Dr Sean Shiels

Bsc. (Hons), Eng.D., MIEMA

Dr Sean Shiels

Dr Sean Shiels
Programme Manager ? Research and Innovation

1 Cathedral Square, Bristol,
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Research and Enterprise Development


Sean is the programme manager for quantum technologies and artificial intelligence at the University of Bristol.  He is currently leading the development of the Quantum Technology Innovation Centre (QTIC), the world's first quantum technology dedicated open access innovation facility.  Sean was previously the Manager of the University of Bristol’s Systems Centre and programme manager for the delivery of Bristol’s two UK Collaboratorium for Research in Infrastructure & Cities (UKCRIC) facilities.  He has comprehensive experience in co-ordinating and delivering research, knowledge brokering, decision support systems, foresighting, and collaborating with communities, businesses and government partners to develop practical solutions to a range of problems.  His approach to working with others centres on their needs, and focussing effort on developing and fostering an open, collaborative, innovative risk taking culture within teams and organisations. 

He completed his Engineering Doctorate (Eng.D.) at the University of Surrey and British Nuclear Fuels Ltd (BNFL) researching the integration of radionuclide life cycle assessment within socially intelligent decision processes.  He has subsequently worked for the Bristol City Council, the Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA Vic), the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), as an Adjunct Professor in their School of Design and Social Context, and the UK Environment Agency.  Sean has been a board member of the Australian Life Cycle Assessment Society (ALCAS) and is a full member of the Institute of Environmental Management and assessment (IEMA).

More can be found out about Sean here: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/seanshiels


Sean’s research interests centre on the application of applied science and engineering to drive strategic and operational improvements in the public, private and academic sectors.  Specific research interests include the application of systems thinking to:

  • life cycle assessment within socially intelligent decision processes
  • horizon scanning to inform strategy development and implementation 
  • climate change mitigation, resilience and reporting
  • team leadership, development and management
  • organisational culture and learning

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