Professor Peter Taylor


Peter Taylor has over twenty-five years of experience working on a wide range of energy and climate change issues. He is currently Professor of Sustainable Energy Systems in the Centre for Integrated Energy Research, a joint venture between the faculties of Engineering and Environment and a Co-Director of Energy Leeds. He is also a member of a number of large research centres including the UK Energy Research Centre, the Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions, the Supergen Energy Networks Hub and the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy.

Peter’s research is interdisciplinary, combining science, technology, economics and policy to enhance the understanding of, and policy responses to, the challenges of accelerating the transition to sustainable low-carbon energy systems. His main areas of expertise include energy systems modelling, technology assessment and technology policy analysis and his research has been funded by the EPSRC, ESRC, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, European Commission, Centre for Low Carbon Futures, Chesshire-Lehman Fund, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Worldwide Universities Network.

Prior to joining the University of Leeds, Peter was Head of the Energy Technology Policy Division at the International Energy Agency in Paris from 2007 to 2011, responsible for high profile publications such as the Energy Technology Perspectives and the Energy Technology Roadmap series. In an earlier consultancy career, he was Technical Director of a major UK energy and environmental practice.

Peter graduated from the University of Nottingham in 1990 with a BSc in Physics, Applied Physics and Electronics and subsequently gained both an MSc in Environmental Technology (1991) and a PhD in Energy Policy (1995) from Imperial College, London.


  • Co-Director of Energy Leeds
  • Member of the Management Group of the Priestley International Centre for Climate

Research interests

Current research projects include:

UK Energy Research Centre (co-I)

Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions (co-I)

Supergen Energy Networks Hub (co-I)

Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (co-I)

Creating Resilient Sustainable Microgrids through Hybrid Renewable Energy Systems (co-I)


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Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Energy Institute

Student education

Teaching energy and climate related topics on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the School of Earth and Environment and the School of Chemical and Process Engineering.

Research groups and institutes

  • Energy and Climate Change Mitigation
  • Economics and Policy for Sustainability
  • Sustainability Research Institute
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