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Dr Paul Dodds
Central House
14 Upper Woburn Place
Tel: 0203 108 9071/59071
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources
  • Faculty of the Built Environment

Paul Dodds is a Senior Lecturer in Energy Systems in the UCL Energy Institute and the Institute for Sustainable Resources. He specialises in energy systems modelling and has particular interest in the applications of models to hydrogen and bioenergy.

He has recently been developing a new energy systems model, UKTM-UCL, to replace the UK MARKAL model. UK MARKAL has contributed to UK energy policy over the last 10 years and it is likely that UKTM-UCL will be used by the Department of Energy and Climate Change to provide evidence for the forthcoming fifth carbon budget.

Paul has published papers on the design of energy system models, on hydrogen and on the future of the UK gas networks. He has recently formalised a theoretical approach to analysing the evolution of energy system models using "model archaeology", and this will be examined in a forthcoming journal paper.

Paul has a comprehensive knowledge of climate change issues from climate science, adaptation and mitigation perspectives. During his PhD at the University of Leeds, he developed a new crop model for adaptation research and created the most detailed long-term meteorological datasets for West Africa in existence. This work included fieldwork in Africa and six months working at the CIRAD research centre in Montpellier, France. He previously worked at CSIRO in Adelaide on irrigation issues in Australia. From an energy perspective, his previous positions include working as a Research Fellow at the UK Parliament, where he examined the transition to a low carbon economy in the UK, and working on safety and economic issues in the nuclear industry.

Paul supervises five PhD students. He also supervises Masters student theses and gives seminars to the MSc in Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment.

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Research Summary

Paul's principle research interests lie in the interactions between society and the environment, with a particular focus on energy and food.

He has coordinated the development of a new UK energy system model, UKTM-UCL, that will replace the UK MARKAL model. UK MARKAL has profoundly influenced UK climate policy over the last few years and UKTM-UCL is expected to have a similar impact. As part of the model development process, Paul has made several methodological contributions towards improving the design of energy system models. He has formalised a theoretical approach to analysing the evolution of energy system models using "model archaeology" and has published papers comparing approaches for representing the transport and residential sectors.

Paul has made several recent contributions to our understanding of socioeconomic challenges for hydrogen and fuel cell technologies:

  • Examining the potential for different powertrains to revolutionise the transport sector.
  • Lead editor on a White Paper that assesses the potential for hydrogen and fuel cells to contribute to secure, low-carbon heating, which was published in May 2014.

He has been at the forefront of efforts to identify future scenarios for the UK gas networks as an important policy and research issue for the UK. He has published two papers on the future of the networks and he organised a 2-day workshop in 2013 that brought together government, industry and academia to identify issues and opportunities for the gas networks.

Paul's doctoral work focused on climate change and agriculture in Senegal. He characterised the effects of climate variability and change on the livelihoods of rural farmers and examined how agricultural adaptation could reduce climatic impacts. He created a new crop model to examine agricultural adaptation to climate change and specifically rainfall variability. This work built on his previous work on rainfall and evapotranspiration in the Murray-Darling basin in Australia.

Paul has continued these interests at UCL by creating a new and greatly improved meteorological record for West Africa. He also supervises a PhD student that has adopted weather data and software to examine the impacts of weather on electricity supply and demand in the UK.

Teaching Summary

Paul is the primary supervisor for two PhD students and the secondary supervisor for another three PhD students at UCL.  He also supervises MSc student theses and give seminars to the MSc in Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment.

FEB-2015 Lecturer in Energy Systems   University College London, United Kingdom
MAR-2014 – JAN-2015 Senior Research Associate UCL Energy Institute UCL, United Kingdom
MAR-2011 – FEB-2014 Research Associate UCL Energy Institute UCL, United Kingdom
SEP-2008 – DEC-2008 Research Fellow Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology UK Parliament, United Kingdom
JUN-2008 – JUN-2009 Visiting Researcher UMR CIRAD, France
OCT-2005 – MAR-2010 PhD researcher School of Earth and Environment University of Leeds, United Kingdom
JAN-2005 – APR-2005 Research Assistant Land and Water CSIRO, Australia
OCT-2000 – DEC-2004 Nuclear Analyst Reactor Analysis BNFL Magnox Generation, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2010 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Environmental Physics University of Leeds
2000 MSci (Hons) Master of Natural Science (Honours) – Physics University of Nottingham
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