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Dr Iain Soutar
Lecturer in Energy and Environmental Policy


A member of the Energy Policy Group, my research centres on understanding forces of inertia and innovation in energy and other complex systems, and the implications thereof for meeting both policy and societal objectives. This currently focuses on the following themes:

  • Coevolution of social and technological innovation
  • Digitalisation and democratisation within energy systems 
  • Governing for uncertainty in complex systems
  • Whole-systems and cross-systems thinking

I also coordinate the ExeterEnergy initiative, the interdisciplinary network of energy researchers at the University of Exeter.

Postgraduate supervision

Thomas Pownall: Markets for Future Power Networks. EPSRC studentship. Co-supervisor.
Emily Judson: Democratisation of energy, data and algorithms. EPSRC studentship. Co-supervisor.



2016 PhD (Exeter)
2009 MSc (Cranfield)
2004 BSc (Dundee)


Contact details

AddressTremough House
University of Exeter
Penryn Campus
TR10 9FE
Office hours

For GEOM1412 students, I have two office hours each week, one following each lecture/workshop this term. I am based in the Energy Policy Group offices on the ground floor of Tremough House. Alternatively drop me an email. 

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