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Miss Emily Judson

Miss Emily Judson

PhD Researcher

 SERSF G2.28


Science and Engineering Research Support Facility (SERSF):, University of Exeter,  Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK

 Office hours:

By appointment


Emily joined the University of Exeter in September 2018 as an EPSRC funded PhD student. Her research aims to identify priority areas where digital energy governance could be improved to facilitate energy system decarbonisation, while also supporting other ‘public impact’ goals as to mitigate negative socio-economic effects. 


BA Hons, Politics, Soas, University of London


Prior to joining the University of Exeter Emily worked in international higher education and research policy, with a regional focus on the Middle East and North Africa, at Universities UK International. She also has experience in third sector governance, international student support, and freelance consultancy roles. 

Research group links


Research interests

My principle research interests include:

  • Emerging relationships between the use of energy data and digital technologies, decarbonisation, and public impact issues
  • Governance and policy in the digital energy space
  • The digital energy commercial landscape and changing business models
  • The relationship between energy democracy and digital energy technologies
  • Applications of AI and data science in the energy system


My publications include:

Judson. E. et. al., 'The centre cannot (always) hold: Examining pathways towards energy system de-centralisation', Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, vol. 18, Feb 2020, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2019.109499

Research projects

PhD Overview:

In response to decarbonisation targets and technological change, energy systems are shifting from largely top-down linear structures to ones that are more distributed, multi-directional, and data-driven. Emerging technologies are being deployed across these new systems for diverse purposes – for example storage management, peer to peer trading, or distribution automation. This project will examine the implications of increased use of data and digital technologies in energy, and their potential to influence energy system decarbonisation and pubilc impact issues.

Research networks

Emily is a member of the Exeter Energy Network, and a co-organiser of the 'Making Sense of Sustainable Energy Systems' seminar series. She is also a member of the Environmental Intelligence Network, part of the University of Exeter Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (IDSAI). 



Energy, technology, policy, politics

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