: assessing responses and thresholds" Risk Analysis, 25(6), 1443-1456.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries


  • Member, Council of the Biological and Biotechnology Research Council (BBSRC), since 2014

  • Chair, Defra/DECC Social Science Expert Panel, since 2012

  • Member DEFRA Science Advisory Council, since 2011

  • Chair BIS Steering Board of the Sciencewise Expert Resource Centre for Dialogue in Science and Innovation, since 2013 (member since 2008)


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