Realising Transition Pathways

Principal investigators and co-investigators

University of Bath

Professor Geoffrey Hammond

Geoffrey HammondProfessor Geoffrey Hammond (Co-Principal Investigator) is Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Founder Director of the University of Bath's Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment.

His current research is focused on the technology assessment of energy system and transitional pathways towards a low carbon future.

He is the joint recipient of the Dufton Silver Medal and the George Stephenson Prize for publications in his field.

Over recent years, he has advised British Government Departments, Agencies and Parliamentary Committees.

He sits on the Editorial Boards and Organising or Scientific Committees for several archival journals and international conferences in the area of energy and the environment.



Cardiff University

Imperial College London

Professor Peter Pearson

Peter PearsonProfessor Peter Pearson (Co-Principal Investigator) is based at Cardiff University.

He previously directed the Low Carbon Research Institute of Wales (LCRI), based at Cardiff University, a collaboration of research teams in six Welsh universities, with a £50 m research portfolio.

Prior todirected the Centre for Energy Policy and Technology (ICEPT) at Imperial College.

Since the 1980s his research has addressed past and prospective long-run energy transitions.

He has been Chair of the British Institute of Energy Economics, a member of the EC’s Framework Programme Advisory Group on Energy, acted as a Specialist Adviser on to a House of Commons Select Committee, and is an expert adviser/consultant to the World Bank’s Inspection Panel.

He was invited to give The Queen’s Lecture 2007 at the Technical University of Berlin, as successor to Lord Rees, President of the Royal Society.


Professor Goran Strbac

Goran StrbacProfessor Goran Strbac is a Professor of Electrical Energy Systems at Imperial College.

He is the Director of the DTI Centre for Distributed Generation and Sustainable Electrical Energy and a member of the Executive Team of the IEE Professional Network on Power Trading and Control.

Goran will be participating in the Infrastructures and Transitions workstreams in the project.


Loughborough University

Dr Murray Thomson

murray_thomsonDr Murray Thomson is a Senior Lecturer in Electrical Networks and Systems and is a part of the Centre for Renewable Energy Systems and Technology (CREST).

He is an electrical engineer with particular interest in the Integration of Renewables into existing electrical power systems.

He specialises in the analysis of low-voltage distribution networks and the development of flexible demand as a means of grid balancing in future low-carbon power systems incorporating high penetrations of intermittent wind, marine and solar power.

Murray's research interests are within distribution network modelling, microgeneration (particularly PV), domestic demand modelling and demand side management and distributed automatic voltage control.

Murray will be chiefly working within theme 2 of the project.


University of East Anglia

Dr Jason Chilvers

Jason ChilversDr Jason Chilvers is a Lecturer in Environmental Social Science and co-lead of the Science, Society and Sustainability (3S) Group in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia.

His research spans governance, appraisal and public engagement relating to science, technology and environmental risk, including the areas of sustainability, energy, waste, and emerging technologies.

He has taken up advisory roles for Defra, BIS/Sciencewise-ERC, the Environment Agency, was appointed to the Royal Society Kohn Award for Excellence in Engaging the Public with Science Panel in 2008, and recently directed a two-year ESRC international seminar series on ‘Critical public engagement’ (2009-2011).


University of Leeds

Professor Timothy J. Foxon

Tim FoxonProf Timothy J. Foxon is currently a Professor of Sustainability Transitions, based at the University of Sussex.

Previously he was a Reader in Sustainability and Innovation at the Sustainability Research Institute, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, and a member of the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy. Prior to this he was a Research Councils UK Academic Fellow at the University of Leeds, and a Research Associate/Lecturer at the University of Cambridge and Imperial College London.

His research explores technological and social factors relating to innovation of new energy technologies, and analysis of the co-evolution of technologies and institutions for a transition to a low carbon economy.

He has been lead or co-author on a number of reports for UK and international policy-makers, and his work been published in leading academic journals and edited books.

He is leading Theme 1 of the project on ‘Transitions, scenarios and historical analysis’.


University of Strathclyde

Dr Stuart Galloway

Stuart_GallowayDr Stuart Galloway is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde.

His core research interests spans aero electrical, marine electrical and energy electrical activities and includes strategic and applied research.

He is a lead investigator on several major collaborative research programmes in the UK.

He is an editorial board member for the newly established IET journal in Electrical Systems for Transportation.

He has been involved in a number industrially funded research projects with Rolls-Royce plc., the European Union, and the EPSRC.

His current research interests include the application of optimisation techniques to power engineering problems, the modelling of novel electrical power systems, market simulation and energy economics.


Professor David Infield

David InfieldProfessor David Infield is a Professor of Renewable Energy Technologies at the University of Strathclyde.

Previously he was the Director of CREST (Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology) at Loughborough from its foundation in 1993 until 2007.

He has over 20 years research experience in renewable energy technology and his current research is focussed on the electrical integration of wind and photovoltaic generators.



University of Surrey

Professor Matthew Leach

leachProfessor Matthew Leach is the Director of the Centre for Environmental Strategy at the University of Surrey.

His research interests relate to decentralised systems (both energy and waste treatment), with a focus on both the technologies, and economic and policy aspects.

Matthew has undertaken research and consultancy at local, UK, EU and international levels.

He is active in support of energy policy development, having contributed to the 2003 White Paper analysis on low carbon energy scenarios, the DTI Renewables Innovation Review and preparations for the Prime Minister's G8 activities on low carbon technologies.


 Dr Walter Wehrmeyer

Walter Wehrmeyer v2Dr Walter Wehrmeyer is Reader in Environmental Business Management at the University of Surrey. His work focuses on Corporate Sustainability Responsibility and strategies towards long-term change and has included projects with Unilever, Shell, Panasonic, and Rolls Royce as well as several EU projects.

He is PI of the EU project CRISP ( A trained facilitator, his scenario planning and back-casting expertise has been applied and used for the governments of the Seychelles, Jamaica and Mozambique, amongst others.

He is also Adjunct Professor of the Graduate School of Business, Curtin University in Perth (Western Australia); case study editor of the Journal of Industrial Ecology; full member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment; and Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce (RSA). He was recently awarded the 2011 Vice Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Award.


University College London

Prof Neil Strachan

Neil StrachanNeil Strachan is Professor of Energy Economics and Modelling at the University College London (UCL) Energy Institute where he also serves as Director of Teaching.He received his PhD in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University in 2000.

At the UCL Energy Institute, Neil's research interests revolve around energy-environment-economic modelling, the quantification of scenarios and transitions pathways, and interdisciplinary issues in energy policy.

Over the last seven years he has been principal or co-investigator on research projects worth over £9 million.

He is a lead author of the Energy Systems chapter of the IPCC's 5th Assessment Report.

He is the author of over 30 peer reviewed journal papers, and over 100 book chapters and technical reports.