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.


Heterogeneity of UK residential heat demand and its impact on the value case for heat pumps
Flower Jack, Hawker Graeme, Bell Keith
Energy Policy (2020)
Electric vehicles : battery capacity, charger power, access to charging and the impacts on distribution networks
Dixon James, Bell Keith
eTransportation (2020)
OATS : Optimisation and Analysis Toolbox for power Systems
Bukhsh W A, Edmunds C, Bell K R W
IEEE Transactions on Power Systems (2020)
Containing a credible loss to within frequency stability limits in a low inertia GB power system
Nedd Marcel, Browell Jethro, Bell Keith, Booth Campbell
IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications Vol 56, pp. 1031-1039 (2020)
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 (2020)
Metrics for determining the frequency stability Limits of a power system : a GB case study
Nedd Marcel, Bukhsh Waqquas, MacIver Callum, Bell Keith
21st Power Systems Computational Conference (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

Risk Day 2020 (EPSRC Supergen Energy Networks Hub)
Keynote/plenary speaker
Scottish Renewables Offshore Wind Conference, Exhibition & Dinner 2020
Keynote/plenary speaker
Digital Planet
Northern Ireland Reforming Energy Vision
PowerSwarm: Future Electricity Networks and Ancillary Services

more professional activities


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 - 29-Jan-2021
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-2022
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

more projects


Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Royal College Building

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