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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.


Research Interests

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

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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