Dr Steven Blair

Lectureship With Nokia

Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Personal statement

I am the Nokia Lecturer in the Institute for Energy and Environment, within the Electronic and Electrical Engineering department.

My previous roles involved working on a number of research projects, including:

  • EMRP ENG52 "Smart Grid II", involving the development of phasor measurement units for distribution networks,
  • ELECTRA, involving future grid flexibility and control, and
  • ERIGrid, involving smart grid laboratory infrastructure.

Also, I conducted analysis for the Capacity to Customers (C2C) Low Carbon Networks Fund project, in partnership with Electricity North West Ltd. In particular, this role involved understanding the impact of novel automation and demand-side response schemes on system capacity and power quality, using detailed system models and monitoring data.

I am interested in communications for power systems, in particular IEC 61850, wide area communications using IP/MPLS, and phasor measurement units. I have created two open source libraries for facilitating the development and testing of IEC 61850-based systems: rapid61850 and discover.

I have also created several tools for visualising power systems concepts, including: real and reactive power, symmetrical components, the dq0 transform, and voltage harmonics.

I am a member of the IET, the IEEE, the IEEE Power & Energy Society, IEC TC57 WG10, CIGRE WG B5.64, and the IEEE Open Source Software Task Force.


An open platform for rapid-prototyping protection and control schemes with IEC 61850
Blair Steven M, Coffele Federico, Booth Campbell D, Burt Graeme M
IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery Vol 28, pp. 1103-1110 (2013)
Current–time characteristics of resistive superconducting fault current limiters
Blair Steven Macpherson, Booth Campbell, Burt Graeme
IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity Vol 22 (2012)
Application of multiple resistive superconducting fault-current limiters for fast fault detection in highly interconnected distribution systems
Blair Steven Macpherson, Booth Campbell, Burt Graeme, Bright CG
IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery Vol 28, pp. 1120-1127 (2013)
A new load shedding scheme with consideration of distributed energy resources' active power ramping capability
Hong Qiteng, Ji Liang, Blair Steven M, Tzelepis Dimitrios, Karimi Mazaher, Terzija Vladimir, Booth Campbell David
IEEE Transactions on Power Systems (2021)
A novel arc detection method for DC railway systems
Seferi Yljon, Blair Steven M, Mester Christian, Stewart Brian G
Energies Vol 14 (2021)
Energy metering integrated circuit behavior beyond standards requirements
Quijano Cetina Renan, Seferi Yljon, Blair Steven M, Wright Paul S
Energies Vol 14 (2021)

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Professional activities

C2C Network Performance Results
IET Generation, Transmission and Distribution (Journal)
Peer reviewer
IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery (Journal)
Peer reviewer
IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Convenor of PhD Examination Committee - Dr Fangzhu Yu
Demonstrating and Leveraging Packet Networks

More professional activities


CENSIS/Synaptec PhD - Identifying and responding to critical grid situations using new distributed sensing techniques
Blair, Steven (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2024
China-UK Joint Workshop on Effective Protection and Control Solutions to enable Zero-Carbon Power Systems (Newton Fund Researcher Links)
Hong, Qiteng (Principal Investigator) Blair, Steven (Co-investigator) Booth, Campbell (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2020
Resilient Future Urban Energy Systems Capable of Surviving in Extreme Events (RESCUE)
Booth, Campbell (Principal Investigator) Blair, Steven (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2022
Metrology for the next-generation digital substation instrumentation EURAMET (FutureGrid II)
Blair, Steven (Principal Investigator) Fusiek, Grzegorz (Co-investigator) Niewczas, Pawel (Co-investigator) Roscoe, Andrew (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2021
Powerline Tech ESA Time Synch
Coffele, Federico (Principal Investigator) Abdulhadi, Ibrahim Faiek (Co-investigator) Blair, Steven (Co-investigator)
04-Jan-2018 - 03-Jan-2020
Nokia sponsorship and use case contract
Booth, Campbell (Principal Investigator) Blair, Steven (Co-investigator)
19-Jan-2017 - 18-Jan-2020

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Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Technology Innovation Centre

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