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Miss Emily Judson

Miss Emily Judson

Doctoral Researcher



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 a socio-economically just transition to Net Zero.


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

Principle research interests:

  • Emerging relationships between the use of energy data and digital technologies, decarbonisation, and public impact issues
  • Energy and digital governance institutions
  • 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


Peer-reviewed publications:

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,


Working papers:

Judson, E., Soutar, I. and Mitchell, C. 'Governance Challenges Emerging from Energy Digitalisation', EPG Discussion Paper: EPG2002. Accessible via:


Other publications:

Judson, E. 'Governing Digital Energy', Presentation to the PGR Summer Conference, Lancaster University, June 2019. Accessible via:

Judson, E., 'AI in Energy: Is it as smart as you think?', 3-part blog series, Energy Policy Group blog, March-April 2019. Accessible via:

Research projects

PhD Overview:

In response to decarbonisation targets and technological change, energy systems are shifting from top-down linear systems 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 the governance issues emerging from this change. The project uses mixed qualitative methods.

Supervision: Dr Iain Soutar, Prof Catherine Mitchell, Dr Rosie Robison

Research networks

Emily is a member of the Exeter Energy Network and the Environmental Intelligence Network (part of the University of Exeter Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence).

She is also an Early Stage Researcher on the Energy-SHIFTS project, supporting the SMART Consumption working group. The Energy-SHIFTS project will contribute to a European Energy Union that places societal needs centrally, by further developing Europe's leadership in using and applying energy-related Social Sciences and Humanities.



Energy, technology, policy, politics

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