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.


Exploring Market Change in the GB Electricity System : the Potential Impact of Locational Marginal Pricing
Gill Simon, MacIver Callum, Bell Keith
Exploring Market Change in the GB Electricity System : the Potential Impact of Locational Marginal Pricing - Stakeholder Insight Report
MacIver Callum, Bell Keith, Gill Simon
Impact of low inertia and high distributed generation on the effectiveness of under frequency load shedding schemes
Gordon Samuel, McGarry Connor, Tait James Gordon, Bell Keith
IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery Vol 37, pp. 3752-3761 (2022)
Impacts of measurement errors on real-time thermal rating estimation for overhead lines
Fan Fulin, Stephen Bruce, Bell Keith, Infield David, McArthur Stephen
IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery Vol 38, pp. 1086-1096 (2022)
Implications of reduced fault level and its relationship to system strength : a Scotland case study
Gordon Samuel, Bell Keith, Hong Qiteng
CIGRE Session 2022 (2022)
Vehicle to grid : driver plug-in patterns, their impact on the cost and carbon of charging, and implications for system flexibility
Dixon James, Bukhsh Waqquas, Bell Keith, Brand Christian
eTransportation Vol 13 (2022)

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

COP26 Reflections
Unpacking the Sixth Carbon Budget - the transition for manufacturing, construction and fossil fuel supply
Unpacking the Sixth Carbon Budget - the transition for energy
What the Sixth Carbon Budget means for Scotland
UKERC-BEIS workshop on future energy markets
Can we meet people's need for electricity without burning fossil fuels?
Keynote speaker

More professional activities


SP Chair - Future Power Systems
Bell, Keith (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 30-Jan-2025
HVDC-based grid architectures for reliable and resilient WIdeSprEad hybrid AC/DC transmission systems
Egea Alvarez, Agusti (Principal Investigator) Ahmed, Khaled (Co-investigator) Bell, Keith (Co-investigator) Xu, Lie (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2026
Wind Investment Network for effective market Design UKERC flex fund Call 2
Bell, Keith (Principal Investigator) MacIver, Callum (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2023
Low Frequency Demand Disconnection Scheme Operation at Low Inertia
Bell, Keith (Principal Investigator) Nedd, Marcel (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 22-Jan-2022
Credible routes to GB electricity system collapse and the impact of new demand (Supergen FlexiFund)
Colson, Abigail (Principal Investigator) Bedford, Tim (Co-investigator) Bell, Keith (Co-investigator)
10-Jan-2021 - 19-Jan-2022
Electricity market modelling for Imperial Consultants and SSE
MacIver, Callum (Principal Investigator) Bell, Keith (Co-investigator)
08-Jan-2021 - 20-Jan-2021

More projects


Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Royal College

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