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  • Senior Post Graduate Teaching Assistant
  • Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources
  • Faculty of the Built Environment
Leonhard is a doctoral researcher at the UCL Energy Institute. Prior to joining UCL in 2018, he completed a M.Sc. in Energy and Process Engineering and a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering, both at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). He has previously worked in different roles as a research assistant at the Technical University of Munich and was involved in research projects at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology and the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. His research interest focuses on just transitions, as well as energy system modelling and its role in governing the transition to a sustainable and equitable energy system. He is participant in the Open Energy Modelling Initiative, which promotes transparency and openness in energy system modelling.
Research Summary

PhD Project: Navigating the energy transition is a unique governance challenge involving a plethora of different actors on different scales. Subnational actors in particular are increasingly seen as playing an important role in facilitating sustainable energy transitions. This calls for a shared understanding of decarbonization strategies to ensure local, regional, and national efforts are aligned and mutually reinforcing.

This thesis is to support this multi-scale governance by developing and implementing multi-scale energy modelling approaches and exploring scenario pathways spanning local to national scale. Scenario pathways are a well-established way to shape thinking about the future energy system and to inform energy planning and policy-making. The work complements other local and national models by providing pathways consistent across scales and, thus, the means to help shape coordination and common thinking on decarbonization strategies across scales. As an example, the work considers the UK heat sector.

Teaching Summary
Leonhard is Senior Postgraduate Teaching Assistant at the Bartlett School for Environment, Energy and Resources. In this role, he has been supporting teaching activities in the modules Introduction to Modelling Methods and Scenarios (BENV0012) and Advanced Energy-Environment-Economy Modelling (BENV0014), as well as leading pre-courses for the module Econometrics for Energy and the Environment (BENV0018). He is also tutor with The Brilliant Club and has delivered outreach courses in school under its Scholar Programme. Previously, Leonhard has also worked on the development of a MOOC at the Technical University of Munich.
Academic Background
2018   Master of Science Technische Universitat Munchen
2014   Bachelor of Science Technische Universitat Munchen
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