Jim Skea


Jim Skea is currently Research Councils UK Energy Strategy Fellow. The Fellowship was established in 2012 in response to recommendations from the International Review of Energy Research undertaken by the Research Councils in 2010. There are two roles: the synthesis of a Prospectus to explore research, skills and training needs across the energy landscape; and a related research programme focusing on the effectiveness of systems of energy innovation internationally. The Prospectus was launched in November 2013. Jim is supported by a small team based at the Centre for Environmental Policy. The team members are Dr Aidan Rhodes, Dr Matthew Hannon and Iris Kammerer.

Until June 2012, Jim was Research Director of the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC). He led the UKERC Phase I Energy 2050 project which led to publication of the book Energy 2050: Making the transition to a secure low-carbon energy system. He has also published recently on the impact of intermittent renewables on electricity generation, security of gas supply and UK, Japanese and German reposnses to the Fukushima accident.

Jim has particular research interests in energy, climate change and technological innovation. He has always worked in interdisplinary settings and has previously been Director of the Policy Studies Institute, Director of the Economic and Social Research Council's Global Environmental Change Programme, Professorial Fellow at the Science Policy Research Unit, Sussex University and Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie-Mellon University. He was appointed Professor of Sustainable Energy at Imperial College London in 2009.

Jim has strong links to policy processes. He is a founding member of the UK's Committee on Climate Change and is Vice-Chair of Working Group III (Mitigation) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In the past, he was a member of the Commission on Environmental Markets and Economic Performance and acted as Launch Director for the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership.

He is Vice-President of the Energy Institute and a member of the Advisory Board of the Scott Institute for Energy Innovation,Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh.

He was awarded an OBE for services to sustainable transport in 2004 and a CBE for services to sustainable energy in 2013.