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.


On the ease of being green : an investigation of the inconvenience of electric vehicle charging
Dixon James, Andersen Peter Bach, Bell Keith, Træholt Chresten
Applied Energy, pp. 1-54 (2019)
Quantification and visualisation of extreme wind effects on transmission network outage probability and wind generation output
Jamieson Magnus R, Strbac Goran, Bell Keith R W
IET Smart Grid, pp. 1-12 (2019)
Making energy system models useful : good practice in the modelling of multiple vectors
Hawker Graeme S, Bell Keith R W
WIREs: Energy and Environment (2019)
An investigation into spatial and temporal aspects of transient stability in power systems with increasing renewable generation
Hamilton Robert I, Papadopoulos Panagiotis N, Bell Keith
International Journal of Electrical Power and Energy Systems Vol 115 (2019)
Assessing the impacts of large EV penetration in the UK : analysis of network investments and changes in fuel use
Calvillo Christian F, Turner Karen, Bell Keith, McGregor Peter
42nd IAEE International Conference (2019)
Electric vehicle charging simulations on a real distribution network using real trial data
Dixon James, Elders Ian, Bell Keith
2019 IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo, Asia Pacific (2019)

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

PowerSwarm: Future Electricity Networks and Ancillary Services
Digital Planet
The perspective of the Committee on Climate Change on energy system integration
Keynote speaker
The Economic Provision of Frequency Response in a Low Carbon Future
Key enablers of the DSO transition
Invited speaker
The future of reliability
Invited speaker

more professional activities


Bell, Keith (Principal Investigator) Anaya-Lara, Olimpo (Co-investigator) Burt, Graeme (Co-investigator) Stewart, Brian (Co-investigator) Xu, Lie (Co-investigator)
04-Jan-2018 - 03-Jan-2023
Electricity system analysis and policy
Bell, Keith (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 03-Jan-2018
Value of Interconnection in a Changing Electricity System
Bell, Keith (Principal Investigator) Nedd, Marcel (Co-investigator) MacIver, Callum (Co-investigator) Bukhsh, Waqquas (Co-investigator) Fan, Fulin (Co-investigator)
02-Jan-2018 - 29-Jan-2019
The value of Interconnection in a Changing EU Electricity system
Bell, Keith (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2019
ClimateXChange Post Doctoral Fellowship (Christian Calvillo)
Turner, Karen (Principal Investigator) Bell, Keith (Co-investigator) McGregor, Peter (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 09-Jan-2020
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Power Networks and Smart Grids | Hamilton, Robert Ian
Papadopoulos, Panagiotis (Principal Investigator) Bell, Keith (Co-investigator) Hamilton, Robert Ian (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 01-Jan-2021

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Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Royal College Building

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