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Fellows

Durham Energy Institute (DEI) has an ongoing open call to appoint non-stipendiary Fellows from current staff and students. As one of the University’s cross-cutting research institutes, the DEI takes an interdisciplinary approach to the broad questions surrounding the supply and demand of energy in a developing World. Accordingly, applicants from all disciplines across the Science, Social Science and Arts & Humanities Faculties are welcomed.

DEI Fellows benefit from the DEI’s exceptional academic, industrial and political links at local, national and international level. It is intended that Fellows will contribute to developing and promoting these links through their own research activities. Each Fellow is given a specific remit associated with their fellowship in relation to their research interests. All PhD Fellow's have a remit to support the DEI STEM outreach agenda.

Ms Henna Bains
Henna is a Post Doctoral Research Associate (PDRA) in the Department of Engineering at Durham University. Her research focuses on uncertainty handling in offshore wind planning, mainly supporting long-term planning decisions. She holds a PhD and MMath degree from Durham University. Research interests: offshore wind, power transmission and uncertainty quantification.

Dr Hushan Bao
Huashan received PhD from Institute of Refrigeration and Cryogenics in Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. She then worked as Research Associate and then Senior Research Associate in Sir Joseph Swan Centre for Energy Research at Newcastle University before she joined Durham University as Assistant Professor in 2019.

Professor Gavin Bridge
Gavin is a social scientist (PhD in Geography) focussed on the political economy of energy and natural resources. He is interested in extractive industries - such as oil and gas, and critical materials associated with low-carbon technologies - and how geo-economic competition and climate change are reconfiguring global supply chains. He spent over 10 years living and working in the United States before returning to the UK.

Dr Rich Brown
Rich is a Geologist interested in pure and applied aspects of volcano science. Director of the Durham-managed Volcanic Margins Research Consortium from 2011-17, an academia-industry knowledge exchange partnership between UK universities and energy companies that funded PhD research and provided class- and field-based training to industry scientists.

Dr Ben Campbell
Ben is an environmental/energy anthropologist concerned with research and teaching on the social dimensions of energy systems, developing an understanding of the potential for energy innovation by engaging community based local knowledge and skilled practice. Ben is co-chair of the Low Carbon Energy for Development Network working with DFID-ESRC-EPSRC projects.

Dr Rui Carvalho
My research focuses on the integration of methods of convex optimisation and statistical machine learning. I was a Senior Research Associate at the Statistical Laboratory, University of Cambridge. Prior to that, I was a Research Fellow, and a Researcher Co-Investigator at the School of Mathematical Sciences, Queen Mary University of London. I have been a Researcher Co-Investigator on EPSRC grants totalling over £1.1M, and I am a member of the EPSRC Peer Review College.

Ms Costanza Concetti
Costanza is an ESRC-funded PhD candidate in the Department of Geography, with a BSc from Georgetown University and a MA from Durham University. She is currently exploring how local energy transitions involving distributed electricity generation may be challenging state-region relationships and co-producing imaginaries of local autonomy and sovereignty in Italy.

Dr Nic de Paola
Nicola's main research interests are in fault and earthquake mechanics. In 2011, he has established the Rock Mechanics Laboratory, in the Earth Sciences Department (Durham University). Recent work carried out in his laboratory contributed to our understanding of the processes that favour fault lubrication and earthquake propagation. His core research interests have recently broadened to include human-induced seismicity associated with geothermal energy, gas extraction and carbon storage/sequestration.

Dr Alexander Dodge
Alexander Dodge is an economic geographer whose research focuses on transformation and instability in hydrocarbon regimes at local, national and global scales. He is particularly interested in the role of nation-states in constituting the conditions for stability and change in oil and gas production networks.

Dr Adrian Green
My research includes a focus on energy use in domestic buildings between the Middle Ages and the Modern Age. Research on early industrialisation in north-east England relates to energy use in the transition from an ‘organic’ economy dependent on plant fibre and animal muscle to an economy based on coal.

Professor Chris Groves
Professor Groves worked in departments of Electronics (Sheffield), Physics (Cambridge) and Chemistry (Seattle), before arriving at Durham Engineering. His research interests centre on the use of novel plastics in cheap solar cells.

Ms Monica Hernandez
Monica is a PhD student currently working in the integration of electric vehicles with the grid from an energy efficiency and economic perspective. She holds a Bachelor in Industrial and Systems Engineering with a certification in Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Dr Alton Horsfall
Dr Alton Horsfall obtained his PhD from the University of Durham in 1997 and spent nearly 20 years at the University of Newcastle, before returning to Durham in 2018. His work is in the development of novel semiconductor devices for deployment in a range of applications from aerospace to renewable energy distribution, as well as the use of quantum physics to develop new paradigms in electronic device measurement.

Mr Burhan Hussein
Burhan Hussein received his BSc and (Chemistry) and MSc (Molecular Science) at Ryerson University in Canada. Burhan is undertaking a PhD as part of the Soft Matter and Functional Interfaces CDT at Durham. His PhD is on 'Manipulating Interactions across Lipid Membranes' under Dr Paul McGonigal.

Professor Behzad Kazemtabrizi
My principal research interests are in advanced energy system modelling, for improving operability and reliability of future flexible energy systems. My past and present research encompasses a wide area of topics including but not limited to research in energy systems integration, reliability and optimisation of power systems, and large-scale wind energy integration.

Dr Sarah Knuth
Sarah Knuth is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at Durham University. Her research focuses on critical geographies of climate change and clean energy transition, finance/financialisation and the green economy, including work on urban infrastructural and fiscal transformations, transitions justice and dis/reassembly in a green industrial revolution.

Dr Jessica Lehmann
I am a human-environment geographer primarily interested in international environmental politics. My current research on energy comprises two main themes: 1) The intersections of climate change adaptation/resilience and fossil fuel extraction; 2) New geographies of offshore energy and their relationships to marine politics.

Dr Janie Ling-Chin
Janie is Researcher Co-Investigator of EPSRC-funded networks, 'A Network for Hydrogen-fuelled Transportation' and 'A Network for Heating and Cooling Research to Enable a Net-Zero Carbon Future'. Her research focuses on life cycle assessment, thermal management, CCUS, and health index of electrical energy storage.

Mr Matthew Littlefair
Matthew Littlefair is a PhD student in the Department of Engineering at Durham University. He received his BSc in Physics from Newcastle University in 2018. His research, which is sponsored by Rolls-Royce, focuses on understanding electronic device performance under the influence of cosmic rays with emphasis on Single Event Effects.

Dr Yiji Lu
Yiji is a Fellow in the Durham Energy Institute and an Assistant Professor of Energy Systems in Durham University’s Department of Engineering with a research focus on Renewable and Clean Energy Conversion, Energy Storage and Cleaner/Alternative Fuels to tackle the Climate Change challenges.

Dr Zhiwei Ma
Zhiwei received PhD from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. He then worked as RA in Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Sheffield University and Sir Joseph Swan Centre for Energy Research, Newcastle University. He was promoted to Senior RA in 2018 before joining Durham University as Assistant Professor in 2019.

Dr Abdullah Malik
Dr Malik is a Chemical and Process Engineer. While being a Member of the Energy Institute he has worked on several energy-related commercial projects in the UK and other parts of the world. Dr Malik has a keen interest in research related to gasification/pyrolysis of biomass/solid recovered fuels to produce hydrogen and clean technologies.

Dr Laura Marsiliani
Laura holds a PhD in Economics from London Business School and an MSc in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics from University College London. Her main research interests are in energy and environmental economics and policies. She teaches Public Economics and Environmental Economics and Policy at Durham University Business School.

Dr Budhika Mendis
Dr Mendis is an Associate Professor in the Dept of Physics. His research interests are in uncovering the fundamental phenomena limiting the efficiency of thin-film photovoltaics (PV) and devising strategies to overcome them. Electron microscopy is a key technique in this work.

Dr Petra Minnerop
Dr Petra Minnerop is Associate Professor of international law and is an internationally-recognised expert in the field of environmental and climate change law. She is the founding Director of IRAB, an international research advisory board that aims at providing long-term research-led capacity building with partners in the Global South.

Dr Riccardo Mogre
Dr Riccardo Mogre is an Associate Professor in Operations Management. His research focuses on how to make management decisions in presence of risks. Within this scope, he has developed models to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of energy supply chains. He also has research interests in sustainable operations and life-cycle analysis.

Professor Marcus Power
Marcus Power is a Professor of Human Geography. His research focuses on theories and practices of global development and his work has explored the energy-development nexus and in particular the sustainability, accessibility and affordability of low carbon energy services and technologies in sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr Felix Ringel
Felix Ringel is Assistant Professor in Social Anthropology at Durham University. He works on energy transitions, urban sustainability and post-carbon futures in postindustrial Europe. His monograph Back to the Postindustrial Future: An Ethnography of Germany’s Fastest-Shrinking City (2018) investigates the effects of severe population shrinkage in a former mining city.

Dr Sumit Roy
Dr Roy has a strong research track record in the area of renewable energy. His research focusses on decarbonising transportation, hydrogen-based economy, renewable energy generation, electric vehicles, free-piston engines, modelling and simulation of complex systems etc. To date, he has published several articles in peer-reviewed International Journals and Conferences of high repute, which bespeaks of his efforts of establishing a sustained platform of research and his keen interest to give a concrete shape to his research findings.

Dr Mahmoud Shahbazi
Dr Mahmoud Shahbazi is an Assistant Professor in Electrical Engineering in the Department of Engineering. His current research is focused on the fault-tolerant operation of power electronic converters, renewable energy integration, and power system modelling and optimisation.

Ms Sarah Sheehy
Sarah is an EPSRC funded postgraduate research student in Energy Systems Modelling in the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences. Sarah received her undergraduate Master's degree in New and Renewable Energy from the Durham University in 2013, and her MSc in Operational Research from the University of Strathclyde in 2014. She re-joined Durham University in October 2014 for her PhD. Sarah is a member of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy at Durham, and as of November 2016 has been appointed a PhD Fellow of the Durham Energy Institute.

Dr Manish Shukla
Dr Manish Shukla is an Assistant Professor of Operations Management at the Business School. His research interest is in the application of Artificial Intelligent Techniques in addressing Operational Problems like Supply Network Design, Location-Allocation Modelling and Routing and Scheduling.

Dr Andrew Smallbone
Andrew is the Director of the EPSRC Network+ on the Decarbonisation of Heating and Cooling, Co-Director of the EPSRC Network+ on Hydrogen for Transportation (Network-H2), a Fellow of the Durham Energy Institute (DEI) and an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering. He leads multi-disciplinary research teams on the decarbonisation of energy, heat, transport and industry. His expertise is in techno-economic evaluation and advanced numerical modelling as well as the development of novel engineering prototypes and hardware demonstrations.

Jeremy Schmidt
Jeremy Schmidt is Associate Professor of Geography at Durham University. His energy research focuses on unconventional fossil fuel extraction for bitumen in Alberta, Canada. He also examines the water-energy nexus in the context of profound, and profoundly unequal, human impacts on the Earth system.

 

Professor Hongjian Sun
Professor Hongjian Sun is a Reader in Smart Grid at Durham University, is an Editor-in-Chief for IET Smart Grid journal, and an Editor/Guest Editor for several journals. He has authored over 120 papers in refereed journals and conferences, and secured grants from various funding bodies (including H2020, EPSRC, Innovate UK, BEIS etc).

Dr Julie van de Vyver
Dr Julie Van de Vyver obtained her PhD in Psychology from the University of Kent in 2016. She held a Lectureship at the University of Lincoln from 2016-2018. She joined Durham University as an Assistant Professor of Psychology in 2018. Julie’s energy research interests are environmental psychology, behavioural science/behaviour change and pro-environmental behaviour.

Professor Jeroen van Hunen
Jeroen van Hunen is a professor in Computational Geoscience in the department of Earth Sciences. He works on numerical modelling of a range of topics, including large-scale dynamics, climate, and energy-related models on carbon-capture and storage and mine geothermal energy.

Dr Shivaprasad Vijayalakshmi
Awaiting biography

Dr Qing Wang
Dr Qing Wang is an Associate Professor and the International Coordinator within the Department of Engineering at Durham University. Her research interests focus on measurement and instrumentation, life cycle engineering, operation research and enterprise supply networks design.

Dr Yaodong Wang
Yaodong Wang’s research: biofuel petrol/diesel-engine and trigeneration of heat/cooling/power with energy storage; biomass gasification, anaerobic digestion and combustion; renewable energy systems; Organic Rankine Cycle; thermal energy management; building energy saving; Miller Cycle to reduce NOx emissions from engines; Flameless Oxidation to reduce NOx emissions from gas turbine and power plant.

Professor Fred Worrall
Fred is Professor of Environmental Chemistry. His research has focused on water quality and on greenhouse gas dynamics in nature. He is currently working on the restoration and enhancement of greenhouse gas sequestration in natural systems especially peatlands; and the impact of energy exploitation on the environment.

Dr Karena Yan
Dr Ji Yan, Karena, is Associate Professor in Marketing at Durham University Business School. Her current main research interests fall into– innovation and technology management. In particular, her research focuses on innovation policy impact, cross-border innovation management, foreign R&D funds attraction, the innovation activities among customers, suppliers and competitors and integrate their processes to generate innovation performance.