Dr Matthew Hannon

Senior Lecturer

Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship

Personal statement

Matthew works as a Senior Lecturer at the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, Strathclyde Business School. His research examines the business models, policies and technologies necessary to accelerate the transition to a socially equitable, net-zero economy. He is a co-investigator on UKRI’s £10m EnergyREV consortium on smart, locally led energy systems, and the UK Energy Research Centre’s ‘Whole Person - Whole Place’ net-zero neighbourhood solutions project.

Matthew has published in ‘Financial Times 50’ ranked journals and co-authored two books on innovation to accelerate the energy revolution. He has written reports on behalf of the World Energy Council and been cited in government and parliamentary reports. His work has enjoyed extensive media coverage (e.g. BBC, Forbes) and he has also provided commentary for national media outlets like the i newspaper and The Conversation.

He sits on Scottish Power Energy Networks’ Customer Engagement Group to inform their five year business plan for Ofgem’s RIIO-ED2, as well as USwitch’s Green Tariff Accreditation Panel. He is a council member of the British Institute of Energy Economics, chair and trustee of the community energy charity South Seeds and an Honorary Member of the Green Angel Syndicate. Finally, he is co-founder and host of the Local Zero podcast, which champions local action to tackle climate change and profiled as the Times Pod of the Week.

Prior to joining Strathclyde he worked at Imperial College’s Centre for Environmental Policy (2012-2016) examining the effectiveness of energy innovation policies both in the UK and overseas (e.g. China, Finland). He completed his PhD at the Sustainability Research Institute (SRI) at the University of Leeds (2009-2012), examining the role that business model innovation plays in driving a low-carbon energy transition.


  • Principle investigator on an EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account project, titled Community energy at a crossroads: Co-developing a path forward for South Seeds and the UK community energy sector.
  • Principle investigator on an Energy-REV flex-fund project titled Smart local energy systems for a ‘just transition’
  • Co-Investigator on a UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) funded project titled ‘Whole Person - Whole Place’ energy solutions for net-zero neighbourhoods, which explores how social relations impact energy retrofitting decisions.
  • Co-Investigator for the UKRI £8m Energy Revolution Research Consortium to support a smart, locally led energy system. Co-I for work packages on: (1) business and finance; and (2) policy and regulation (commenced Dec 2018).
  • Co-Investigator on UK Energy Research Centre funded Community Energy Finance project (2017-2019). Lead on community energy case studies work package.
  • Co-Investigator on Political hyping of new energy technologies project to explore how parliamentary processes fuel or deflate expectations surrounging low-carbon technology innovations. We focus in particular on tipping-points between political support or opposition to new technologies.

PhD supervision:

  • Josh Oxby - Jobs, innovation and the net-zero energy transition: employment opportunities for Scotland and their equitable distribution
  • Finlay Kerr - Low-carbon heat for low-income communities: Locally owned business models to capture mine water geothermal heat for Scotland’s ex-mining communities (ETP Industrial Doctorate, co-funded by Scottish Enterprise).
  • Horacio Gonzalez - The role of intermediaries in supporting absorption and desorption of novel energy innovations.
  • Rui Hu - The Chinese innovation system for wind energy: structure, functions and performance (completed 2017).

Selected publications:


Energy discounts are a sticking plaster - here's a long-term solution to soaring household bills
Hannon Matthew, Brown Donal
Working Paper 3 : Decarbonisation of Heat : How Smart Local Energy Systems Can Contribute
Morris Madeleine, Hardy Jeff, Bray Rachel, Elmes David, Ford Rebecca, Hannon Matthew, Radcliffe Jonathan
The (in)justices of smart local energy systems : a systematic review, integrated framework, and future research agenda
Knox Stephen, Hannon Matthew, Stewart Fraser, Ford Rebecca
Energy Research and Social Science Vol 83 (2022)
Report on the Business Plan of Scottish Power Energy Networks for the RIIO-ED 2 Price Control
Bilcliff Andy, Clark Chris, Cole Matt, Dubey Kankana, Ghibaldan Sam, Hannon Matthew, Howard John, Perchard Teresa, Talbot Benny, Webb Janette, Wood Gill, Flynn David, Pride Jennifer, Wright Andrew
Local energy businesses in the United Kingdom : clusters and localism determinants based on financial ratios
González Fabián Fuentes, Webb Janette, Sharmina Maria, Hannon Matthew, Braunholtz-Speight Timothy, Pappas Dimitrios
Energy Vol 239 (2022)
Gas prices : how to ensure consumers don't pay for the next energy crisis
Hannon Matthew, Clarke Jonathan

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Professional activities

USwitch (External organisation)
IPCC (External organisation)
Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) (External organisation)
Co-host and creator of the Local Zero podcast
Green Angel Syndicate
Visiting researcher
Oral evidence to Scottish Government's Just Transition Commission

More professional activities


Impact Acceleration Account: Community energy at a crossroads: Co-developing a path forward for South Seeds and the UK community energy sector. (£12,564)
Hannon, Matthew (Principal Investigator)
30-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2022
`Whole Person - Whole Place? energy solutions for net-zero neighbourhoods (UKERC Flexi Fund)
Hannon, Matthew (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2022
Smart local energy systems for a ‘just transition’ (EnergyRev Flex Fund - £29,000)
Hannon, Matthew (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2021
Local Zero podcast (EnergyREV Flex Fund - £24,000)
Hannon, Matthew (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 01-Jan-2022
Low-carbon heat for low-income communities: Locally owned business models to capture minewater geothermal heat for Scotland's ex-mining communities (ETP Energy Industry Doctorate Programme 2019)
Hannon, Matthew (Principal Investigator)
19-Jan-2020 - 18-Jan-2023
Interdisciplinary research for energy systems integration: understanding and prompting good practice (CESI Flex fund)
Hannon, Matthew (Principal Investigator) Low, Ragne (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 29-Jan-2020

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Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship
Stenhouse Wing

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