Dr.Chris Preist


Reader in Sustainability and Computer Systems

Contact details

Merchant Venturers Building

Woodland Road




Tel: 0117 3315043

email: chris.preist@bristol.ac.uk

Research Interests


In addition to his post at Bristol University, Chris Preist is an Associate of Forum for the Future http://www.forumforthefuture.org.uk, faculty member of the WWF One Planet Leaders programme http://www.panda.org/what_we_do/how_we_work/businesses/training/ and a freelance consultant in innovation and sustainability.

 Prior to joining Bristol, he was Head of Sustainable IT Research at HP Labs, Bristol from 2007-09, where he led work on the strategic impact of climate change on business and technology development to exploit emerging opportunities. Prior to this, his research was primarily in the areas of artificial intelligence, knowledge representation, agent technology, and the semantic web. He was the technical lead on the EU Framework 5 Semantic Web-based Web Services project, coordinating input from over 20 researchers across 8 insitutions,  and chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Framework 6 DIP project. His work in the application of artificial intelligence techniques to automated diagnosis led to the deployment of several systems within HP manufacturing facilities and the development of an award winning product (Agilent Fault Detective). He has a degree in Mathematics from Warwick University, and a Ph.D. in Semantics of Logic Programming from Imperial College, London. He has had over 40 publications in refereed conferences and journals, and 6 patents granted.

Research Projects

Publications about Systems

  1. Reducing the Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Commercial Print with Digital Technologies. Canonico, S., Sellman, R. and Preist, C. Proceedings of the IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, 2009. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpls/abs_all.jsp?arnumber=5156685&tag=1
  2. Integral Ecology applied to Small Scale Community Woodlands. Preist, C. Journal of Corporate Citizenship,30, pp67-79, June 2008.   http://www.coventry.ac.uk/researchnet/external/content/1/c4/32/44/v1193045750/user/Integral%20Ecology.pdf