Professor Keith Bell

Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Personal statement

Keith Bell joined the University of Strathclyde in 2005 having previously worked as a researcher in Bath, Manchester and Naples and as a system development engineer in the electricity supply industry in Britain. He was appointed to the ScottishPower Chair in Smart Grids in late 2013 and became one of the co-Directors of the UK Energy Research Centre in 2014. In July 2018, along with Ian Cotton, he became Scientific Director of the Electrical Infrastructure Research Hub established by the University of Strathclyde with the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult and the University of Manchester and, in April 2019, became a member of the Committee on Climate Change. He is an invited expert member of CIGRE Study Committee C1 on System Development and Economics, a member of the Executive Board of the Power Systems Computation Conference and a member of the Executive Committee of the IET Power Academy, an initiative to promote electric power engineering as a graduate career in the UK. He is a Chartered Engineer and, at different times, has advised the Scottish Government, the Republic of Ireland government, Ofgem and the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on power systems issues as well as being active in a number of engineering research projects in collaboration with UK and European industry and academic partners.


The impact of interconnectors on the GB electricity sector and European carbon emissions
MacIver Callum, Bukhsh Waqquas, Bell Keith
Energy Policy (2021)
Assessing the value of increasing GB interconnection
Bukhsh Waqquas, MacIver Callum, Bell Keith
Electric Power Systems Research Vol 190 (2021)
Operating a Zero-Carbon GB Power System : Implications for Scotland
Nedd Marcel, Browell Jethro, Egea-Alvarez Agusti, Bell Keith, Hamilton Robert, Wang Shuren, Brush Susan
Operating a Zero Carbon GB Power System in 2025 : Frequency and Fault Current [Annexes - Review of System and Network Issues, Frequency Stability, Power Electronic Devices and Fault Current, & Market Needs]
Nedd Marcel, Browell Jethro, Egea-Alvarez Agusti, Bell Keith, Hamilton Robert, Wang Shuren, Brush Susan
Heterogeneity of UK residential heat demand and its impact on the value case for heat pumps
Flower Jack, Hawker Graeme, Bell Keith
Energy Policy Vol 144 (2020)
Scheduling electric vehicle charging to minimise carbon emissions and wind curtailment
Dixon James, Bukhsh Waqquas, Edmunds Calum, Bell Keith
Renewable Energy (2020)

More publications


  • Contributor to EE576/976 (Power System Economics, Markets and Asset Management)
  • Module registar for EE807 (Managing Risk and Uncertainty in Grid Operation) delivered within the Centre for Doctoral Training on Future Networks
  • Contributor to EE986 (Assignment and Professional Studies)
  • Supervisor of 4th year undergraduate projects, MSc projects, and projects in the Centres for Doctoral Training on Wind Energy Systems and Future Networks
  • Strathclyde representative on the IET Power Academy Executive


Research interests

  • Power system planning and operation and 'smart grids'
  • Power system economics, markets and regulation
  • Energy policy and energy system modelling
  • Managing risk in power systems and use of statistical methods and intelligent systems
  • Grid integration of renewables

Professional activities

Ofgem Invited Session (Research Hub Seminar): Presenting new evidence on heat decarbonisation (virtual)
Is this the end for ‘king coal’ in Britain?
Scottish Renewables Onshore Wind Conference 2020
Invited speaker
2020 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, PESGM2020
Invited speaker
21st Power Systems Computational Conference
ICE State of the Nation 2020: Infrastructure and the 2050 Net-Zero Target Launch
Invited speaker

More professional activities


Network headroom, engineering upgrades and public acceptance (NEUPA): Connecting engineering for heat system change to consumers and citizens
Bell, Keith (Principal Investigator) Hawker, Graeme (Research Co-investigator) Flower, Jack (Researcher)
01-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2023
Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee of the Scottish Parliament
Bell, Keith (Academic)
NIA Project: Application of convex optimisation to enhance National Grid's NOA process
Bukhsh, Waqquas (Principal Investigator) Bell, Keith (Co-investigator)
16-Jan-2019 - 15-Jan-2021
Sustainable Security of Supply in a Low Carbon Electricity System: Climate XChange
Bell, Keith (Principal Investigator) Dysko, Adam (Co-investigator) Egea Alvarez, Agusti (Co-investigator) Papadopoulos, Panagiotis (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2021
A resilient Scottish energy system (IAA)
Bell, Keith (Principal Investigator) Hawker, Graeme (Co-investigator)
17-Jan-2019 - 17-Jan-2020
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Power Networks and Smart Grids | Gordon, Samuel
Bell, Keith (Principal Investigator) McArthur, Stephen (Principal Investigator) Hong, Qiteng (Co-investigator) Gordon, Samuel (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 01-Jan-2023

More projects


Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Royal College Building

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