Dr. Richard Pearson, born in Surrey, United Kingdom, has a background in engineering, holding an MSc in Nuclear Engineering from Imperial College London, UK, and a BEng degree in Mechanical Engineering from Swansea University, UK. In 2020, he was awarded a PhD in fusion engineering and innovation from The Open University, UK. His former research and current professional work are focused on technology innovation, strategy, and policy for the commercialisation of nuclear fusion technology. He has several publications in these areas, most notably on fusion innovation policy.
Richard is also engaged more broadly in energy futures. In 2019, he co-founded a fusion engineering start-up in Japan, Kyoto Fusioneering, in which he serves as the Chief Innovator. As of 2020, he is preparing to launch a not-for-profit organisation based that will focused on public engagement around energy issues in the UK. Alongside his role as a consultant on fusion technology to the Energy Options Network, Richard also consults with Clean Air Task Force on fusion policy and strategy.