Catalina Spataru

Lecturer in Energy Systems and Networks, UCL

Dr. Catalina Spataru is a Lecturer in Energy Systems and Networks at UCL Energy Institute, London, UK. Her research interests are in the integration of renewable energy sources, whole energy system, reliability of the networks for energy security and flexibility towards a smart-super grid, prevention of blackouts, implications of resource nexus (energy-water) as a result of climate change.

Catalina has extensive technical knowledge of energy systems and networks, having worked as a senior researcher and consultant, being involved in academic interdisciplinary research projects funded by EPSRC, RCUK, EC, ETI, industry in small and large consortia and working directly with academics and industry leaders within Europe and USA.

She has been leading projects on blackouts prevention and solutions; energy networks and policy design; future energy landscape in Europe on the route Russia-Ukraine-EU etc, collaborating with experts from different disciplines.

She proposed, developed and teaches the module Smart Energy Systems, a multidisciplinary module which provides MSc students at UCL with an understanding of methods, concepts and practice. She was a research visitor at MIT, USA working on reliability of coupling energy networks in Europe.

She is part of the Smart Cities and Communities Platform, an initiative of the European Commission. Catalina contributed to the European Commission, JRC Scientific and Policy Reports - Global Systems Science and Energy Systems Orientation paper; to World Energy Council – Energy Scenarios Composing Energy futures to 2050 published in 2013. She is the Regional Representative for Europe for IEEE Power & Energy Society Women in Power.


  • 2015–present
    Lecturer in Energy Systems and Networks, University College London
  • 2010–2015
    Senior Researcher in Smart Grids and Energy Networks, University College London