SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit


The Sussex Energy Group unites researchers across the University of Sussex working on energy issues. Our membership spans over four Schools and the Institute of Development Studies.

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SEG Directors

Benjamin SovacoolBenjamin Sovacool Headshot

Dr. Benjamin K. Sovacool is Professor of Energy Policy at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU. He is the Director of the Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand which involves the University of Oxford and University of Manchester. Professor Sovacool works as a researcher and consultant on issues pertaining to energy policy, energy security, climate change mitigation, and climate change adaptation.

Areas of expertise:

Climate change adaptation, Climate change mitigation, energy justice, energy policy, energy security, Energy Supply, Sustainability: Environmental.


Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED), Societal Implications of Nordic Vehicle-to-Grid Transition, Leverage Points for Low Footprint Solutions in Cities, HOPE, INNOPATHS‘Fracking’, Framing and Effective Participation.

Karoline Roggephoto of Karoline Rogge

Karoline Rogge is Senior Lecturer in Sustainability Innovation and Policy and Senior Research Fellow in the Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand and Co-Director of the Sussex Energy Group. Her interdisciplinary research studies the link between policy and innovation in the energy sector, with a focus on transformative policy mixes for low-carbon energy transitions in Germany and the UK. Karoline is Course Director of the online MSc in Energy Policy which commenced in January 2019. She is also a Senior Researcher at Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI in Germany.

Areas of expertise:

Energy innovation and transitions, policy mixes for transformative change, corporate strategic decision-making, market-based climate policy instruments, politics of transitions, social innovation, local transition governance, inter- and transdisciplinarity.


Smart Energy Transition (SET), Social Innovation in Energy Transitions (SONNET)

Marie Claire BrisboisMarie Claire Brisbois

Marie Claire Brisbois is a Lecturer in Energy Policy at SPRU. She is Co-Director of the Sussex Energy Group and Co-Convenor of the Online Masters in Energy Policy. Her work examines questions of structural power, politics and influence in energy, water and natural resource governance contexts.

Areas of expertise:

energy policy, political power, power, sustainability transitions, energy governance, water governance, collaborative governance, grassroots innovation, energy transitions


Powershifts , Carbon-Intensive Regions

Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) - School of Business, Management & Economics (BMEc)

Rocio Alvarez TinocoRocio Alvarez Tinoco

Rocio Alvarez Tinoco is a Research Fellow at SPRU with extensive experience as a researcher and consultant for development working with international organisations and firms, as well as in teaching management of innovation and strategy. Rocio has a PhD and MSc in Science and Technology Policy Studies from SPRU and an MSc in Food Technology and Management Science from the University of London.

Areas of expertise:

Science, technology, and innovation policy studies for development; knowledge processes for climate change, sustainability, capabilities building and understanding complex systems.



Lucy Bakerphoto of Lucy

Lucy Baker's areas of research include: the political economy of energy; socio-technical transitions; and low carbon development in low & middle income countries. Prior to joining academia she worked in policy and campaigns with non-governmental organisations Oxfam, Amnesty International, Bretton Woods Project. She has a working proficiency in Spanish, Portuguese and French.

Areas of expertise:

Electricity, Energy finance, energy policy, Energy transitions, Political economy, Renewable Energy, Socio-technical transitions.


Energy demand and the UK steel economy, Reorienting investments and divesting from fossil fuel assets , Urban transformation in South Africa through co-designing energy services provision pathways , China’s Involvement in South Africa’s Renewable Energy Sector , INNOPATHS

Noam BergmanNoam Bergman photo

Noam Bergman researches energy and sustainability. He studied physics and environmental sciences before switching to interdisciplinary research on transitions to sustainability, first at the University of East Anglia and then the University of Oxford. He joined SPRU in 2015 to work at the Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand.

Areas of expertise:

Energy transitions, microgeneration, transport, human dimensions of energy use.


Futures of Personal Mobility, Reorienting investments and divesting from fossil fuel assets

Nora BlascsokNora

Nora Blascsok is Communications and Engagement Officer for CIED. She helps researchers reach a wider audience by writing news stories and press releases, as well as editing blogs. Nora also looks after the CIED website and oversees the organisation of all CIED-funded events. Before joining CIED full time, Nora also supported the Sussex Energy Group as well as SPRU with communications and events. She has an MA with Distinction in International Relations from the School of Global Studies, University of Sussex.


Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED)

Donal BrownDonal photo

Donal Brown is a Phd student and sustainable energy specialist with extensive experience in the low carbon housing sector. He has technical knowledge of renewable energy systems as well as Passivhaus and energy efficient design. He is also Sustainability Director of an eco-housing design and build firm which provides consultancy services.


Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED)

Rob Byrnepicture of Rob Byrne

Rob Byrne is a Lecturer at SPRU and has been working in the sustainable energy field for more than 15 years as an engineer, a project manager and, more recently, in policy analysis. He is particularly experienced in energy and development in an African context, having spent a total of five years on renewable energy projects in a number of countries (Botswana, Tanzania and Kenya). He also teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate level in energy, development and sustainability issues.

Areas of expertise:

Climate policy, energy policy, Innovation for sustainability, Low carbon development, Renewables, Socio-technical transitions.


STEPS Centre

Claire CopelandClaire photo

Claire Copeland is undertaking a PhD in SPRU, looking at economic constraint due to changes in net energy supply in the transition to a low carbon economy. Alongside her Phd, Claire works on the policy engagement initiative, Policy @ Sussex, developing Policy Briefings and helping academics respond to Select Committee inquiries. In 2015 Claire was awarded a Research Fellowship at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) where she conducted research and compiled the policy briefing on The Future of Natural Gas in the UK.


Policy @ Sussex

Victor Court

Victor Court PhotoEngineer in agronomy (AgroParisTech) and holder of a master’s degree in energy economics (IFP School), Victor Court defended in 2016 a PhD thesis in economics (Université Paris Nanterre) on the relationship between the Energy-Return-on-Investment (EROI) of energy systems and long-term economic growth. After spending another year in Paris as a post-doctoral researcher (Ecole Normale Supérieure), Victor is now a research fellow at the Science Policy Research Unit of the University of Sussex, a research associate at the Chair Energy & Prosperity, and a project researcher at the Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS).

As part of the Digital Society Theme of the new Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS), Victor's work currently focuses on the determinants of the net impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs) on energy consumption. This project is part of a broader research agenda on the interaction between technological change, energy transition, and long-term economic development.


Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS)

Ed DearnleyEd Dearnley photo

Ed Dearnley is a Project Manager at SPRU where he supports TRANSrisk, a Horizon 2020 project. Prior to joining SPRU Ed worked in environmental policy for NGOs and as a consultant, where his work included air quality policy development and production of widely used policy-to-practice guidance.



Duncan EdmondsonDuncan photo

Duncan Edmondson is a doctoral researcher working on a project focusing on policy mixes for innovation and energy demand. With a background in Environmental Science (BSc; University of Leeds), Duncan previously completed an MSc at SPRU in Energy Policy for Sustainability. Duncan’s research engages with the politics of transitions, and the co-evolutionary dynamics of policy mixes and socio-technical systems.


Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED)

Adrian ElyAdrian Ely photo

Adrian Ely is interested in innovation for sustainable agri-food systems, especially with respect to their energy/ resource intensity and environmental risks.  I have looked at these issues in Europe, North America, East Africa and China, most recently through the project ‘Low Carbon Innovation in China: Prospects, Politics and Practice’. I am a deputy director of the ESRC STEPS Centre and I co-lead the ISSC  'Transformative Pathways to Sustainability' network as part of the work of the centre's global consortium.


STEPS Centre , Low Carbon Innovation in China

Tim Foxonpicture of Tim Foxon

Prof Tim Foxon is Professor of Sustainability Transitions at SPRU (Science Policy Research Unit), University of Sussex. He was previously a Reader in Sustainability and Innovation at the Sustainability Research Institute (SRI), University of Leeds, and a Research Associate at University of Cambridge and Imperial College London. His research explores technological and social factors relating to the innovation of new energy technologies, co-evolution of technologies and institutions for a transition to a sustainable low carbon economy, and interdependencies between energy use and economic growth.

Areas of expertise:

Low carbon transitions, innovation systems, industrial strategy, reorienting investment, energy and economic growth.


Low carbon industrial strategy, Economic growth and energy demand, Reorienting investments and divesting from fossil fuel assets divestment (at CIED), Exergy economics, iBUILD, CREDS

Nick Gallie

Nick Gaille is a doctoral student at SPRU. Before starting his Phd, Nick had career in advertising, new product development and organisational communications. He worked at Greenpeace in the UK, first as fundraiser then as Creative Director, later Campaigns and Communications Director and finally Logistics (Direct Action) Director. He has three Masters degrees: in Economic Science from Aberdeen University and in Human Rights and Science Policy from the University of Sussex.

Bipashyee GhoshBipashyee G photo

Bipashyee Gosh is a 3rd year doctoral candidate at SPRU. Her current research is focused on sustainable urban mobility transformations in Global South. She has completed her masters on ‘Innovation Sciences’ from Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands and has an undergraduate degree in Economics from Jadavpur University, India. She spent a year in Japan as an International exchange student and worked as a climate change activist as an International climate champion with British Council, India. 

Areas of expertise:

Sustainable transport, urban mobility, Sustainability transitions, smart cities, Global South.

Sabine HielscherSabine Hielscher photo

Sabine Hielscher joined SPRU as a Research Fellow in October 2010. Her work has focused on studying grassroots innovations. Since 2015, she has also been a Research Fellow at the Centre for Technology and Society (ZTG), Technical University of Berlin. Prior to joining SPRU, Sabine completed an EPSRC funded PhD in Art and Design at Nottingham Trent University.

Areas of expertise:

Sustainable energy and civil society activities, ‘Smart’ energy transitions , Everyday practices and energy demand.


Smart meter rollout in the UK: Dynamics of Expectations (at CIED), Social Innovation in Energy Transitions (SONNET).

Ralitsa HitevaRalitsa Hiteva photo

Ralitsa Hiteva is a Research Fellow specialising in infrastructure governance and regulation. Ralitsa works on changes to business models for infrastructure provision due to pressures such as cross–sector integrations and low carbon transitions; and the complex governance arrangements across scales and multi-scale systems strategic infrastructure decision-making.

Areas of expertise:

Low carbon infrastructure; Governance, regulation and business model innovations for energy services; Energy policy; Energy intermediaries; Smart grids and smart cities; Renewables and offshore wind.



Andrew Hook   Andrew Hook headshot

Andrew is a Research Fellow in Energy Justice and Transitions who joined SPRU in 2018. He is working on the Innovation Pathways, Strategies and Policies for the Low-Carbon Transition in Europe (INNOPATHS), as well as other SPRU projects, such as Digital Society and Energy Demand.

 Areas of expertise:

The political economy and political ecology of: energy justice, low carbon transitions, climate change policy, and extractive industries.



Phil Johnstone   Phil Johnstone photo

Phil is a Research Fellow with a background in Human Geography and Science and Technology Studies interested in energy policy, the political and democratic implications of technological development, understanding the role and nature of the state in the 21st century, and developing more spatial understandings of Science & Technology policy. Before joining SPRU he completed a PhD on Public Engagement with Nuclear Power in the UK at the University of Exeter.


Smart Energy Transition‘Fracking’, Framing and Effective Participation.

Sofia Kesidoupicture of Sofia Kesidou

Sofia Kesidou joined SPRU as a doctoral researcher in September 2015. Her research focuses on supply chain integration within the construction industry and its impact on the delivery of low energy innovations in non-domestic buildings. Sofia has 14 years’ experience in sustainability consulting within the construction sector. She holds a BA(Hons) in Architectural Studies and an MRes in the Built Environment with Distinction.


Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED)

Paula Kivimaapicture of Paula Kivimaa

Dr Kivimaa is Senior Research Fellow at SPRU and the Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED). Prior to joining SPRU she worked for 12 years as a researcher in the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE). She has published circa 25 peer-reviewed articles and contributed to several reports, policy briefs and consultation responses addressed to policymakers in climate, energy, transport, and innovation policy.

Areas of expertise:

Climate and energy policy, Policy analysis and evaluation from innovation and transition perspectives, Innovation in building energy efficiency, transport and bioenergy, Intermediary organisations and actors in sociotechnical transitions, Policy integration and coherence.


Low Energy Housing Innovations and the Role of Intermediaries (at CIED) , Smart meter roll-out in the UK - the Dynamics of expectations (at CIED), Smart Energy Transition (SET)

Matthew LockwoodMatthew Lockwood headshot

Matthew Lockwood has worked on climate and energy policy for over 15 years. He joined SPRU in December 2018 from the Energy Policy Group at the University of Exeter, where he was a Senior Research Fellow working on innovation and governance in the UK energy system, with a particular focus on institutions. Prior to that he was the head of the climate change team at the Institute of Development Studies at Brighton. He has also worked for the Institute for Public Policy Research, in the NGO sector, and for national and London government. He has an MPhil in economics and a DPhil in social and political sciences, both from the University of Oxford.

Areas of expertise:

Political economy of climate and energy, political stability of decarbonisation policies in the energy sector, role of incumbents in influencing policy design, institutional contexts between countries affecting policies and outcomes. 

Katherine LovellKat Lovell photo

Katherine is a Research Fellow in SPRU. Her research is focused on how established infrastructure systems can develop and change. Prior to joining SPRU Katherine worked at Imperial College London conducting research on innovation and restructuring in the railway sector, first as a researcher as part of Rail Research UK and then as a PhD student in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Group at Imperial College Business School.

Areas of expertise:

Business models, Infrastructures, Innovation studies, Large Technical Systems, Railway system.



Gordon Mackerronphoto of Gordon Mackerron

Gordon is Professor of Science and Technology Policy at SPRU. He was formerly the Director of the Sussex Energy Group as well as the Director of SPRU. His original training is in economics, with particular interest in nuclear power both in the UK and internationally.  Gordon has held multiple advisory roles in public policy and was previously member of The Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution and Chair of Committee on Radioactive Waste Management  

Areas of expertise: 

Economics, politics and innovation in the energy system, specialising in nuclear power and policy trade-offs.



Irene MaffiniIrene Maffini photo

Irene Maffini is a part-time PhD student. Irene holds an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College (UK) and a double degree in Business & Economics from Northeastern University (US) and Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Italy). Irene is an Independent Expert on innovation projects for the European Commission and Climate-KIC and a Consultant to UNDP and various cleantech ventures.

Areas of expertise:

Clean energy investment, alternative finance (e.g. crowdfunding), commercialisation, incubation and innovation policy.

Fiona MarshallFiona Marshall photo

Fiona is a Professor at SPRU and a specialist in environment and development, with over 20 years’ experience in the design, management and implementation of interdisciplinary research and engagement initiatives. Her research is concerned with sustainable development and, in particular, the impact of rapid social and environmental change on the livelihoods of poor and marginalised people in the developing world.

Areas of expertise:

Ecosystem Services, Environment and Health, Innovation for sustainability, International Development, Natural Resource Management.

Abigail MartinAbigail Martin Headshot

Abigail Martin is an interdisciplinary social scientist and Research Fellow at SPRU. Her interests lie at the intersection of environmental politics and the governance of energy and agricultural value chains. She is particularly interested in questions concerning political economy and political ecology, including how capitalism shapes and is shaped by struggles over environmental injustices and economic inequality. She has looked at these issues in industrial policy for low-carbon biofuels in the US and Brazil, solar energy policies and energy efficiency programs in California, “green” innovation in global chemical value chains, and most recently the development of shale gas in the UK.

Areas of expertise:

Climate change and energy governance, low-carbon development, “green” industrial policy, the politics of low-carbon verification, environmental justice


Unconvential hydrocarbons in the UK energy system

Mari Martiskainenpic of Mari

Mari is a social scientist with a focus on energy transitions. Her research centres on concepts such as energy justice, user innovation, grassroots innovation, and intermediation. She has researched a wide range of topics including the energy justice implications of low carbon transitions, development of low energy housing, community action on fuel poverty, and diffusion of renewables. Mari has worked with multiple stakeholders, including charities, industry and consultants. She presents her work regularly in conferences, social/media and workshops.

Areas of expertise:

Energy justice, community energy, energy efficiency, energy policy, fuel poverty, grassroots innovations, sustainability transitions.


INNOPATHS, CREDSLow Energy Housing Innovations and the role of Intermediaries (LEHII) (at CIED), The Fuel Bill Drop Shop Project  (at CIED)

Chantal NaidooChantal Naidoo photo

Chantal is a doctoral researcher working on the co-evolution of financial systems and green transformations. Her case work addresses the financing of South Africa’s renewable energy sector. She also supports countries on their long-term climate response programmes for funding by the GCF. Her research interests are evolution of finance in transitions, DFIs and strategic approaches to development and climate support. 

Bryony ParrishBryony Parrish photo

Bryony Parrish joined Sussex in 2016. Her PhD research investigates UK residential user engagement with heat pumps and demand response, two technologies that are expected to contribute significantly to decarbonisation, but remain largely unfamiliar in the UK. Previously Bryony worked as a Research Assistant at Imperial College (ICCEPT), in sustainability consultancy and as a secondary school science teacher.

Sandra PointelSandra Pointel photo

Sandra is a Doctoral Researcher, focusing on the politics and governance of energy transitions in Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in Ghana. She is an experienced Associate Tutor, regularly teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students. Sandra has also hands-on experience of policy processes in West Africa, acquired through consultancy work for Climate Parliament.

Adrian Smith

Adrian has been a contract researcher at SPRU since 1997. His first degree was in Mechanical Engineering (Bristol). He has a Masters degree in Environmental Technology (Imperial College, London), and a DPhil in Science & Technology Policy Studies (Sussex). From June 2017 he is a Visiting Professor for one year at the Centro de Innovación en Tecnología para el Desarrollo Humano at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid thanks to the 'cátedras de excelencia' programme of the Community of Madrid.

Areas of expertise:

Grassroots innovation, Innovation studies, Politics of technology, STS, Sustainable development, Technology and society.

Andrea SmithAndrea Smith photo

Andrea is a doctoral researcher funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. Her Ph.D. looks at how major German and UK companies choose their package of greenhouse gas mitigation measures, focusing on the implications of their support of renewable electricity generation. She has a background in organizational carbon accounting and have sat on technical working groups of international standard-setting bodies and worked on legislation mandating carbon reporting for quoted companies for the UK government.

Steve SorrellSteven Sorrell Headshot

Steve is an energy and climate policy specialist with 25 years of experience in academic and consultancy research. He is currently Professor of Energy Policy in SPRU, Co-Director of Digital Society theme of the  Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions, Co-Director of the MSc in Energy Policy and Honorary Senior Fellow at the Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College.

Areas of expertise:

Energy and climate policy, energy efficiency, rebound effects, resource depletion.


Historical impact of ICTs on energy demandReviewing the evidence on ICTs and energy demand

Andrew StirlingAndy Stirling

Andy worked as a field archaeologist and ecology and peace activist in the 80's, going on to co-ordinate the nuclear, disarmament and energy campaigns for Greenpeace International. Later serving on national and international Greenpeace boards, he has also worked variously as a building labourer, laboratory technician, hospital porter and factory, farm and mental health care worker. Andy completed his doctorate at SPRU and has worked here since 1995 as an interdisciplinary "policy-engaged" researcher.

Areas of expertise:

Technology politics, science and technology studies, ecological economics, energy policy, innovation democracy, Sustainability transformations, uncertainty, precaution and diversity.


STEPS Centre, DiscGo, MCM‘Fracking’, Framing and Effective Participation.

Blanche TingBlanche Ting photo

Blanche is a Doctoral researcher and Tutor based at SPRU. Her PhD is analysing the relationship between industrial policy, energy security and the implications on sustainable development.  Her area of focus is primarily on electricity generation from renewable energy, coal and gas. She holds two Masters Degrees: Climate Change and Development from IDS as a Mandela-Sussex Scholar and Applied Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cape Town (UCT).



Anne-Marie Verbeken

Anna WatsonAnna Watson photo

Anna’s PhD examines the political economy of clean energy innovation organisations, utilising case studies from the UK and US to better understand why different countries pursue different clean energy portfolios. She continues to work part time as a conference producer, consulting UN Environment and the World Bank on their sustainability focused events.

Areas of expertise:

Renewables policy, Institutional economics, Political economy.

Laurence WilliamsPhoto of Laurence Williams

Laurence joined as research fellow in 2018. He currently works on the NERC and ESRC funded project ‘Fracking’, Framing and Effective Participation. The project looks at the socio-political challenges facing shale development in the UK that arise from its contested nature. He initially joined SPRU in 2014 to conduct a PhD on the English planning system’s oversight of shale gas development and the scope for the accommodation of public views therein. Prior to this, he completed a Masters by research degree jointly within the Geography Departmart, Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience and the Durham Energy Institute, all at Durham University.

Areas of expertise:

Hydraulic fracturing and shale gas, Planning, Power and decision making, Public involvement with science, Techno-scientific controversies.


‘Fracking’, Framing and Effective Participation

Keija Yangphoto of Keija Yang

I joined SPRU in September 2016. Before come here I worked as a research assistant in Institute of Policy and Management, Chinese Academy of Sciences, where I got my master degree. My doctoral research mainly focused on actor interactions and transformation with cases of solar and wind power in China.

Areas of expertise:

Energy transition and sustainability, renewable energy, low-carbon economy, evidence-based policy making, scientific advice.

Business & Management - School of Business, Management & Economics (BMEc)

Michael CoulonMichael Coulon photo

Michael Coulon is a Senior Lecturer in Finance in the department of Business and Management. Prior to joining the University of Sussex as a Lecturer in July 2013, Michael worked as a postdoctoral research associate and associate research scholar at Princeton University (2009-2013), in the department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering (ORFE).

Areas of expertise:

Commodities, Energy, Environmental policy, Finance, Financial Mathematics, Financial Modelling.

School of Global Studies

Andrea Brock

Andrea BrockAndrea Brock researches the political ecology of extractivism, particularly coal and fracking, in Germany and the UK. Her PhD explored the political economy of biodiversity offsetting and its role in legitimising extractive operation and invisibilising the voilent ingerent in coal mining. She current works as a lecturer in International Relation at the School of Global Studies. 


David Ockwellphoto Dave Ockwell

David Ockwell is Reader in Geography, a Senior Fellow of the Sussex Energy Group, Fellow of the Tyndall Centre, co-convenor of the Energy and Climate research domain in the ESRC STEPS Centre and sits on the board of the Low Carbon Energy for Development Network. David’s research, teaching and policy advisory work focusses on low carbon technology, innovation and development, with a particular focus on both sustainable energy access and international climate policy.

Areas of expertise:

Climate change, Climate change mitigation, climate policy, Energy and climate policy, Energy transitions, Innovation Policy, International Development, Sustainable energy production


The political economy of state-led transformations in pro-poor low carbon energy: A comparative study across China and Kenya


Making international climate change policy work for low-income countries: Supporting East African policy makers in leveraging international climate finance for low carbon economic growth and poverty alleviation


Sarah RoystonPicture of Sarah Royston

Sarah Royston has a background in Geography, Sustainable Development and Social Policy (at the Universities of Cambridge, Leeds and York).  Her PhD thesis examined pro-environmental practices across the life-course.  She worked as a Researcher at the Association for the Conservation of Energy before joining the DEMAND centre.

Areas of expertise:

Social practices and sustainability, Qualitative research methods, Energy and policy


Invisible Energy Policy

Jan Selbyphoto of Jan Selby

Jan Selby is Professor of International Relations, and Director of the Sussex Centre for Conflict and Security Research (SCSR). His research focuses mainly on water, climate and energy security, though he also maintains interests in peace-building and peace processes, the links between conflict and development, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and International Relations theory. 

Areas of expertise:

Environmental security, Israel-Palestine, Peace processes


Invisible Energy Policy

School of Law, Politics and Sociology

Rita GriguolaiteRita G photo

Rita’s doctoral research is in the field of market and non-market values of the EU energy policy and their national implementation. She is the Modern Law Review and LPS PhD Scholarship holder. Rita has experience in litigation relevant to energy sector; she also assisted a Member of the European Parliament and worked with policy advocacy.

Areas of expertise:

Energy policy; regulation; EU energy liberalization; nuclear power. 

Francis McGowanFrancis Mcgowan photo

Francis McGowan is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics at Sussex University. 

Areas of expertise: 

EU Energy Policy:  Shale Gas Development and Regulation; Renewable Energy in Europe; Comparative Policy Analysis.


The Evolution of European Energy Policy; The Politics of Shale Gas in Europe and North America

School of Engineering and Informatics

Peter Fussey

Peter Fussey headshotPeter Fussey has worked in the Automotive industry for 25 years in the areas of Control and Electronics, Emissions Control, Hybrid Vehicles through to Noise and Vibration. In 2016 he joined the University of Sussex as an Industrial Research Professor in Engineering where he leads research bids in a wide range of fields from Electric and Hybrid vehicle technology, Control Systems and applications of Machine Learning to reduce fuel consumption and emissions. 

Areas of expertise:

Automotive Applications, Combustion, Control Engineering, diagnostics, Emissions (Combustion), Model Predictive Control, Noise and Vibration Control, Optimal Control, Real-time Software Systems, Software Quality, Systems modelling, Vehicle Emissions. 

Spyros Skarvelis-KazakosSpyros Skarvelis-Kazakos

Dr Spyros Skarvelis-Kazakos is a creative engineer working on smart grids and renewable energy. With a PhD from Cardiff University, he joined Sussex in 2015. He has successfully attracted research funding and participated in major EU projects. Professional activities include EPSRC Peer Review College and IEEE and CIGRE Working Groups.

Areas of expertise:

Resilient and reliable operation of electricity networks, Integrated energy systems (electricity, gas, heat, etc), Intelligent control and co-ordination of energy resources, Distributed energy resources, microgrids.

Institute of Development Studies (IDS)

Ana PueyoAna Pueyo

Dr Ana Pueyo is a Research Fellow at IDS, where she leads research on energy and development. Her key research areas are renewable energy investment in Africa and the social and economic impacts of sustainable energy. She holds a PhD in Industrial Engineering by Madrid´s Technical University, an MSc in Management of Information Systems by the London School of Economics, and a BSc in Business and Economics.

Areas of expertise:

Renewable energy investment, economic and social impacts of electricity, energy policy, climate policy.


Unlocking the benefits or productive uses of energy for women, Green Growth Diagnostics for Africa, ESCO Box: Smart monitoring, billing and control for pro-poor access to energy services, Pro-Poor Access to Electricity, The Political Economy of Climate-Compatible Development. 

Wei Shenphoto of Wei Shen

Dr Wei Shen is a political economist who worked for development finance agencies in China for over ten years. His research interests include: the political economy of China’s low-carbon transformation and climate change policies; China’s role in global climate finance and climate governance; and South-South cooperation on climate change issues. 

Associate Fellows

Roman Sidortsovphoto of Roman Sidortsov

Dr. Roman Sidortsov is a comparative socio-legal scholar focusing on the intersection of energy and environmental law and policy.    Dr. Sidortsov’s current and past academic appointments include an Assistant Professor of Energy Policy at Michigan Technological University, Senior Global Energy Fellow and summer and distance learning programs faculty at Vermont Law School, adjunct  professor at the Marlboro College Graduate School, and Assistant Professor at the Baikal State University of Economics and Law. Prior to transitioning to academia, Dr. Sidortsov practiced law in Russia as in-house counsel for an American non-profit organization and in the United States as a transactional attorney. Dr. Sidortsov’s research focuses on international and comparative energy law and policy with a special emphasis on the Russian Federation and the United States, revitalization of post-industrial communities through sustainable energy development, energy security and justice, risk governance in the energy sector, and Arctic energy development.

Areas of expertise:

energy security and justice, risk governance of the energy sector, arctic energy development, russian energy and environmental law and policy, U.S. energy and environmental law and policy, pumped hydro storage