Jan Webb elected as a Royal Society of Edinburgh Fellow

22 Mar 2023

The Royal Society of Edinburgh has elected 91 Fellows to join Scotland’s National Academy from across the sciences, education, the arts, business, and public life.

Among those joining are Olympian Dame Katherine Grainger; world record holder Mark Beaumont BEM; and UKERC academic Professor Jan Webb MBE.

Jan Webb is a Professor of Sociology of Organisations at the University of Edinburgh, where her research concerns social studies of energy and climate change.

In 2020 Jan was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for her services to energy transition in the UK. She is also Fellow of the Energy Institute and served as a member of the Scottish Power Energy Networks Customer Engagement Group during the recent business planning period.

Her research contributes to policy: she was a commissioner for the Infrastructure Commission for Scotland and former member of Scotland’s Science Advisory Council and has advised the Scottish Government on Fuel Poverty, Low Carbon Infrastructure, and the Climate Change Plan. She is a member of UK Government DESNZ research evaluation group and is also a member of the Whole Systems Integration Panel for the £450 million Ofgem/Innovate UK Strategic Innovation Fund for energy networks.

Professor Sir John Ball, President of The Royal Society of Edinburgh said:

“It is a great privilege to welcome our new Fellows – they represent outstanding commitment and achievement at the highest level across a diverse range of sectors. From scientific advancement that changes lives to leading business innovation recognised across the world, the RSE welcomes the best minds to harness their unique insight and make knowledge useful for the greater good.

Harnessing our Fellows’ talents and ideas allows us to mobilise a wide range of expertise to tackle some of the most complex challenges society faces. In welcoming our new Fellows, I look forward to seeing the positive effect they will have on society in Scotland and beyond.”