PhD students

Current PhD students at the Energy Policy Research Group

Mark Carrington

PhD student, Department of Chemistry

Email
[email protected]

Supervisors
Professor Clare Grey and Professor Oren Scherman

Research topic
Aqueous-organic redox flow batteries for grid-scale energy storage

Research interests
Batteries, materials, hard-tech, techno-economics, industry, deep decarbonisation, sustainable development

Biography
Mark is a PhD student in the Department of Chemistry working under the joint supervision of Professors Clare Grey and Oren Scherman. His work involves the screening, synthesis, and testing of new redox-active materials relevant to battery-based stationary storage. He is fully supported by a Prince of Wales Commonwealth Scholarship.

Prior to his PhD, he conducted work in 5 scientific research groups (including at Stanford, Berkeley, and KAUST), two multinational engineering corporations (3M and Nutrien), and a UN specialised agency (UNIDO) covering topics in energy ranging from fundamental materials research to renewable energy policy. To date, his work has resulted in a co-authored UN positioning paper, 2 patent applications and several peer-reviewed publications, including in the journal Nature. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University, where he was president of the Stanford Energy Club, and a master’s degree from Cambridge.

Ariel de Fauconberg

PhD student, Cambridge Judge Business School

Email
[email protected]

Supervisors
Professor Matthew Grimes and Professor Jennifer Howard-Grenville

Research topic
Strategic identity positioning and innovation in the energy sector

Research interests
Energy policy, climate change mitigation/adaptation, innovation, system dynamics, organisational identity.

Biography
Ariel (Ari) de Fauconberg is a PhD candidate in the Organisational Theory and Information Systems group at Cambridge Judge Business School. She is co-supervised by Professors Matthew Grimes (primary) and Jennifer Howard-Grenville.

Ari’s current research focuses on understanding the challenges that large organisations – particularly those in the oil and gas industry – face as they pursue alternative energy-related innovation. She is fully supported in her research as a Gates Cambridge Scholar.

Prior to her PhD studies, Ari worked as a Research Fellow at Babson College, conducting studies on clean energy entrepreneurship and female-led, high growth, high-potential firms. Ari holds a Master of Philosophy in Innovation, Strategy & Organisation from the University of Cambridge, an MBA (Hons) from Bentley University, and a Master of Philosophy in Geography & the Environment (Dist.) from the University of Oxford.

Petr Doležal

PhD student, Department of Computer Science and Technology

Email
[email protected]

Supervisors
Professor Srinivasan Keshav  and Dr Emily Shuckburgh

Research topic
Complementarity of distributed renewables and its effect on the transmission grid

Research interests
Renewable forecasting, energy transmission grid, climate models, probabilistic modelling, artificial intelligence

Biography
Petr is a PhD student at the AI for Environmental Risk research (AI4ER) CDT, University of Cambridge (since October 2019). He previously studied Physics (MSci) at the University of Cambridge as well.

He’s looking at the possibility of using multiple renewable energy sources, distributed spatially across large areas, to complement each other and reduce the uncertainty of the total energy supply in an electric grid. To assess this, he uses AI methods learned on meteorological data and the newest climate models.

The goal is to quantify the stability gained by connecting existing grids into a larger super-grid. Also, to analyze how connected the grid needs to be to harness this complementarity.

Mercedes Galindez

PhD student, Faculty of History

Email
[email protected]

Supervisor
Professor Paul Warde

Research topic
Contemporary socio-economic history of how renewable energy achieved cost competitiveness in key European markets, 1986-2017

Biography
Mercedes Galindez is a part-time PhD student in the Energy Policy Research Group (EPRG) at the University of Cambridge. She is reading her PhD on Economic History under the supervision of environmental historian Professor Paul Warde. Mercedes holds a MPhil in Latin American Studies from the University of Cambridge and a bachelor’s degree in history from Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (Argentina). She has worked in the energy industry for the last 7 years and is currently the Financing Group Senior Business Development Manager at law firm Slaughter and May.

Sukhgeet Kaur

PhD student, Department of Land Economy

Email
[email protected]

Supervisor
Shailaja Fennell

Research topic
Energy water nexus in Punjab agriculture

Research interests
Development economics, project appraisal, energy policy, agricultural pricing and marketing policies, trade strategy and industrial policy.

Biography
Sukhgeet Kaur is a PhD student in the Department of Land Economy at the University of Cambridge, having previously graduated with BA (Hons) and a master’s degree in Economics from Panjab University, Chandigarh, later winning a Commonwealth scholarship to complete an MPhil degree in Development Studies at the University of Cambridge.

A civil servant by profession, Sukhgeet belongs to Group A service of the Indian Administrative Service and Allied Services in the Government of India. She is currently posted to the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog), a premier Government of India think tank. At NITI Aayog, she has dealt with project appraisal of important ministries, industrial policy and trade strategy, and agricultural marketing and price policies. In her previous assignment at the Ministry of External Affairs, she handled India’s bilateral relations with important partners in South Asia and South-East Asia and investment trade promotion policies. More recently she has earned an LLB degree and completed a course in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.

Sukhgeet carried out a survey across villages of Punjab State in India and it can be found on our Twitter.

Darragh McLaughlin

PhD student, Faculty of Economics

Email
[email protected]

Supervisor
Dr Kamiar Mohaddes

Research interest
Macroeconomics of climate change; economics of biodiversity and ecosystem services; transition dynamics and climate risks.

Biography
Darragh McLaughlin is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Economics. Darragh’s research interests spans topics such as environmental economics and the macroeconomics of climate change to climate risks and the economics of biodiversity and ecosystems services. Prior to the PhD, Darragh worked as an associate economist at the Central Bank of Ireland working primarily on inflation modelling and analysis. Darragh obtained an MSc in Economics at the University of Edinburgh and a BSc in Economics and Finance at University College Dublin.

Daniel Navia

PhD student, Department of Land Economy

Email
[email protected]

Supervisor
Professor Laura Diaz Anadon

Research topic
Interactions between the financial system and the energy sector

Research interests
Energy investments, energy innovation, energy policy.

Biography
Daniel is a PhD student at the University of Cambridge, Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG), Department of Land Economy. His research focuses on the interactions between the financial system and the energy sector, and particularly on the impact of financial institutions on the pace of technological innovation in energy. He is supervised by Professor Laura Diaz Anadon.

 

Daniel has held several positions in Spain’s official sector, including at the Ministry of Energy, where he was directly involved in the design and implementation of energy policy from 2016 to 2018. He has also worked in the banking sector, more recently leading the design of financial products aimed at energy efficiency, renewable power and CO2 emissions offsetting. He holds a Master in Economics and Finance from CEMFI and a Degree in Economics from Universidad Carlos III in Madrid.

Henri van Soest

PhD student, Department of Land Economy

Email
[email protected]

Supervisor
Professor David Howarth

Research topic
The regulation of cyber security in the electricity system

Research interests
Energy policy, energy law, systems theory, information law.

Biography
Henri is a PhD candidate at the Department of Land Economy. His research deals with the regulation of cyber security and cyber threats in the electricity system. He holds a bachelor’s degree in law from the KU Leuven (Belgium), and a double degree master’s degree in law from the KU Leuven (Belgium) and the University of Zürich (Switzerland). Before starting his PhD, Henri worked as a researcher at the University of Oslo, where he worked on the legal framework for prosumers in the European Union.

Alessa Widmaier

PhD student, Department of Economics

Email
[email protected]

Supervisor
Dr Kamiar Mohaddes

Research topic
Economics of biodiversity and the environment

Biography
Alessa is a PhD student at the Faculty of Economics under the supervision of Dr Kamiar Mohaddes. Her research analyses the economic costs of biodiversity depletion, deforestation, and climate change. She holds an MPhil in Economic Research from the University of Cambridge and an MA in Economics from the University of Aberdeen. Prior to starting her PhD, Alessa worked as a Senior Economist in consulting, focusing on sustainability, natural resources, and biodiversity.

Hanzhe Xing

PhD student, Department of Engineering

Email
[email protected]

Supervisors
Professor Stuart Scott and Professor John Miles

Research interests
Power system modelling, energy system modelling, energy storage scheduling,  and electricity planning.

Biography
Hanzhe is looking at designing energy system model with high temporal, spatial and technical resolution and use it to find the optimal energy flexibility solution including energy storage, interconnection and low-carbon generation for the system. He is currently working on designing mechanisms to dispatch different energy flexibility providers for power system and expanding this research to the whole energy sector by analysing hydrogen in the future energy sector. The goal is to quantify the energy flexibility gap, choose proper technologies and improve dispatching mechanisms for the future power system.

Henning Zschietzschmann

PhD student, Faculty of Economics

Email
[email protected]

Supervisor
Dr Kamiar Mohaddes

Research interests
Macroeconomics; climate and environmental economics; transition dynamics and climate policy.

Biography
Henning Zschietzschmann is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Economics. Henning’s research interests span topics on environmental economics, macroeconomic development, spatial economics and optimal policy responses to intensifying climate change and environmental disasters. Prior to the PhD, Henning worked as a sustainability strategy consultant for hard-to-abate industries and carbon markets. Henning obtained an MPhil in Economics at the University of Cambridge and an undergraduate degree in Economics and Management at the University of Oxford.

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Previous PhD students at the Energy Policy Research Group

NameYearsResearch topicSupervisor(s)
Thea Jung2019-2023A systems perspective to sectoral sustainability transitions: empirical analyses of decarbonisation processes in the cement industryLaura Diaz Anadon and Jorge Viñuales
Lukas Gast2019-2023The potential contribution of industrial symbiosis to greenhouse gas emissions mitigationJulian Allwood
Sukhgeet Kaur2019-2022Unlocking energy-water nexus and incentivising energy-saving behaviour in Indian agriculture: discrete choice approachMichael Pollitt
Zeina Hasna2017-2022Essays in macroeconomics and climate change mitigationTiago Cavalcanti and Kamiar Mohaddes
Ramit Debnath2019-2021Invisible drivers of energy demand in povertyMinna Sunikka-Blank
Wei Zhou2017-2021Policy instruments to decarbonise buildingsAlice Moncaster and David Reiner
Jieyi Kang2016-2021Assessing the impacts of residential electricity reforms in China on consumers using data mining approachesDavid Reiner
Eoghan O’Neill2017-2020Essays on tree-based methods for prediction and causal inferenceMelvyn Weeks
Bowei Guo2017-2020The British energy market reform: carbon prices, retail tariffs, and cost pass-throughMelvyn Weeks
Geoffroy Dolphin2015-2020Strategies for climate change mitigation: policy and technological considerationsMichael Pollitt
Chung-Hun Yang2017-2019FDI in the energy sector and transnational environmental contractsJorge Vinuales
Peter Levy2015-2018Uncertainty in levelised cost estimates for electricity generationJonathan Cullen
Felix Grey2015-2017Corporate lobbying for environmental protectionToke Aidt
Yusuf O Ali2015-2017Electricity supply policies for Nigeria: encouraging strategic planning and technology leapfroggingJohn Miles
Tae-Hoon Kim2015-2017The politics of power generation and fuel in the UK, 1961-1989Martin Daunton
Rosemary Ostfeld2014-2017Biomass resource availability for biofuel productionDavid Howarth and David Reiner
Laura-Lucia Richter2012-2015Econometric analysis of consumer preferences in the context of the integration of microgeneration and smart grid technologies into the electricity systemMichael Pollitt
Musiliu Oseni2011-2015Essays on self-generation and payments for quality of service in electricity marketsMichael Pollitt
Claire Weiller2010-2015Business model innovation in an emerging ecosystem: electric vehicle diffusionMichael Pollitt
Jim Krane2010-2013Stability versus Sustainability: energy policy in the Gulf monarchiesDavid Reiner and Pierre Noël
Aoife Brophy Haney2009-2012Analysis of corporate energy and climate policiesMichael Pollitt
Philipp-Bastian Brutscher2009-2012The energy use of low-income householdsDavid Newbery
Nadezda Chernenko2009-2012Essays on the Russian electricity industryDavid Newbery
Scott Kelly2009-2011Modelling energy demand in the UKMichael Pollitt
Philipp Koenig2009-2014Price interdependence in Northwest European natural gas marketsDavid Newbery
Erkan Erdogdu2009-2012International evidence on electricity reformMichael Pollitt
Christian Winzer2008-2012Defining, measuring and regulating energy securityDaniel Ralph
Raphael Heffron2008-2011Policy for new-build nuclear power stations in the EU and the USWilliam Nuttall
Elcin Akcura2007-2010Evaluating alternative methods for preference elicitation with application to electricity and water sectorsDavid Reiner
Karim Anaya2007-2010Evaluation of electricity reform in PeruMichael Pollitt
Jin Hooi Chan2007-2010Evolution of biofuel value chain governance and government policy: the cases of China, Thailand, the Philippines and VietnamDavid Reiner
Rutger-Jan Lange2007-2010Energy markets and carbon emissionsDaniel Ralph
Chi Kong Chyong2007-2011Russia’s strategic natural gas export policy: the case of GAZPROM’s “bypass” pipelinesDavid Reiner and Pierre Noël
Aurelie Mejean2006-2009Alternative fuels for transport: the potential of non-conventional oil and biofuelsChris Hope and Michael Grubb
Thomas Triebs2006-2010Environmental efficiency of electric utilitiesMichael Pollitt
Vlad Parail2006-2010Evaluation of market-based investment in electricity transmission infrastructureDavid Newbery
Tao Zhang2006-2010Agent-based simulation of energy trendsWilliam Nuttall
Xi Liang2006-2009Financing lower carbon electricity in China and financing capture ready: issuing a tradeable capture optionDavid Reiner
Christian Wolf2005-2008Efficiency of state-owned oil companiesMichael Pollitt
William Yu2004-2008Security of supply in electricity systemsMichael Pollitt
Hongliang Yang2004-2007Eco-efficiency of Chinese electric power plantsMichael Pollitt
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