Dr James Dixon

Lecturer In Transport

Civil and Environmental Engineering


Personal statement

James joined the University of Strathclyde in 2015 as part of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Power Networks and Smart Grids. In collaboration with SP Energy Networks, his PhD looked at the impact of electric vehicles on our power system and the potential to which their charging can be managed to support the integration of renewables. Through external collaboration with Scottish Government and Denmark Technical University, James grew his interests in wider transport system decarbonisation.

After over 3 years in the Transport Studies Unit and Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford, working on various research programmes including the Centre for Research in Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS) and Climate Compatible Growth (CCG), James returned to Strathclyde in 2023 as a Lecturer in Transport in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering.

James' current research interests are in transport-energy-environment modelling to support policymaking for sustainable transport transitions in data-poor contexts, including in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), and in advancing understanding of the potential for e-mobility and renewable energy integration in different mobility contexts around the world.

James has also worked as an Energy Systems Technical Specialist at the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), advising policy units and ministers on issues relating to low-carbon energy systems. James is a chartered engineer with the IET, and has previously worked as an engineer in the aerospace (Rolls-Royce) and nuclear (UK Atomic Energy Authority) industries.


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Electrified heat and transport : energy demand futures, their impacts on power networks and what it means for system flexibility
McGarry Connor, Dixon James, Flower Jack, Bukhsh Waqquas, Brand Christian, Bell Keith, Galloway Stuart
Applied Energy Vol 360 (2024)
Developing Fit-for-purpose Analytical Tools to Support Transport Sector Decarbonisation in LMICs
Dixon James, Dalkmann Holger, Foster Vivien
CCG Policy Brief Series CCG Policy Brief Series, Vol COP28 (2023)
A high-resolution geospatial and socio-technical methodology for assessing the impact of electrified heat and transport on distribution network infrastructure
McGarry Connor, Dixon James, Elders Ian, Galloway Stuart
Sustainable Energy, Grids and Networks Vol 35 (2023)
Plugging into green growth : towards e-mobility and renewable energy integration in Lao PDR
Dixon James, Zhou Zhaoqi, Phommachanh Sounthisack, Kythavone Sengratry, Inthavongsa Phongsavanh, Hirmer Stephanie
Energy Strategy Reviews Vol 48 (2023)
Putting the foot down : accelerating EV uptake in Kyrgyzstan
Kondev Bozhil, Dixon James, Zhou Zhaoqi, Sabyrbekov Rahat, Sultanaliev Kanat, Hirmer Stephanie
Transport Policy Vol 131, pp. 87-96 (2023)
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)

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Research Interests

  • Low-carbon transport
  • Modelling and simulation
  • Electric vehicles
  • Electricity system flexibility
  • Distribution system planning & operation
  • Energy storage and demand side management

Professional Activities

On The Ease of Being Green: An Investigation of the Convenience of Electric Vehicle Charging
A discussion on the electrification of transport
Electric vehicle charging: how 'bad' might it be?
Local Network Impacts of the Electrification of Transport: A Glasgow Southside Case Study
Smart FuturES 2018
Using smartphone GPS data to characterise destination EV charging demand

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Climate Compatible Growth-FCDO
Dixon, James (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 31-Jan-2024
CREDS - Covid Net-Zero Flex
Galloway, Stuart (Principal Investigator) Dixon, James (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2023
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Power Networks and Smart Grids | Dixon, James
Bell, Keith (Principal Investigator) Booth, Campbell (Co-investigator) Dixon, James (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2015 - 23-Jan-2020

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Dr James Dixon
Lecturer In Transport
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Email: james.dixon@strath.ac.uk
Tel: Unlisted

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