Here is current research at Oxford relevant to the COP26 Energy transitions theme. To see what other areas of climate research Oxford academics are working on, have a look at our People page >>

Post-Carbon Transition

Led by Prof Doyne Farmer and Prof Cameron Hepburn, this programme brings together methods and insights from complex systems science, history, geography, social psychology and philosophy to guide structural transformation of a number of economic sectors. More information on Post-Carbon Transition>>.

Integrating Renewable Energy

Prof Nick Eyre and Prof Malcolm McCulloch lead this Oxford Martin Programme, aiming to deliver a framework for understanding technical, market and policy requirements for integrating renewables across a wide range of scales, resource types and contexts. More information on Integrating Renewable Energy >>.

Multi-scale Infrastructure Systems Analytics

Prof Jim Hall led the development of the National Infrastructure Systems Model (NISMOD), world’s first infrastructure planning tool which integrates separate information about key infrastructure sectors:  energy, transport, water, waste water, solid waste, and digital communications. It is now being used to build sustainability into infrastructure projects, allowing decision-makers to predict how new policies, or major projects in one system might affect all the other interconnected systems. More information on NISMOD >>.  

National Energy Storage Strategy

Prof Peter Bruce leads the SUPERGEN project which is setting and delivering the UK’s energy storage research strategy. This partnership of seven UK universities and fourteen industry and government partners to deliver the first integrated national energy storage roadmap, taking scientific and technological research and production from prototype to scale. More information on SUPERGEN project >> .

Energy Demand Solutions

Prof Nick Eyre is the Director of the Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS). CREDS works with researchers, businesses and policymakers develop better understanding of the changes in energy demand needed for the transition to a secure and affordable, low carbon energy system. CREDS works on a number of dimensions of energy demand, from the decarbonisation of heat to the digital society. More information on CREDS >>.

Future of Cooling

Dr Radhika Khosla is the Research Director of the Oxford-India Centre for Sustainable Development and Lead Research on the Future of Cooling. This programme focuses on the energy demand driven by space cooling, examining: transitioning technologies and cooling cultures and behaviours that determine energy demand; the implications of severe heat for morbidity and the potential to mitigate negative health effects; and mapping unaccounted-for impacts of the global cooling production network, including refrigerant gases. Learn more about the Future of Cooling research >>.

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