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Professor Keith Bell

Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Personal statement

Keith Bell is the ScottishPower Professor of Smart Grids at the University of Strathclyde and, since May 2014, one of the co-Directors of the UK Energy Research Centre. 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. He joined the University 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 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.


Innovation in regulated electricity distribution networks : a review of the effectiveness of Great Britain's low carbon network fund
Frame Damien, Hannon Matthew, Bell Keith, McArthur Stephen
Energy Policy Vol 118, pp. 121-132, (2018)
Assessing domestic heat storage requirements for energy flexibility over varying timescales
Allison John, Bell Keith, Clarke Joe, Cowie Andrew, Elsayed Ahmed, Flett Graeme, Oluleye Gbemi, Hawkes Adam, Hawker Graeme, Kelly Nick, Manuela Marinho de Castro Maria, Sharpe Tim, Shea Andy, Strachan Paul, Tuohy Paul
Applied Thermal Engineering Vol 136, pp. 602-616, (2018)
Energy system modelling to inform policy : necessity and challenges
Bell Keith
All-Energy Exhibition and Conference 2018, (2018)
Developing the market for electricity system services while avoiding paying too much
Bell Keith
All-Energy Exhibition and Conference 2018, (2018)
Containing loss risk in a low inertia GB power system
Nedd Marcel, Bell Keith, Booth Campbell
18th Annual Conference of the International Conference on Environmental and Electrical Engineering, (2018)
Ofgem RIIO-2 Consultation : Response from the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC)
Bell Keith, Gross Rob, Watson Jim

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

Introduction to Power Systems (EE888)

more professional activities


Electricity system analysis and policy
Bell, Keith (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-May-2018 - 03-Aug-2018
The value of Interconnection in a Changing EU Electricity system
Bell, Keith (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Apr-2018 - 31-Mar-2019
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Power Networks and Smart Grids | Flower, Jack
Bell, Keith (Principal Investigator) Hawker, Graeme (Co-investigator) Flower, Jack (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2016 - 01-Oct-2020
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Power Networks and Smart Grids | Leavy, Aaron
Xu, Lie (Principal Investigator) Bell, Keith (Co-investigator) Leavy, Aaron (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2015 - 01-Nov-2019
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Power Networks and Smart Grids | moretti, David
Galloway, Stuart (Principal Investigator) Bell, Keith (Co-investigator) moretti, David (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2015 - 01-Oct-2019
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Power Networks and Smart Grids | Dixon, James
Bell, Keith (Principal Investigator) Booth, Campbell (Co-investigator) Dixon, James (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2015 - 01-Jan-2020

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Electronic and Electrical Engineering
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