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.


Electrical interconnectors : market opportunities, regulatory issues, technology considerations and implications for the GB energy sector
MacIver Callum, Bell Keith RW, Adam Grain P, Xu Lie
Energy Strategy Reviews Vol 38 (2021)
An analysis of the August 9th 2019 GB transmission system frequency incident
MacIver Callum, Bell Keith, Nedd Marcel
Electric Power Systems Research Vol 199 (2021)
DC fault study of a point-to-point HVDC system integrating offshore wind farm using high-temperature superconductor DC cables
Xiang Wang, Yuan Weijia, Xu Lie, Hodge Eoin, Fitzgerald John, McKeever Paul, Bell Keith
IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion (2021)
Spatially disaggregated car ownership prediction using deep neural networks
Dixon James, Koukoura Sofia, Brand Christian, Morgan Malcom, Bell Keith
Future Transportation Vol 1, pp. 113-133 (2021)
The problem of resilience in multi-carrier cellular systems : responsibilities and regulation
Hawker Graeme, Bell Keith
5th International Hybrid Power Systems Workshop (2021)
The impact of interconnectors on the GB electricity sector and European carbon emissions
MacIver Callum, Bukhsh Waqquas, Bell Keith
Energy Policy (2021)

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

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
UK Universities' COP26 Network (External organisation)

More professional activities


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
Control React [NIA, subcontracted by TNEI]
Browell, Jethro (Principal Investigator) Bell, Keith (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2021
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

More projects


Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Royal College Building

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