Steven Blair, MEng, PhD, MIET, SMIEEE


  • United Kingdom


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Personal profile

Personal Statement

I am the Nokia Lecturer in the Institute for Energy and Environment, within the Electronic and Electrical Engineering department.

My previous roles involved working on a number of research projects, including:

  • EMRP ENG52 "Smart Grid II", involving the development of phasor measurement units for distribution networks,
  • ELECTRA, involving future grid flexibility and control, and
  • ERIGrid, involving smart grid laboratory infrastructure.

Also, I conducted analysis for the Capacity to Customers (C2C) Low Carbon Networks Fund project, in partnership with Electricity North West Ltd. In particular, this role involved understanding the impact of novel automation and demand-side response schemes on system capacity and power quality, using detailed system models and monitoring data.

I am interested in communications for power systems, in particular IEC 61850, wide area communications using IP/MPLS, and phasor measurement units. I have created two open source libraries for facilitating the development and testing of IEC 61850-based systems: rapid61850 and discover.

I have also created several tools for visualising power systems concepts, including: real and reactive power, symmetrical components, the dq0 transform, and voltage harmonics.

I am a member of the IET, the IEEE, the IEEE Power & Energy Society, IEC TC57 WG10, CIGRE WG B5.64, and the IEEE Open Source Software Task Force.

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Power system protection
  • Fault current limitation
  • Power system communications
  • IEC 61850
  • Real-time simulation
  • Embedded systems
  • Software development

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Strathclyde

Master of Engineering, University of Strathclyde

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Research Output

Open Access
  • 44 Citations (Scopus)
    825 Downloads (Pure)
    Open Access
  • 40 Citations (Scopus)
    388 Downloads (Pure)


    Best Paper Award

    Qiteng Hong (Recipient), Steven Blair (Recipient), Rachael Eynon (Recipient), Nathan Matheson (Recipient), Max McFarlane (Recipient), Rhys Williams (Recipient) & Campbell Booth (Recipient), 24 Oct 2019

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Radio Industries Club of Scotland - Baird Memorial Prize

    Steven Macpherson Blair (Recipient), 2008

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    C2C Network Performance Results

    Steven Macpherson Blair (Contributor)
    27 Jan 2015

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    IET Generation, Transmission and Distribution (Journal)

    Steven Macpherson Blair (Peer reviewer)
    2013 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesJournal peer review