Professor Brian Collins CB FREng

Brian Collins


Professor Brian Collins took up the role of Professor of Engineering Policy at University College London on 1st August 2011 and is PI on a £3.5M grant leading the International Centre for Infrastructure Futures. He is also co-investigator on a £10M research programme investigating liveable cities for the future, specialising in governance and policy issues

Prior to his appointment at UCL he was the Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) for the UK Department for Transport (DfT) and CSA for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) from 2006 to 2011. He was Professor of Information Systems at Cranfield University from August 2003 until July 2011.

He was a member of the Council of Science and Technology working party that published in 2009 the report ‘A National Infrastructure for the 21st Century’ under the leadership of Sir Mark Walport, now GCSA

In 2009 Professor Collins was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and currently is a Trustee and Council Member.

In the 2011 New Year Honours List, he was bestowed by Her Majesty the Queen the Honour of Companion of the Bath (CB).

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Civil Engineers, of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, of the British Computer Society and of the Institute of Physics.

He has an Honorary Doctorate from City University London, has a visiting Professorship at Wollongong University, New South Wales, Australia and holds an Honorary Doctorate from Kingston University.

Professor Collins holds a MA in Physics and a DPhil in Astrophysics from the University of Oxford.

Last reviewed: 5 April, 2016