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Dr Matthew Hannon

Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow

Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship

Personal statement

Matthew works as Chancellor’s Fellow of Technology and Innovation at the University of Strathclyde’s Business School. His research examines the policy and market conditions necessary to accelerate low-carbon energy technology and business model innovation, with a special focus on offshore renewable energy. 

His work has also enjoyed media coverage, most notably his major report on the effectiveness of UK wave energy innovation policy, titled 'Lost at sea of a new wave of innovation?', which was covered by the BBC, Scotsman and National. From this he has written commentary for national newspapers, such as 'The right idea at the wrong time: What really went wrong with the Saltire Prize' for the 'i' paper.

He has extensive experience of generating lasting impact from his research across the energy sector, providing expert advice to government departments, energy regulators, innovation bodies, international charities and trade unions on a energy policy issues, as well as acting as lead author for the World Energy Council’s World Energy Resources 2016 chapter on marine energy. Matthew also leads on commercialisation programmes through the Scottish Power – Iberdrola Entrepreneurial Energy Challenge, which supports students to translate bright ideas into innovations that shape the future energy system.

He has an excellent research track record, having published in ‘Financial Times 50’ ranked journals such as Research Policy and received a best-paper award at the 2016 World Energy Congress in Istanbul. He is also co-investigator for the UK Energy Research Centre’s community energy finance project, a visiting researcher at the Centre for Environmental Policy within Imperial College London, a member of the British Institute for Energy Economics and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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). Prior to this 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.



PhD supervision:


The Evolution of Community Energy in the UK
Braunholtz-Speight Tim, Mander Sarah, Hannon Matthew, Hardy Jeff, McLachlan Carly, Manderson Ed, Sharmina Maria
Innovation in regulated electricity distribution networks : a review of the effectiveness of Great Britain's low carbon network fund
Frame Damien, Hannon Matthew, Bell Keith, McArthur Stephen
Energy Policy Vol 118, pp. 121-132, (2018)
The right idea at the wrong time : what really went wrong with the Saltire Prize
Hannon Matthew
i, (2018)
Measuring the energy innovation process : an indicator framework and a case study of wind energy in China
Hu Rui, Skea Jim, Hannon Matthew J.
Technological Forecasting and Social Change Vol 127, pp. 227-244, (2018)
Examining the Effectiveness of Support for UK Wave Energy Innovation since 2000 : Lost at Sea or a New Wave of Innovation?
Hannon Matthew, van Diemen Renée, Skea Jim
Mission Impossible? Five Challenges Facing 'Mission Innovation', the Global Clean Energy Innovation Drive
Hannon Matthew
International Public Policy Institute Policy Brief, (2016)

more publications


Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship
Duncan Wing

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