Richard Hoggett
Research Project Manager

Research

Research interests

Richard is interested in whole systems approaches to creating a sustainable, secure and affordable energy system. Specific interests include: the role of people and communities within the energy system; innovation; governance; energy security; demand response and smart grids; supply chain and value chain analysis; UK and EU renewable energy policy.

Research projects

IGov: Innovation, Governance and Affordability for a Sustainable Secure Economy

Richard is the Research Manager for IGov, a four year funded EPSRC Established Career Fellowship Award held by Prof. Catherine Mitchell.

IGov is concerned with understanding how best to deal with the key issues facing the UK and other international energy systems in terms of tackling climate change, ensuring energy security and maintaining affordability. The goal of moving towards a more sustainable, low carbon economy implies the need for a radical transition in the way that energy is both supplied and used. Such a change not only links to the technologies that are developed and deployed, but also the wider political, social, and economic institutions and infrastructures in which they are embedded or with which they are connected, including all of the actors within them. This is a dynamic and complex process and the interactions between all these factors and the choices made by the different actors within the energy system, such as policy makers, large firms, new entrants, investors, end users, etc will all influence the way that change occurs.

The research will focus on the relationships between innovation, governance, energy demand and affordability. It will do this by exploring the means by which interactions take place within energy systems and their implications for innovation in respect to carbon targets, technology deployment, investment, new practices, customer involvement, energy efficiency, and the total cost of energy for customers. Specifically the research will consider the relationships between institutions, policy design, such as, rules and incentives within the gas and electricity systems (markets and infrastructure, industry structure, incumbent and new entrant company strategies and decision-making processes and consumer practices. It will do this by primarily following the relatively simple causal relationships put forward by political and institutional economic theory; as well as more complex theories of innovation and change.

The research will be carried out in respect to the UK energy system and with international comparative analysis within Denmark, Germany, California and Texas. It will analyse the implications of different innovation and governance relationships on the success or otherwise of energy demand reduction and issues of affordability. Finally, it will analyse the implications of the findings on long term strategic innovation in energy systems, building upon, and contributing to, the literature and analysis of socio-technical transitions, coevolutionary analysis, institutional economics and policy paradigms. The outcomes will lead to a better understanding of how the transition to a sustainable, low carbon energy system, can occur.

ESMW: Energy Security in a Multipolar World

Richard is a member of the ESMW research cluster which brings together energy policy, international relations and supply chains analysis to better understand the risks and opportunities associated with energy security. The purpose of the research cluster is to strengthen the understanding of British energy security, in two main ways:

  • to expand knowledge concerning how to make Britain more energy secure now, in the short term.
  • to analyse what has to be done in the short term, to ensure that energy security will be maintained in the medium to long term, with particular reference to the supply chains of oil and gas supply and sustainable energy technologies.

He has carried out a range of research and analysis within the cluster in relation to supply chains, the demand side and the role of people and communities within energy security. This work is included within the forthcoming ESMW book: New Challenges in Energy Security, the UK in a Multipolar World and he is leading on a special edition on Sustainable Supply Chains and Energy Security, due to be published in Applied Energy during 2013.

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