About us

The UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) carries out world-class research into sustainable future energy systems. UKERC acts a focal point for UK energy research and a gateway between the UK and the international energy research communities. Our interdisciplinary, whole systems research informs UK policy development and strategies of public, private and third sector organisations.

UKERC is funded by The Research Councils UK Energy Programme. UKERC reports to a Funders Group convened by the Research Councils, and is advised by an independent Advisory Board. Find out more about UKERC Governance.


UKERC carries out world-class research into sustainable future energy systems. Our current research focusses on the increasingly contested and uncertain nature of energy system change; this includes a core research programme and a flexible Research Fund.UKERC's core research programme focuses on six research themes:

Cohesion, Learning & Skills

UKERC is committed to promoting cohesion in UK energy research; fostering and nurturing new talent; and up-skilling energy professionals. To these ends, we offer:
  • Career Roundtables aimed at current students and early career professionals to help them develop fulfilling careers across the energy sector.
  • International Energy Summer School.
  • Networking events, small-group meetings and conferences around the UK.
  • Regular site visits to UK energy research institutions to assess capacity and needs on the ground.
  • Studentships - UKERC’s interdisciplinary research studentships have funded over 30 students at UK universities for interdisciplinary energy research across scientific, engineering and socio-economic boundaries.
  • UKERC Network - a resource for anyone interested in the UK energy sector to find, and contribute, insight on the main activities and trends in UK energy research. The resource is offered as a website and weekly newsletter.

UKERC delivers this programme in collaboration with partner institutions and also offers a small fund to seed activities around the UK.

Energy Data Centre

The Energy Data Centre (EDC), based at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, is an outward-facing service for the UK energy research community, directing interested parties to publicly available energy and related data. The EDC delivers the Research Atlas as the definitive information resource for current and past UK energy research and development activity.

International Representation

UKERC participates and leads energy research activities internationally as part of its mission to act as a bridge between the UK energy research community and the wider world. UKERC is a founding member of the Low Carbon Societies Research Network (LCS-RNet) and the official representative for the UK in the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) Joint Programmes.

For a more detailed overview of UKERC and an introduction to our international activities, download the UKERC Presentation.