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Professor of Climate Change and Energy, The Open University

Stephen is Professor of Climate Change and Energy 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 latest popular science book is in the Pocket Einstein Series, 10 Short Lessons in Renewable Energy (2021).

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


  • 2020–present
    Chair professor, The Open University
  • 2000–2020
    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