Conversion and use of energy are associated with many environmental problems, notably the ‘wicked problem’ of climate change. The ECI’s energy research programme focusses on the issues raised by our need for transition to secure, low-environmental-impact and equitable energy systems. This will involve changes in technology, skills, activities, knowledge, markets, policy and governance.


Our work is organised into themes each led by a senior researcher, and with extensive collaboration across the programme.

Energy Systems and Governance

Focuses on major changes to whole energy systems, including the way they are organized and how decisions are made. Led by Nick Eyre.

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Energy Demand Policy

Focuses on existing and potential policies to reduce energy demand, including work on equity and fuel poverty issues. Led by Tina Fawcett.

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Energy Monitoring and Analytics

Focuses on developments in energy and environmental monitoring. Led by Russell Layberry.

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Focuses on ways to balance supply and demand, including storage, demand response, networks and generation. Led by Philipp Grunewald.

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Smart systems and everyday life

Focuses on human dimensions of energy systems, including human-technology interfaces, the relationship between everyday practices and energy use, decision-making, social learning and the role of ICT. Led by Sarah Darby.

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Builders and Buildings

Focuses on the practices and processes of innovation in the construction industry, and its potential role in delivering and maintaining low-energy buildings. Led by Gavin Killip.

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Energy, Organisations and Society

Focuses on the dual role of organisations as energy consumers and as providers of energy-consuming goods and services. Led by Kathryn Janda.

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Transport and Mobility

Focuses on reduced energy consumption, behavioural change and socio-technical transitions towards low-carbon, clean and energy efficient transport systems. Led by Christian Brand across ECI/TSU.

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Research outputs

Strategic review of UK energy efficiency programmes finds savings of upto 10%

A new study co-authored by Dr Nick Eyre sheds light on what works, where the gaps are, and future priorities for researchers and policy makers.

  • Jun 2015

Dr Sarah Darby reviews progress towards the planned roll-out of smart energy meters by 2020.

The report, led by Sarah Darby, was commissioned by DEFRA and gathered evidence from projects around the UK which looked into householder engagement with smart meters, evidence around changing behaviours and energy feedback among others.

  • Mar 2015

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Energy Programme staff

Dr Jake BarnesDr Jake BarnesResearcher in Low Carbon Heat Policy
Dr Brenda BoardmanDr Brenda BoardmanEmeritus Research Fellow
Dr Christian BrandDr Christian BrandSenior Research Fellow and Associate Professor
Dr Sarah DarbyDr Sarah DarbyAssociate Professor and Acting Leader, Energy Programme
 Marina Diakonova Marina DiakonovaData Scientist In Energy Research
 Clare Downing Clare DowningCentre Manager (CREDS)
Dr Sven EggimannDr Sven EggimannEnergy Demand Modeller
Professor Nick EyreProfessor Nick EyreJackson Senior Research Fellow and Professor of Energy and Climate Policy
Dr Tina FawcettDr Tina FawcettSenior Researcher and Acting Deputy Leader, ECI Energy Programme
Dr Rebecca FordDr Rebecca FordResearcher and Programme Manager, The Oxford Martin Programme on Integrating Renewable Energy
 Sam Hampton Sam HamptonResearcher
 Hannah Harris Hannah HarrisWebsite and Communication Officer (CREDS)
Dr Sarah HigginsonDr Sarah HigginsonResearcher-RealValue
 Kay Jenkinson Kay JenkinsonKnowledge Exchange Officer (Business and Policy) (CREDS)
Dr Gavin KillipDr Gavin KillipResearcher
Dr Russell LayberryDr Russell LayberrySenior Researcher
 Anne Ryan Anne RyanEnergy Network Coordinator and Energy Demand Research Champion Assistant
 Aven Satre-Meloy Aven Satre-MeloyResearch Assistant
Dr Marina TopouziDr Marina TopouziResearcher in Lower Carbon Futures
 Heather Waller Heather WallerAdministrative Assistant - Lower Carbon Futures Programme and Climate Research Lab

Doctoral research

Laura Brinker

Energy decisions and governance: implications of retail market design for decentralized energy resources

Supervisor: Prof. Nick Eyre; Dr Matthew Lockwood (University of Exeter)

Samuel Hampton

Understanding energy demand: energy using practices and energy services

Supervisors: Dr Sarah Darby; Dr Tina Fawcett; Prof. Nick Eyre

Xiawei Liao

Identifying and understanding changes in water-energy linkage for China

Supervisors: Prof. Nick Eyre; Prof. Jim Hall

Scott MacDonald

An international comparison of voluntary green electricity tariffs

Supervisor: Prof. Nick Eyre

Samuel Miller McDonald

Egalitarian Energy: Challenges to Neoliberal Discourse in Distributed Community Energy Programs

Supervisors: Prof. Nick Eyre; Dr Aoife Haney

Kiron Neale

Beyond Implementation: Mainstreaming Residential Solar Energy in Trinidad

Supervisors: Dr Chris Jardine; Prof. Nick Eyre

Jose Ramirez Mendiola

The pathway to a sustainable energy infrastructure system

Supervisors: Prof. Nick Eyre; Prof. Jim Hall

Aven Satre Meloy

Dimensions of residential energy demand: an analysis of factors influencing energy consumption and flexibility in US and UK households

Supervisors: Prof. Nick Eyre; Dr Philipp Grnewald

Oxford University Energy Network
Oxford University Climate Network