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Research Interests

  • Electric vehicles

  • Electricity system flexibility

  • Distribution system planning & operation

  • Energy storage and demand side management

Personal Statement

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 surrounded 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.

He now works between the University of Strathclyde and the University of Oxford on UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) and Centre for Research in Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS) projects. He works on modelling the spatial and temporal variation in energy demand of the UK vehicle fleet, for credible future scenarios regarding technology change, modal shift and the evolving travel requirements of the population to 2050 and beyond. In doing so, we can evaluate the extent to which flexibility in energy demand can play a part in allowing the carbon-intensive transport sector to reach 'net zero'.

James originally trained 'mechanically' (Imperial College) and worked in industry (Rolls-Royce; UK Atomic Energy Authority) before switching to the energy discipline via his PhD at Strathclyde. His research interests are in transport & energy system modelling and the development of novel technologies & market structures to facilitate rapid energy system decarbonisation.


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 13 - Climate Action


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