Realising Transition Pathways

Researchers and administrative support

University of Bath

Lacey-Jane Davis

Lacey Davisv2Lacey-Jane is the Project Co-ordinator for Realising Transition Pathways. Previously she was the Project Co-ordinator for Transition Pathways (Phase 1) and the UK Sustainable Hydrogen Energy Consortium (UK-SHEC).

Her work includes monitoring the projects monthly outputs and spend profiles, organising meetings and workshops and ensuring communication between all partners.

Lacey-Jane has a scientific background in renewable energy, water and the environment and has a MSc in Toxicology.


Áine O'Grady

Aine O'Grady Áine is a Research Officer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Her research involves the technology assessment of energy systems using a set of appraisal techniques from engineering, environmental sciences and strategic thinking (such as environmental life cycle assessment, thermodynamic analysis, horizon scanning and other future-oriented technology analysis).

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Carolina Salter


Carolina provides administrative support for Realising Transition Pathways and is the Conference Seminar Operations Co-ordinator for the Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment (I-SEE) at Bath.



 Cardiff University

Dr Fionnguala Sherry-Brennan

Fionnguala is a Research Associate in the Low Carbon Research Institute at the Welsh School of Architecture. She works with Professor Peter Pearson's team on the ‘Insights from Historical Transitions' work stream of the Realising Transition Pathways project.

Previously, Fionnguala worked with Dr Richard Cowell at Cardiff University on the ESRC-funded ‘ Delivering Renewable Energy Under Devolution’ project. Before that she worked at the Universities of Exeter and Manchester, researching public understanding and engagement with renewable energy technologies in the ‘Beyond NIMBYism’ project.

Her research interests focus on the social and psychological aspects of renewable energy technologies, infrastructure, and policy, including public understandings of the electricity network and expert and lay understandings of ‘smart grids’.


Imperial College London

Dr Danny Pudjianto

DP photoDanny is a Research Fellow at Imperial College London. His expertise is in the development of complex optimisation techniques and algorithms for system (generation, transmission, and distribution network) planning and operation with more than 10 years experience.

His relevant previous work include grid modelling, simulation studies and power system analysis for the Roadmap 2050 studies commissioned by European Climate Foundation, and Revision of the trans-European energy network policy (TEN-E) project commissioned by European Commission.

He also involved in the development of alternative planning and operational standards addressing the challenges of integrating a large penetration of renewable generation into power system.

He is a member of IEEE, IET and the author / co-author of more than 38 journals/conference papers.


Loughborough University

Dr John Barton

John BartonJohn is a Research Associate at CREST, Loughborough University.

He received his first degree in Engineering in 1989, at Jesus College, Cambridge University. Upon graduating, John worked for Rolls-Royce plc (aero engine division) in Derby for 11 years, working in the design, research and development of compressors and fans.

John moved to Loughborough University in 2000 to study Renewable Energy. In 2001 he received an MSc with distinction. He stayed at CREST to do a PhD modelling energy storage with intermittent renewable energy.

John is a joint winner of the Institution of Civil Engineers’ Baker medal for a paper on micro-generation.

He currently has three EPSRC funded research projects: (i) Realising Transition Pathways to a Low Carbon Economy, (ii) Supergen Wind (condition monitoring of offshore wind turbines) and (iii) Integrated, Market-fit and Affordable Grid-scale Energy Storage (IMAGES).

John has developed a time-step model of the UK’s energy supply and use called Future Energy Scenario Assessment (FESA). John is also a director and consultant at Air Fuel Synthesis Limited, making synthetic, carbon-neutral fuels


Sarah Higginson

Sarah HigginsonSarah is an experienced facilitator and trainer and her background has included more than fifteen years working with communities on issues including sustainability, local economic empowerment, democratic engagement, participatory processes and climate change.

Sarah is currently an interdisciplinary PhD Researcher at CREST (Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology) at Loughborough University.

She is interested in how flexible demand might impact on people’s domestic practices and the implications of this for balancing a more inflexible grid in a future dominated by intermittent renewables.

She is using 24 hour ethnographic observations in 10 households to better understand current domestic energy use and will then ask people to shift their energy practices and assess the impact of this on their day-to-day lives.


University of East Anglia

Dr Tom Hargreaves

Tom HargreavesTom is a Lecturer in Environmental Science and Policy at the University of East Anglia.

His research focuses on developing socio-cultural understandings of sustainability transitions and their impact on everyday life. His research to date has looked at pro-environmental behaviour change initiatives; developing system-wide ‘transition pathways’ to a low-carbon energy economy; the impacts of smart meters on everyday life; community energy projects as forms of socio-technical innovation; the domestication of innovative smart home technologies; and the challenge of integrating qualitative and quantitative data in energy system models.

Variously adopting theories of social practice, governmentality, technological domestication, symbolic interaction and socio-technical transitions, he is an interdisciplinary researcher who employs multiple-methods to examine how the social and natural sciences can (and must) collaborate to address sustainability challenges.


Dr Noel Longhurst

Noel LonghurstNoel is a Senior Research Associate at the University of East Anglia where he is a member of the Science, Society and Sustainability Research Group.

Trained as a Human Geographer, his research interests include the role that different actors play in sustainability transitions, in particular the role of civil society groups and social movements.


University of Leeds

Stephen Hall

Stephen HallSteve is a Research Fellow at the University of Leeds in the Sustainability Research Institute.

Steve is interested in the finance and governance aspects of infrastructure delivery and the roles of cities and regions in delivering infrastructures that underpin transitions to low carbon futures. He held diverse roles in sustainability policy, environmental management, climate change strategy and waste management before undertaking his PhD in low carbon land use and transportation.


University of Strathclyde

Sikai Huang

Sikai_HuangSikai is a PhD research student of the Renewable Energy Technology Group, Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde where he completed a BEng degree of Electronic and Electrical Engineering in 2008.

His research interests include distributed generation and energy storage device technology and application, especially for electric vehicles and wind generation.

Associated with this central challenge he also take interests in demand side management/responsive demand. He will be working in the Understanding supply-side and demand-side Participation workstream in the project.


Elizabeth Robertson

Elizabeth M Robertson Elizabeth is a PhD student researcher in the Advanced Electrical Systems research group of the Electronic and Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Strathclyde.

Before joining Strathclyde Beth gained a MPhys in Physics with Astrophysics at the University of York.

She works within theme 2 of the project in the Infrastructures workstream and her research interests include multiple energy carrier energy system modelling and optimisation techniques as well as the reduction of emissions and increased efficiency in the energy sector.

Beth has been developing SiTIESS – Simulation Tool for Integrated Energy System Studies – which is designed to be able to represent and then interrogate a highly interconnected and interdependent multiple energy carrier energy system.


University of Surrey

Damie Ogunkunle

Damiete Ogunkunie Damie is a researcher at the Centre for Environmental Strategy, University of Surrey.

Her previous work was concerned with applying a novel problem structuring approach to assess the sustainability of bioenergy chains as well as developing a demand analysis framework for polygeneration technologies.

Currently, she is working on a socioeconomic value chain analysis of UK bioenergy chains in addition to her work on demand-side analysis of low carbon transition pathways.  


University College London

 Dr Francis Li

Francis LiFrancis is an energy researcher with a background in engineering and applied economics. Francis builds and uses computational simulation and optimisation models to investigate energy systems challenges relating to the adoption of emerging technologies.

His previous experience includes scenario development, techno-economic pathway analysis, and spatially explicit model development for projects focused on the decarbonisation of UK heat and electricity supply and the role of energy efficiency in the building sector. His current projects focus on whole system modelling and the broader economic effects of low carbon transitions in the power and gas sectors.

Francis previously practiced at a multinational engineering consultancy, is a Chartered Engineer with the Energy Institute (EI) and a member of the British Institute of Energy Economics (BIEE).