Graeme Hawker, BA BSc MA MSc PhD CSci MEI


  • United Kingdom

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Personal profile

Personal Statement

I am a Researcher in Energy Systems, primarily working as part of the UK Energy Research Centre.

My main interest is in multi-vector simulation and optimisation, looking at how the different constraints we have in the future development of electricity, gas, hydrogen and heat networks may affect how we choose to meet our long-term carbon emissions targets.

My other interests include:

  • Macro-level carbon budgeting (in particular using the TIMES modelling framework)
  • Low-carbon heating technologies
  • Local energy systems
  • Operation and control of large wind farms in transmission networks
  • Risk and reliability in power networks
  • Machine learning for failure prediction

I have previously worked as an analyst and consultant in the Renewable Energy sector.

Academic / Professional qualifications

BA (hons.) Natural Sciences - Cambridge University 2002

BSc (hons.) Physical Sciences - Open University 2013

MSc Information Technology - Glasgow University 2003

Chartered Scientist and Member - The Energy Institute 2012

PhD in Electrical Engineering - University of Strathclyde 2018: "Spatial and Temporal Disaggregation of Whole System Energy Models Through Exemplar Local Multi-Carrier Networks"

Research Interests

Energy systems analysis, wind power, solar power, electricity and gas distribution, power system economics.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Faculty Of Engineering

31 Oct 201224 Sep 2018

Bachelor of Science, Open University

Master of Natural Science at Cambridge University, University of Cambridge

Master of Science, University of Glasgow

Bachelor of Arts, University of Cambridge


  • Energy modelling
  • Renewable Energy Technology
  • Game Theory
  • Microeconomics
  • Smart Grids
  • Distribution

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Research Output

BEIS Call for Evidence - The Future for Small-scale Low-carbon Generation: Response from the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC)

McLachlan, C., Braunholtz-Speight, T., Hawker, G. & Watson, J., 31 Aug 2018, London, 16 p.

Research output: Working paper

Open Access
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    Zoning for local heat and energy efficiency strategies

    Hawker, G., Flower, J. D. & Bell, K., 30 Apr 2019. 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceSpeech

    Open Access
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    Spatial and temporal disaggregation of whole system energy models through exemplar local multi-carrier networks

    Author: Hawker, G., 21 Sep 2018

    Supervisor: Bell, K. (Supervisor) & Kockar, I. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

    The impact of introducing zonal pricing within GB on investment signals to low carbon generation

    Author: Pennock, S., 16 Jun 2020

    Supervisor: Bell, K. (Supervisor) & Hawker, G. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


    Scottish Government invited session: Presenting new evidence on heat decarbonisation

    Graeme Hawker (Speaker), Oliver Broad (Speaker), Jack Flower (Speaker)
    4 May 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk