About the UK Energy Research Centre

The UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) carries out world-class research into sustainable future energy systems. It is the hub of UK energy research and the gateway between the UK and the international energy research communities. Our interdisciplinary, whole systems research informs UK policy development and research strategy.

UKERC is funded by The Research Councils' UK Energy Programme.

UKERC reports to a Supervisory Board and is advised by an independent Advisory Board. A Research Committee manages UKERC's Research Fund and is a sub-Committee of the Advisory Board. Find out more about UKERC Governance.


The Centre was established in 2004, following a recommendation from the 2002 Energy Review initiated by Sir David King, the UK Government's Chief Scientific Advisor.

Learn more about the history of the UK Energy Research Centre.


UKERC's 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:

  • Theme 1: Future energy system pathways
  • Theme 2: Resources & vectors
  • Theme 3: Energy systems at multiple scales
  • Theme 4: Energy, economy & societal preferences
  • Theme 5: Decision-making
  • Theme 6: Technology & policy assessment

All UKERC publications and articles can be accessed via our online Publications Catalogue.


The National Energy Research Network (NERN) is open to all energy researchers and other sectors, including business. It provides regular updates on news, jobs, events, opportunities and developments across the energy field in the form of a popular weekly newsletter.

UKERC’s Research Atlas is the definitive information resource for current and past UK energy research and development activity. 

The Energy Data Centre is an outward-facing service for the UK energy research community, directing interested parties to publicly available energy and related data.

Learning & Skills

UKERC’s interdisciplinary research studentships have funded over 30 students at UK universities for interdisciplinary energy research across scientific, engineering and socio-economic boundaries.

Our prestigious and heavily oversubscribed annual International Summer School, has become a highlight of the energy calendar.

UKERC is committed to fostering and nurturing new talent, and hosts Sparks, a networking group set up for, and run by, early-career energy researchers. 

Inputs to Policy

UKERC responds to a number of government consultations and inquiries every year, and appears before Select Committees in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Our responses are evidence based and unbiased.

We are also a member of, and regularly attend, a number of energy-related All Party Parliamentary Groups.


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 the official representative for the UK in the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) Joint Programmes and is also a founding member of the Low Carbon Societies Research Network (LCS-RNet).

UKERC Executive Director Prof John Loughhead is currently the UK’s Focal Point contact for China in the area of energy and renewables until January 2015.

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