Project team

The project is led by Dr Nazmiye Ozkan (Policy Studies Institute, University of Westminster), an experienced energy system modeller and a former member of the UK Markal Energy System Modelling team. It will be steered by Professor Catherine Mitchell (University of Exeter), a leading energy policy expert in the UK.

Social science expertise is provided by Dr Lorraine Whitmarsh (School of Psychology, Cardiff University) whose research employs deliberative, survey and expert methods to examine perceptions of energy technologies and scenarios. Lorraine will be supported by Dr Dimitrios Xenias, a Postdoctoral Research Associate focusing on environmental psychology and interdisciplinary research in energy and travel behaviour.

This expertise will be complemented by the experiences of Professor Tom Rodden and Dr Alexa Spence (Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute, Nottingham University), exploring public perceptions of energy systems transitions. Dr Peter Connor (Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter) brings significant knowledge of regulation and policy relating to renewable-energy sources of electricity and heat, while technical expertise is provided by Dr Gary Taylor and Dr Colin Axon (Brunel Institute of Power Systems), researching smart grids, renewable energy, microgeneration, and power system and network communications.

In addition, Dr Liana Cipcigan (School of Engineering, Cardiff University) brings technical experience gained through significant involvement in multiple EU and EPSRC projects examining microgrids, mobile energy resources in electricity grids, electric vehicles, and intelligent active energy management.