Professor Ian Cooper trained as an architect, and gained his PhD at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University.
Ian came to the University of Cambridge on an Energy Research Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council. He became a partner in Eclipse Research Consultants in 1984. He is a visiting professor in the School of the Built Environment, Salford University, where he formerly held a chair as a founding Co-director of SURF (the Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures). Ian is a board member of the Sustainable Development Foundation, a non-profit organisation working to deliver a radical step-change in the sustainability performance of the UK built environment.