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Professor of International Energy and Climate Change
Policy at UCL (University College London - Institute for Sustainable Resources),
Editor-in-Chief of the journal Climate Policy,
and Senior Advisor on Improving Regulation to the UK Office of Gas and
Electricity Markets (the UK regulator, Ofgem).
My academic background includes positions at Cambridge
University (Senior Research Associate at Departments of Economics and Land
Economy) and Imperial College London (Prof Energy and Climate Change).
As at present, I combined these roles with more applied
positions, as Chief Economist at the Carbon
Trust, and Chair of the international research network/interface
organisation Climate Strategies. These
conjoined appointments followed 10 years at Chatham House (Royal Institute of
International Affairs) where I led the Energy and Environment programme, which
gave me the taste for interdisciplinary and applied research.
I also served on the UK
Climate Change Committee, established under the UK Climate Change Bill to
advise the government on future carbon budgets and to report to Parliament on
their implementation. In 2013 I was Specialist Advisor to a House of
Lords European Committee enquiry. ‘No Country is an Energy Island: securing
investment for the EU's Future' (2013).
Author of eight books, fifty journal research articles and numerous other
publications. I have held many advisory positions with governments, companies
and international studies on climate change and energy policy, and a Lead
Author for several reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
The book Planetary Economics:
energy, climate change and the Three Domains of sustainable development
(Routledge, 2014) brings together the lessons from 25 years of research and
implementation of energy and climate policies.See publishers info and reviews here, with supporting website with supplementary
materials and presentations here.
My research and experience have grouped broadly around four
systems and low carbon innovation, with emphasis upon the innovation process
in the energy sector, particularly in relation to renewable sources and the
design of support systems
pricing and emissions trading systems, including design of the EU ETS and
industrial competitiveness and the international coordination and development
of carbon pricing systems
climate change responses more broadly including the UNFCCC negotiations,
the Kyoto Protocol and its Mechanisms, and the wider challenges of
of renewable electricity sources into electricity systems. Numerous publications and involvement in
power systems modeling. Remained
actively abreast of developments (for example through role as coordinator of
the SuperGen Networks - Incentives workstream from Cambridge).