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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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Projects 2009 2021

Selected Research Output 2009 2019

40 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
Rapid prototyping
Data structures
Electric potential
38 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
Superconducting fault current limiters
Electric fault currents
Superconducting materials
Superconducting devices
Overcurrent protection
14 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
Superconducting fault current limiters
Fault detection
Electric fault currents
Networks (circuits)
Distributed power generation


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 Blair (Recipient), 2008

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Electronics industry

Selected Activities 2011 2019

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

IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery (Journal)

Steven Macpherson Blair (Peer reviewer)
2011 → …

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

IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity (Journal)

Steven Macpherson Blair (Peer reviewer)
2014 → …

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