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Hannah Corbett, Knowledge Exchange Fellow

In her role as Knowledge Exchange Fellow, Hannah is focused on the business development and strategic engagement of the Centre.  She is a communications, engagement and development professional with over fifteen years of experience working across public, private, charity and higher education sectors. 

Hannah was previously Head of Communications and Engagement at the Institute of Development Studies which delivers world-class research and teaching for equitable and sustainable and development globally and where she was responsible for institutional marketing, communications and public affairs, working closely with a number of research centres and programmes.

Prior to this, Hannah worked at a London-based communications consultancy providing strategic communications and political advice to clients across the energy, water, health, local government and charity sectors.

Dr Patrick Bayer, Chancellor's Fellow

Patrick Bayer is Senior Lecturer in International Relations in the School of Government and Public Policy and Chancellor's Fellow in Energy Policy. His research focuses on central questions in international cooperation and the polical economy of environmental and energy politics, including work on the politics of carbon markets and on energy access/energy poverty in the developing world.

Patrick was trained as an environmental economist and political scientist and has extensive experience in formal modelling and quantitative data analysis as well as survey and field experimental methods.

 

Dr Rebecca Ford, Chancellor's Fellow

Rebecca is a Chancellor’s Fellow in the Departments of Government & Public Policy, and Electronic & Electrical Engineering. She is a multidisciplinary scholar who believes in the importance of research for impact, and in bridging the gap between different forms of knowledge to advance solutions tackling climate change. Her research explores how people interact with energy systems, and how social, environmental, and technological insights can be co-developed to better inform policy for sustainable development.

Rebecca is the Research Director of the UK’s Energy Revolution Research Consortium (EnergyREV), and has previously served as Deputy Director of the Centre for Sustainability at the University of Otago. In addition to her academic work, Rebecca is a Member of Ofgem’s Electricity NIC (Network Innovation Competition) Expert Panel.

 

Luke Gooding

Luke is a Research Associate working within the UK's Energy Revolution Research Consortium (EnergyREV), investigating the complex web of benefits and co-benefits enabled by Smart Local Energy Systems, and the role of community energy knowledge in energy transitions. 

Luke has previously completed projects at Heriot Watt University working with the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, developing a framework to aid commercial property retrofit. In addition, Luke has experience working with UK policy, particularly exploring supply chain interactions with the Green Deal policy. Overall these work areas have produced a focus on assisting businesses and organisations in generating commercially viable enterprises, whilst also prioritising society and the environment, and treading a pathway to a net zero future.

 

Rachel Bray, Research Associate

Rachel joined the Centre for Energy (CEP) as a Research Associate in 2020, working as part of the UK’s Energy Revolution Research Consortium (EnergyREV) within the Policy, Regulation and Market Enablers work group.

Rachel previously worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Exeter’s Energy Policy Group studying the policy and regulatory aspects of energy trading, working as an independent partner in Centrica’s Cornwall Local Energy Market trial.

Prior to her career in academia, Rachel was a Principal Planning Officer at Cornwall Council and a Travel Planner for the University of Exeter and Falmouth University.

 

Visiting Professors

Mark Lappin

Starting as a geologist in the north sea oil and gas business Mark has spent over 35 years in energy businesses with technical, management and executive roles in global majors such as ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips, major UK energy providers including Centrica and in UK start-ups such as Dart Energy and Cuadrilla. Current roles include Chair of north sea exploration company Cluff Natural Resources and Mark is also visiting professor at University of Strathclyde Centre for Energy Policy.

  

Professor Mike Danson

Professor Mike Danson is an economist who has many and varied research interests including energy and transition, employability and volunteering, early-onset dementia and the workplace, regional economic development, basic income, and community ownership and management of land and other resources. Since 1997, he has authored over 250 research papers many published in international scientific journals and books. His research work is frequently presented at international conferences. Mike chairs Citizen’s Basic Income Network Scotland and the Reid Foundation. He is a member of the Scottish Government’s Just Transition Commission and Legal Aid Payment Review advisory group. Recent research has focused on older people’s attitudes to sensor control of their energy needs, smart energy hubs in deprived communities, and building assessment tools and resilience for community renewable schemes. Current research includes collaborative projects on the economic impacts of spaceports, and of Gaelic and Faroese; microbreweries; assessment of the social and economic development of community buy-out areas; and different aspects of sustainable economic development across peripheral, marginal and island regions in northern Europe.

PhD Students

Kusum A Vishwakarma, PhD Student

Kusum is a Research Assistant at the Centre for Energy policy (CEP) and a doctoral student in Politics within the School of Government & Public policy at the University of Strathclyde.

She joined CEP in May 2019. Her academic background comprise of both Science & Engineering and Economics within the energy field with research interests in application of a multi-sector economic Computer General Equilibrium (CGE) model. Her research focuses on constructing a CGE model of the Indian economy and conducting scenario analysis and simulation work to add to the evidence base underpinning the IEA multiple benefits framework. Also, to further assess the potential economy wide and societal impacts of improved energy efficiency in households bringing in aspects of both engineering and economics further expanding into the policy domain.

Kusum is currently a part of an ongoing ESRC Impact accelerator accounts project on energy efficiency scheme in collaboration with the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

 

Kankana Dubey PhD Student/Research Fellow

Kankana is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Energy Policy while pursuing her doctoral studies in politics within the School of Government & Public Policy at the University of Strathclyde. She is an experienced researcher with interests spanning many aspects of energy generation and consumption, economic diversification, energy productivity, and socioeconomic well-being.

Kankana is currently managing the project development of the second edition of the World Green Economy Report, highlighting green job opportunities and relevant financial instruments to mobilize green finance. She is also authoring an independent report on behalf of Scottish Power and Energy Network (SPEN), as part of SPEN’s Customer Engagement Group for OFGEM’s RIIO-ED2 price control.

Honorary Research Fellows

Professor Ros Taplin

Ros Taplin

Ros is a visiting scholar within the Centre for Energy Policy. She is an interdisciplinary environmental and sustainability researcher with two doctorates in environmental policymaking and environmental art. Her current research interests include: energy sustainability; carbon management; art and energy transitions; and education for sustainability. She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia and her prior roles include: Professor and Research Director, Australian Centre for Sustainable Mining Practices, UNSW, Professor and Head of the Department of Sustainability Science, Bond University, and Director of the Climatic Impacts Centre, Macquarie University.

Dr Robert Gross

Dr. Robert Gross is a Reader in Energy Policy and Technology, Director of the Centre for Energy Policy and Technology (ICEPT) and Policy Director of Imperial’s Energy Futures Lab at Imperial College London. He is also a Co-Director of the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC). Dr Gross has published extensively on energy policy and technology. He has made a substantive contribution to UK energy policy development, acting as advisor to Select Committees, chairing committees for Govt. departments and NDPBs, and as a consultant. Dr Gross is a member of the Academic Advisory Committee for Ofgem and a member of the Council of the Energy Institute. During 2013 and 2014 he was a member of the Expert Commission for Energy in an Independent Scotland. He has been invited speaker at a wide range of conferences and forums in the UK and overseas. He makes regular contributions to the popular debate surrounding energy, in the mainstream press, online and in TV and radio appearances.