James Davies

Official Fellow

Professor of Software Engineering; Director of the Software Engineering Programme

Department of Computer Science

MA MSc DPhil Oxford


Jim Davies is Professor of Software Engineering at the University, and Director of Informatics for the Oxford NIHR Biomedical Research Centre.  He studied mathematics at New College, Oxford, before joining the Computing Laboratory in 1986 for a Masters and a Doctorate.  After working as a researcher and lecturer in computer science, at Oxford and Reading, he became a lecturer in software engineering at Oxford in 1995.  He led the University’s software engineering programme from 2000 to 2013.  His early research work concerned the development of mathematical techniques for the design and validation of industrial-scale software systems.

Jim played a major role in the UK MRC-funded CancerGrid project and related initiatives, leading the development of a model- and metadata-driven approach to clinical research informatics.  He has been active also in the field of electronic government, chairing the International Conference in Electronic Governance (ICEGOV) in 2011.   He is leading informatics development on a number of initiatives, funded by Cancer Research UK, the Wellcome Trust, and the Department of Health.  Part of his time is spent working for Genomics England, where he is helping to define the information architecture for the UK 100k genomes programme.