Dr Philip Davies

Head of Group and Reader in Mechanical Engineering and Design

Phone number:+44 (0)121 204 3724
Email: p.a.davies@aston.ac.uk
Room number: MB 180B

Dr Philip Davies


I joined the School of Engineering and Applied Science as a lecturer in 2005, having completed a Royal Society Industry Fellowship at the University of Warwick. Prior to that I held positions as Senior Consultant at Scientific Generics Ltd (Cambridge), as Senior Mechanical Engineer at Melles Griot Ltd (Ely), and as Project Engineer at Lightworks Ltd (London). I have designed and developed several successful industrial products.

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.

  • 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.
  • 2011 – date: Reader, School of Engineering & Applied Science, Aston University, Birmingham (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   
  • ME3080 - Engineering Design and the Natural Environment - Module Leader
  • ME4504 - Sustainable Energy - Module Leader
  • ME4521 - Water Treatment Technologies - Module Leader


Research interests combine advances in renewable energy and water treatment, in the context of sustainable development. Specific technologies covered include: desalination, solar-powered cooling, and use of biofuels in internal combustion engines. Typical applications are for decentralised water and energy systems in rural areas of emerging economies. I participate in several international collaborations in arid regions including the Middle East, North Africa and the Indian sub-continent. I belong to the Sustainable Environment Research Group.

Off-grid desalination for irrigation in the Jordan Valley, funded by the British Council under the Institutional Links STREAM (Science, Technology and Research Exchange across MENA) programme.

Sustainable Intensification of Agriculture in the Horn of Africa, funded by Innovate-UK and DFID under the AgriTech Catalyst Competition.

Desalination powered by sustainable energy for water and food, UKIERI Thematic Partnership with Anna University, Chennai

Space cooling using solar energy and seawater desiccants, funded by Qatar National Research Foundation under the National Priority Research Programme.

Science Bridges: Bio-energy: technology and business solutions for the UK and India, funded by Research Councils UK (EP/G039992/1) and Department of Science and Technology, Government of India

  • Yohan Engineer: Organic Rankine Cycle for Solar Energy Conversion
  • Mohamed Mito: Control and Optimisation of Renewable Energy-driven Desalination
  • Member of PhD advisory committee, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
  • Member of the Action Group of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Water: Renewable Energy-Desalination
  • Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Chartered Engineer
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the European Desalination Society