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PhD Researcher, University of Exeter

After gaining a first class undergraduate degree from the University of Exeter in 2009, Richard decided to further his studies and completed an MSc in Energy Policy the following year.
Soon after completing this, Richard took on a policy analysis role with SSE, the UK’s second largest energy company focusing on energy efficiency and heat policy. This role lasted only a short time as Richard was moved to SSE’s sister company Scotia Gas Networks to lead thinking on Government policy and the future of the network as well as to manage Government relations.
During this time, Richard was awarded the Institute of Gas Engineers and Managers ‘Young Person’s Achievement Award’ and also sat on a number of Government working groups including the Anaerobic Digestion Strategy and Action Plan work group. As well as being involved with policy around the future of the gas network and Government heat strategy, Richard has been heavily involved with the development of regulation and policy around the injection of biogas into the UK’s gas grid.
Richard has now returned to academia to work towards a PhD where he plans to focus on issues around future regulation of the gas market and gas infrastructure in the UK in an increasingly low-carbon energy system.

Broad research specialisms:
Energy policy,
heat strategy,
renewable heat support policies,
network regulatory models,
infrastructure transitions

BSc (Hons) Geography and Environmental Management,
MSc Energy Policy and Sustainability


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    PhD Researcher, University of Exeter