Professor Patrick Godfrey

Patrick GodfreyFREng, FICE, FCGI, FEI, DEng (Bristol), BSc

Systems Centre & IDC in Systems Director

EngD in Systems Programme Director

Contact Details

Systems Centre

Engineering Faculty

MVB, Woodland Rd,

Bristol BS8 1UB


Telephone +441892750554

Research interests

Systems thinking applied to complex engineering topics such as: infrastructure design, operations and management; uncertainty, risk, value and safety management and more recently systems for the built environment and sustainability.


Patrick Godfrey is Professor of Systems Engineering at the University of Bristol, and Director of the Systems Centre and the EPSRC Industrial Doctorate Centre in Systems at University of Bristol and University of Bath.

Patrick has for most of his career been a Director of a large consulting engineering company - Halcrow, where he specialised in the design of offshore oil and gas structures and more recently developed an innovation leadership position pioneered new ways of thinking about and managing the complete life cycle of large construction projects by developing the interface between business and engineering and using a 'soft systems' approach which integrates people with our physical environment.

It was during this time, 1995-2005, that he was appointed Visiting Professor of Civil Engineering Systems at University of Bristol. He co-authored 'Doing it Differently - Systems for Rethinking Construction' which was awarded a Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), Gold Medal and Author of the Year in 2001

From 1996 to 2001 he personally provided strategic risk management consultancy services to BAA for the development of Terminal 5. He retired from Halcrow to take up his Chair in Systems Engineering in 2005.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Fellow of Institution of Civil Engineers, Fellow of City and Guilds Institute, Fellow of the Energy Institute, Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Engineering by the University of Bristol in 2004. 

He is also a National Advocate for Industrial Doctorate Centres for EPSRC.