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Prof. Jim Watson

Research Director

Institute of Sustainable Resources UCL

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Jim Watson was CCG's first Research Director. He is Professor of Energy Policy and Research Director at the Institute of Sustainable Resources, University College London (UCL). He was previously Research Director and Director of the UK Energy Research Centre from 2013 to 2019, and Director of the Sussex Energy Group, University of Sussex from 2008 to 2013. Jim has over 25 years’ research experience on climate change, energy, and innovation policy. This includes leading interdisciplinary research on the UK energy transition, international collaborations with colleagues in China, India, Ghana, and Zambia, and a period as a Visiting Scholar at the… [Read more]

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Dr Stephanie Hirmer

Research Manager & Advanced GIS Modelling Co-Lead

University of Oxford

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Stephanie Hirmer is the CCG Research Manager and leads the Advanced GIS modelling workstream. She is a Senior Researcher in Energy Systems at the Energy and Power Group at the University of Oxford where she looks at integrating community viewpoints into energy-related decision-making.  She is also a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Sustainable Development at the University of Cambridge where she completed her PhD and now delivers a course on Energy, Development and Rural Livelihood. She is a co-founder and Director of Research and Innovation at Rural Senses Ltd., a social enterprise that uses AI-enhanced data analysis and user-centric… [Read more]

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Dr Will Usher

Platform Manager & Principal Investigator

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

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Will Usher is the CCG Platform Manager. He is an experienced modeller and researcher of energy and infrastructure systems at KTH Royal Institute of Technology where he works as a Professor of Integrated Systems Analysis for Sustainable Development. He joined the division in 2019 and brings his experience of leading large open-source research projects to the home of OSeMOSYS, CLEWS, and OnSSET. Will Usher’s research interests bridge three related themes: model integration and infrastructure system-of-systems; energy systems optimization modelling and transition pathways; and decision-making under uncertainty and uncertainty quantification. His research approach is grounded in engineering, but highly interdisciplinary, bringing… [Read more]

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Dr Steve Pye

Contract & Public Goods Project Manager

University College London

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Steve Pye is the CCG Contract & Publics Goods Project Manager. He is an Associate Professor of Energy Systems at the UCL Energy Institute, University College London (UCL). Steve has 15 years’ research experience on energy and climate modelling and policy analysis. His research concerns the challenge of energy system decarbonization, using different whole system energy modelling approaches, with a particular focus on scenario modelling of national and global low-carbon pathways, uncertainty assessment, and the equity and health dimensions of energy transitions. Steve’s research track record is reflected in over 40 peer review journal articles and numerous technical reports and… [Read more]

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Prof. Nilay Shah

COP Engagement

Imperial College london

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Nilay Shah oversees the CCG COP engagement. He is Director of the Centre for Process Systems Engineering at Imperial College London. He works on energy systems modelling and engineering, bio-based process systems, hydrogen infrastructures, supply chain modelling, process optimization, biochemical process design, and plant safety. He is particularly interested in the transfer of technology and expertise from academia to industry. [Read more]

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Dr Lara Allen

National Engagement Lead

CEO, Centre for Global Equality and University of Cambridge

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Lara Allen is the CCG National Engagement Lead. She is the CEO of the Centre for Global Equality (CGE), a Cambridge-based civil society organization that enables the evolution of innovative solutions to global challenges by facilitating productive interactions between academia, civil society, government, business, and under-resourced communities in developing countries. She is also an Affiliated Lecturer in Inclusive Innovation at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge, where she directs the Inclusive Innovation Programme. She has more than ten years of experience as an international development practitioner, having worked as a consultant, employee, and volunteer with grassroots… [Read more]

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Dr Adam Hawkes

System Design Lead – Principal Investigator

Imperial College london

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Adam Hawkes leads the CCG System Design Workstream. He is a Reader in Energy Systems at Imperial College London, Director of the Sustainable Gas Institute, and Programme Lead for Energy Modelling at the Grantham Institute. He is Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier’s Renewable and Sustainable Energy Transition journal, a new partner open access journal to the high impact Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. A Chartered Engineer, Dr Hawkes has more than 20 years’ experience of technical leadership and management in the field of greenhouse gas mitigation approaches, energy technology assessment, and systems design and modelling. Adam has worked on key emerging challenges… [Read more]

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Prof. Jim Hall

Sector Interactions Co-Lead

University of Oxford

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Jim Hall co-leads the CCG Systems Integration Workstream. He is Professor of Climate and Environmental Risks at the University of Oxford and is Director of Research in the School of Geography and the Environment. Before joining the University of Oxford in 2011 to become Director of the University’s Environmental Change Institute, Prof. Hall held academic positions in Newcastle University and the University of Bristol. Prof. Hall is internationally recognized for his research on risk analysis and decision-making under uncertainty for water resource systems, flood and coastal risk management, infrastructure systems, and adaptation to climate change. Professor Hall is a member… [Read more]

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Dr Jonathan Cullen

Sector Interactions Co-Lead

University of Cambridge

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Dr Jonathan Cullen is the University Lecturer in Energy, Transport and Urban Infrastructure at the University of Cambridge. He leads the Resource Efficiency Collective (www.refficiency.org) and has a reputation for top-down studies of resource systems, bringing skills in developing new metrics to reflect both energy and material consequences of materials production. Jonathan studied Chemical and Process Engineering in New Zealand and began his career as a Process Engineer in heavy industry. After 5 years, he moved to Lima, Peru, where he was involved in projects with ITDG (Intermediate Technology Development Group) and UNALM (Universidad Nacional Agraria de La Molina) to develop biodiesel energy… [Read more]

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Prof. Sam Fankhauser

Economics & Policy Lead

University of Oxford

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Sam Fankhauser leads the CCG Economics and Policy Workstream. He is Professor of Climate Change Economics and Policy at the University of Oxford, where he is affiliated with the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment and the School of Geography and the Environment. He is also Research Director of Oxford Net Zero and a Fellow of Reuben College. Outside academia, Sam is a Non-Executive Director of CDC Group, the UK’s development finance institution, and an Associate Director at economics consultancy Vivid Economics. He was an inaugural member of the UK Committee on Climate Change, on which he served from… [Read more]

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