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Dr Bridget Woodman

Dr Bridget Woodman

Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director of Energy Policy Group

 Tremough House MG01A

 

Tremough House, University of Exeter,  Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK

Overview

Bridget Woodman is the Deputy Director of the Energy Policy Group in the School of Geography, University of Exeter. Previously she worked at Warwick Business School as a UKERC Research Fellow in its Infrastructure and Supply theme. Prior to that she undertook her DPhil on Renewables and Distributed Generation at SPRU, University of Sussex. The majority of Dr Woodman’s work is focused on the policy and regulatory aspects of a transition to sustainable energy systems and her publications reflect this area she has developed. She currently sits on the Board of Trustees for Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change. Bridget has been involved in engaging with a wide range of stakeholders, including companies, communities and individuals on both climate and energy related issues. Bridget has provided advice, reporting and consultation on energy issues for Green Alliance, European Commission, DTI, BERR and Greenpeace.  Bridget has a strong focus on policy and regulatory aspects of delivering sustainable energy systems from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Broad research specialisms:

Bridget’s research interests have a strong focus on the policy and economic regulatory aspects of delivering sustainable energy systems from a multidisciplinary perspective.

At the moment, policy making for sustainable energy in the UK appears to be incremental, and made up of small adjustments in approach or individual policies within stable institutional settings. Energy systems - electricity, heat and transport - are currently dealt with separately in policy making processes, meaning that areas with system synergies – such as the integration of heat and electricity production, or the exploitation of electricity for transport – are either neglected relative to simple ‘single system’ policy measures, or are not addressed at all.  As a result, the current design of policy for sustainable energy options in the UK tends to neglect the full range of carbon and security advantages that they could offer.

The new energy system context shaped by climate change and other policy requirements suggests that incremental, path dependent decision making will not be an adequate response to the need for rapid change, and that increasing pressure both within and outside energy systems could lead to a more fundamental shift in the development and implementation of policy for sustainable energy systems within a new set of institutions. This is the central area that Bridget focuses on.

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Research

Research interests

Bridget is currently undertaking research on:

  1. Analysing economic regulatory reform for a sustainable energy system. Both on her own and together with Phil Baker, she is exploring the most appropriate electricity market structure for an energy system with high loads and variable power.
  2. Exploring new business modules and new customer business relationships to enable a greater reduction in energy demand.

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Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Lowes RJ, Woodman B (2018). Incumbency and the transformation towards low carbon heating in the UK – Implications for policy. Full text.
Lowes RJ, Woodman B (2018). Incumbency in the UK heat sector and implications for the transformation towards low-carbon heating.  Full text.
Bray R, Woodman B, Connor P (2018). Policy and regulatory barriers to local energy markets in Great Britain.  Abstract.  Full text.
Woodman B, ragwitz M, ordonez J, Mitchell C (2017). Economic and Non-Economic Barriers and Drivers for the Uptake of Renewables.  Abstract.  Full text.
Fitch-Roy O, Woodman B (2016). Auctions for Renewable Energy Support in the United Kingdom: instruments and lessons learnt.
Woodman B, Mitchell C (2011). Learning from experience? the development of the Renewables Obligation in England and Wales 2002-2010. ENERG POLICY, 39(7), 3914-3921. Abstract.

Publications by category


Books

Mitchell C, Woodman B (2004). The Burning Question., ippr.

Journal articles

Fudge S, Peters M, Woodman B (2016). Local authorities as niche actors: the case of energy governance in the UK. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 18, 1-17.
Britton J, Woodman B (2014). Local Enterprise Partnerships and the low-carbon economy: Front runners, uncertainty and divergence. Local Economy, 29(6-7), 617-634. Full text.
Woodman B, Mitchell C (2011). Learning from experience? the development of the Renewables Obligation in England and Wales 2002-2010. ENERG POLICY, 39(7), 3914-3921. Abstract.
Mitchell C, Woodman B (2010). Towards trust in Regulation - Moving to a Public Value Regulation. Energy Policy, 38, 2644-2651.
Staffell I, Baker P, Barton J, Bergman N, Blanchard R, Brandon N, Brett D, Hawkes A, Infield D, Jardine C, et al (2010). UK microgeneration Part II: technology overviews. Proceedings of the ICE - Energy, 163(4), 1751-4223. Abstract.
Bergman N, Hawkes A, Brett D, Baker P, Barton J, Blanchard R, Brandon N, Infield D, Jardin C, Leach M, et al (2009). UK microgeneration. Part I: policy and behavioural aspects. Proceedings of the ICE - Energy, 162(1), 23-36. Abstract.
Woodman B, Baker P (2008). Regulatory frameworks for decentralised energy. ENERG POLICY, 36(12), 4527-4531. Abstract.

Chapters

Mitchell C, Woodman B (2010). Regulation and sustainable energy systems. In baldwin R, Cave M, Lodge M (Eds.) Oxford Handbook of Regulation, Oxford University Press, 572-589.
Mitchell C, Woodman B, Aldridge J (2010). The development of renewable energy policy in the UK. In  (Ed) EU ENERGY LAW, Renewable energy in the European Union, Part II, National Renewable Energy Support schemes and policies, Claeys & Casteels BVBA publishing house.
Mitchell C, Woodman B (2007). Risk, Economics and Nuclear Power. In Elliot D (Ed) Nuclear Or Not? Does Nuclear Power Have a Place in a Sustainable Energy Future, Palgrave, 149-168.

Conferences

Woodman B (In Press). Developing the UK energy market: overview and assessment. Westminster Energy, Environment and Transport Forum.
Woodman B, Fitch-Roy O (2016). Renewable energy auctions: best practice design elements. CA-RES II Plenary.

Reports

Lowes RJ, Woodman B (2018). Incumbency and the transformation towards low carbon heating in the UK – Implications for policy. Full text.
Fitch-Roy OWF, Woodman B (2017). Auctions for renewable energy support - Taming the beast of competitive bidding. Horizon 2020.  Abstract.  Author URL.
Fitch-Roy O, Woodman B (2016). Auctions for Renewable Energy Support in the United Kingdom: instruments and lessons learnt.
Wigan F, forster S, Amazo A, Tiedemann S, Del Rio P, Fitch-Roy O, Woodman B, Kitzing L, Noothout P, Osenlund Soysal E, et al (2016). Auctions for Renewable Energy Support: lessons learnt from international experiences.
del Rio P, Fitch-Roy OWF, Woodman B (2016). Identification of alternative policy options to auctions for RES-E support. EU Horizon 2020.  Abstract.
Kitzing L, Islam M, Rosenlund Soysal E, Held A, Ragwitz M, Winkler J, Steinhilber S, del Rio P, Wigand F, Tiedemann S, et al (2016). Recommendations on the role of auctions in a new renewable energy directive. Abstract.
Woodman B (2015). A Brighter, More Secure Future: Low Carbon Priorities for the New Government. Aldersgate Group,  London, Aldersgate Group.
Del Rio P, Steinhilber S, Wigan, F, Kitzing L, fitch-roy O, Woodman B (2015). Assessment Criteria for RES-E auctions. AURES.
Del Rio P, Haufe M, Wigan F, Steinhilber S, Kitzing L, Fitch-Roy O, Woodman B (2015). Overview of Design Elements for RES-E auctions.
Baker PE, Mitchell CHC, Woodman B (2011). Project TransmiT: Academic Review of Transmission Charging Arrangements. Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (OFGEM), Univerisity of Exeter. Author URL.
Hoggett R, Mitchell CHC, Woodman B, Baker PE (2011). The Key Energy Policy Issues for Energy Security in the UK: Summary Report. Energy Policy Group, Univerisity of Exeter. Author URL.
Baker P, Chaudry M, Mitchell C, Woodman B, Jenkins N, Strbac G, Hardy J (2010). UKERC Response to the PRASEG inquiry, Renewables and the Grid: Access & Management.  Author URL.
Mitchell C, Baker P, Woodman B (2009). The Extent to Which Economic Regulation Enables the Transition to a Sustainable Electricity System. UKERC, UKERC.
Woodman B (2008). Connecting the Future: the UK's Renewable Energy Strategy., Greenpeace UK.
Mitchell C, Woodman B (2006). New Nuclear Power - implications for a sustainable energy system., Green Alliance.
Froggatt A, Woodman B, Mitchell C (2005). Current status of UK offshore wind. European Commission FAVORES project.

Internet publications

Woodman B (2016). Hinkley Point C delay: How to exploit this attack of common sense in energy policy.
Woodman B (2015). Climate Change is at the heart of the UK Anti-Fracking Movement. Web link.
Woodman B (2015). Contribution to the Aldersgate Group report on energy priorities for the New Government. Web link.
Woodman B (2015). Energy Companies’ Loyalty Problem Lights the Way Forward. Web link.
Woodman B (2015). Last Past the Post: UK Nuclear, Whatever the Evidence. Web link.
Woodman B (2015). rudd's magic money tree risks undermining investments in a low carbon economy. Web link.

Publications by year


In Press

Woodman B (In Press). Developing the UK energy market: overview and assessment. Westminster Energy, Environment and Transport Forum.

2018

Lowes RJ, Woodman B (2018). A Transformation to Sustainable Heating in the UK: risks and opportunities for UK heat sector businesses.  Full text.
Lowes RJ, Woodman B (2018). Incumbency and the transformation towards low carbon heating in the UK – Implications for policy. Full text.
Lowes RJ, Woodman B (2018). Incumbency in the UK heat sector and implications for the transformation towards low-carbon heating.  Full text.
Bray R, Woodman B, Connor P (2018). Policy and regulatory barriers to local energy markets in Great Britain.  Abstract.  Full text.

2017

Fitch-Roy OWF, Woodman B (2017). Auctions for renewable energy support - Taming the beast of competitive bidding. Horizon 2020.  Abstract.  Author URL.
Lowes RL, Woodman B, Fitch-Roy O (2017). Defining incumbency: considering the UK heat sector.  Abstract.  Full text.
Woodman B, ragwitz M, ordonez J, Mitchell C (2017). Economic and Non-Economic Barriers and Drivers for the Uptake of Renewables.  Abstract.  Full text.
Mitchell CHC, Hoggett RD, Woodman B (2017). Submission: BEIS/Ofgem – Smart, Flexible Energy System – a call for evidence.  Author URL.  Full text.

2016

Fitch-Roy O, Woodman B (2016). Auctions for Renewable Energy Support in the United Kingdom: instruments and lessons learnt.
Wigan F, forster S, Amazo A, Tiedemann S, Del Rio P, Fitch-Roy O, Woodman B, Kitzing L, Noothout P, Osenlund Soysal E, et al (2016). Auctions for Renewable Energy Support: lessons learnt from international experiences.
Woodman B, Soutair I, Mitchell C (2016). ENVIRONMENTAL AUDIT COMMITTEE INQUIRY INTO SUSTAINABILITY AND HM TREASURY.
Lowes R, Woodman B, Britton J (2016). EPG response to the DECC consultation: the Renewable Heat Incentive: a reformed and refocused scheme.
Lowes R, Woodman B, Britton J (2016). EPG response to the Energy and Climate Change Committee's 2020 renewable heat and transport targets inquiry.
Woodman B (2016). Hinkley Point C delay: How to exploit this attack of common sense in energy policy.
del Rio P, Fitch-Roy OWF, Woodman B (2016). Identification of alternative policy options to auctions for RES-E support. EU Horizon 2020.  Abstract.
Fudge S, Peters M, Woodman B (2016). Local authorities as niche actors: the case of energy governance in the UK. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 18, 1-17.
Kitzing L, Islam M, Rosenlund Soysal E, Held A, Ragwitz M, Winkler J, Steinhilber S, del Rio P, Wigand F, Tiedemann S, et al (2016). Recommendations on the role of auctions in a new renewable energy directive. Abstract.
Woodman B, Fitch-Roy O (2016). Renewable energy auctions: best practice design elements. CA-RES II Plenary.
Fitch-Roy OWF, woodman B (2016). Specific design elements for RES auctions: pre-qualification rules and penalties.  Abstract.  Author URL.

2015

Woodman B (2015). A Brighter, More Secure Future: Low Carbon Priorities for the New Government. Aldersgate Group,  London, Aldersgate Group.
Del Rio P, Steinhilber S, Wigan, F, Kitzing L, fitch-roy O, Woodman B (2015). Assessment Criteria for RES-E auctions. AURES.
Woodman B (2015). Climate Change is at the heart of the UK Anti-Fracking Movement. Web link.
Mitchell C, Woodman B, Kuzemko C, hoggett R (2015). Comments on the CMA Energy Market Investigation. –. Updated Issues Statement.
Mitchell C, Woodman B, lockwood M, Britton J, Kuzemko C, Hoggett R (2015). Comments on the CMA Energy Market Investigation: Provisional Findings and. Poss ible Remedies.
Woodman B (2015). Contribution to the Aldersgate Group report on energy priorities for the New Government. Web link.
Woodman B (2015). Developing the UK energy market: overview and assessment.  Abstract.
Woodman B (2015). Energy Companies’ Loyalty Problem Lights the Way Forward. Web link.
Woodman B (2015). Energy companies' loyalty problem lights the way forward.
Woodman B (2015). Last Past the Post: UK Nuclear, Whatever the Evidence. Web link.
Del Rio P, Haufe M, Wigan F, Steinhilber S, Kitzing L, Fitch-Roy O, Woodman B (2015). Overview of Design Elements for RES-E auctions.
Mitchell C, Woodman B, Kuzemko C, Hoggett R (2015). Public Value Energy Governance.  Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Woodman B, mitchell C, lowes R, Dutton J, Hoggett R, Steward T, Lockwood M, Kuzemko C (2015). Submission from Energy Policy Group to House of Commons Energy and Climate Change inquiry on ECC priorities for holding Government to account.  Abstract.
Kuzemko C, Britton J, Soutair I, Woodman B (2015). Written response: Inquiry into ‘A smarter energy future for Wales’.  Author URL.
Woodman B (2015). rudd's magic money tree risks undermining investments in a low carbon economy. Web link.

2014

Woodman B, mitchell C, Lockwood M, Kuzemko C (2014). EPG submission to Strategy and Policy Statement: a consultation on the Draft Statement.
Britton J, Woodman B (2014). Local Enterprise Partnerships and the low-carbon economy: Front runners, uncertainty and divergence. Local Economy, 29(6-7), 617-634. Full text.
Woodman B, Lowes R (2014). There’s a hidden opportunity in the British Gas probe.
mitchell C, Woodman B, lockwood M, Fitch-Roy O, Steward T, Hoggett R (2014). University of Exeter Energy Policy Group response to the Energy Market Investigation Statement of Issues, submission to the Competition and Markets Authority.

2013

Woodman B, Woodman B (2013). Osborne won’t usher in a renewable renaissance.

2011

Woodman B, Mitchell C (2011). Learning from experience? the development of the Renewables Obligation in England and Wales 2002-2010. ENERG POLICY, 39(7), 3914-3921. Abstract.
Baker PE, Mitchell CHC, Woodman B (2011). Project TransmiT: Academic Review of Transmission Charging Arrangements. Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (OFGEM), Univerisity of Exeter. Author URL.
Mitchell CHC, Woodman B, Baker P, Aldridge J (2011). Response to the Electricity Market Reform Consultation.  Author URL.
Hoggett R, Mitchell CHC, Woodman B, Baker PE (2011). The Key Energy Policy Issues for Energy Security in the UK: Summary Report. Energy Policy Group, Univerisity of Exeter. Author URL.

2010

Mitchell C, Woodman B (2010). Regulation and sustainable energy systems. In baldwin R, Cave M, Lodge M (Eds.) Oxford Handbook of Regulation, Oxford University Press, 572-589.
Mitchell C, Woodman B, Aldridge J (2010). The development of renewable energy policy in the UK. In  (Ed) EU ENERGY LAW, Renewable energy in the European Union, Part II, National Renewable Energy Support schemes and policies, Claeys & Casteels BVBA publishing house.
Mitchell C, Woodman B (2010). Towards trust in Regulation - Moving to a Public Value Regulation. Energy Policy, 38, 2644-2651.
Staffell I, Baker P, Barton J, Bergman N, Blanchard R, Brandon N, Brett D, Hawkes A, Infield D, Jardine C, et al (2010). UK microgeneration Part II: technology overviews. Proceedings of the ICE - Energy, 163(4), 1751-4223. Abstract.
Baker P, Chaudry M, Mitchell C, Woodman B, Jenkins N, Strbac G, Hardy J (2010). UKERC Response to the PRASEG inquiry, Renewables and the Grid: Access & Management.  Author URL.

2009

Woodman B (2009). Crying land ahoy while our policy is all at sea. Parliamentary Brief, 17-18.
Baker P, Mitchell C, Woodman B (2009). Invited Evidence to the Energy and Climate Change Committee for it's enquiry into the Future of Britains Electricity Networks.  Author URL.
Baker P, Woodman B (2009). Submission to House of Commons Committee on Energy and Climate Change.
Mitchell C, Baker P, Woodman B (2009). The Extent to Which Economic Regulation Enables the Transition to a Sustainable Electricity System. UKERC, UKERC.
Bergman N, Hawkes A, Brett D, Baker P, Barton J, Blanchard R, Brandon N, Infield D, Jardin C, Leach M, et al (2009). UK microgeneration. Part I: policy and behavioural aspects. Proceedings of the ICE - Energy, 162(1), 23-36. Abstract.

2008

Woodman B (2008). Connecting the Future: the UK's Renewable Energy Strategy., Greenpeace UK.
Woodman B (2008). Do you think this Energy Bill is good?. Parliamentary Brief
Woodman B, Baker P (2008). Regulatory frameworks for decentralised energy. ENERG POLICY, 36(12), 4527-4531. Abstract.
Woodman B, connor P, Mitchell C, Richardson T (2008). Submission to BERR consultation on renewable energy strategy.
Woodman B (2008). Tail end Charlies. Parliamentary Brief

2007

Woodman B (2007). Mr Power, the man who really presses the buttons. Parliamentary Brief
Mitchell C, Woodman B (2007). Risk, Economics and Nuclear Power. In Elliot D (Ed) Nuclear Or Not? Does Nuclear Power Have a Place in a Sustainable Energy Future, Palgrave, 149-168.
Woodman B (2007). The Energy White Paper - So much more than an anti-climax. Power UK

2006

Woodman B, Mitchell C (2006). Caution needed on carbon contracts. Power UK
Woodman B (2006). Left out in the cold. Parliamentary Brief
Mitchell C, Woodman B (2006). New Nuclear Power - implications for a sustainable energy system., Green Alliance.
Mitchell C, Woodman B (2006). Submission to DTI Energy Review.

2005

Froggatt A, Woodman B, Mitchell C (2005). Current status of UK offshore wind. European Commission FAVORES project.
Woodman B, Mitchell C (2005). Too Little, Too Late?. The Utilities Journal

2004

Mitchell C, Woodman B (2004). The Burning Question., ippr.

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Teaching

Dr Bridget Woodman teaches both postgraduate and undergraduate students within the Geography School of the University of Exeter as well as contributing to other programmes at other institutions as a visiting lecturer.
Bridget teaches both core and optional modules on the MSc Energy Policy and Sustainability course at the University of Exeter as well as supervising students as tutor for their dissertations and pastoral issues.

Postgraduate modules:

  • Climate Change and Sustainable Development
  • Policy Making for a Low Carbon Future
  • Research Methods
  • Energy Options & Sustainability

Undergraduate modules:

Bridget teaches on the undergraduate module Environmental Policy & Politics on the second year of the School of Geography undergraduate degree programme.

In addition to this Bridget also supervises a select number of undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations.

Modules

2018/19


Supervision / Group

Postgraduate researchers

Alumni

  • Jimmy Aldridge

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