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Senior Lecturer, The Open University

Stephen is a Senior Lecturer at the Open University. He is also a Senior Associate at Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and a Fellow of the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. He is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and editor and author of the best-selling 4th edition of the globally adopted textbook on Renewable Energy: Power for Sustainable Future published by Oxford University Press (2017).

His current research has two strands: global energy and climate change scenario analysis; and the role of Arts-based learning in business and sustainability leadership. In 2017, his climate science show at the Edinburgh Fringe received three 3* reviews and he was nominated for the Fringe Sustainability Award. In 2019 began to tour with a new science show on Imaginary Energy, starting with the Northern Ireland Science Festival. Originally a physicist, he is an enthusiastic teacher, researcher, consultant and facilitator with over 25 years’ professional experience as a Fellow of the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London (including a period with Shell International Petroleum Company); as an analyst at the International Energy Agency, within the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris; and as an official with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bonn, Germany. Stephen is a keen yachtsman and races out of Falmouth, UK whenever he gets the chance.


External engagement:
Senior Associate, Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership
Fellow in Economics and Policy, Cambridge University Judge Business School
Independent Expert, Advertising Standards Authority


  • 2000–present
    Senior lecturer, The Open University
  • 1998–2000
    Programme Officer, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Secretariat
  • 1995–1997
    Policy Analyst , The International Energy Agency
  • 1993–1995
    Research fellow, Royal Institute of International Affairs


  • 1993 
    University of Cambridge, PhD Management and Engineering

Professional Memberships

  • Principal Fellow, HEA