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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

DEI Executive Team

Executive Director of Durham Energy Institute & Dean of Knowledge Exchange
Ørsted/Ikon Chair in Geoenergy Carbon Capture and Storage
Department of Earth Sciences

Jon Gluyas is a geoscientist with 28 industrial and 8 years academic experience. He is currently the Dean for Knowledge Exchange and Executive Director of Durham Energy Institute both at Durham University, UK. Jon has worked around the world both while in industry and more recently while in academia. He began his career with BP Exploration in Aberdeen following a degree in Geology from Sheffield University and a PhD in geochemistry from Liverpool University. During Jon’s time with BP he worked in both research and petroleum production with postings in the UK, China, Norway and Venezuela. Jon then moved to the independent sector first with Monument Oil and gas and subsequently with Lasmo plc. He was variously Production Geoscience Manager and Exploration manager for Europe, working in London, Trinidad, Tehran and Oslo. In 2001 Jon co-founded Acorn Oil and Gas. The company became the first company to redevelop a completely abandoned North Sea Field. Acorn was sold in 2005 and Jon went on to found Fairfield Energy. The specialism he has developed in both Venezuela and the FSU for developing forgotten and unwanted fields as well as redeveloping old fields continued.

On moving to academia Jon developed his interests in research in geoenergy, carbon capture and storage and the impact of fluid extraction and injection on induced seismicity and surface elevation. Jon has published widely including a text book, several memoir and around 100 peer reviewed papers. He has served as the President of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain and the Earth Science Teachers Association. He has also served as chairman of the `British Geological Survey Board. Jon chaired the development board of what became the UK CCS Research Centre and he is a founder of national research body BritGeothermal.

DEI Co-director for Society and Energy
MSc Energy & Society Course Director
Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology

Simone Abram is Durham Energy Institute’s Co-Director for Social Sciences & Health, and she is a member of the Department of Anthropology at Durham. She qualified in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Manchester University in 1988 and was awarded a DPhil in Social Anthropology from Oxford University in 1994. Since then, her research has brought together science studies and governance, through studies of tourism, urban development and land-use planning. Her energy interests lie in relating different disciplinary perspectives on energy and society, including the governance of energy developments, ethical questions in energy modelling, and the changing social and political significance of energies, particularly electricity. Her publications include ‘Culture and Planning’ (Ashgate 2011), ‘Rationalities of Planning’ (co-authored with Jonathan Murdoch, Ashgate 2002), and a series of edited books, journal special issues, journal articles and book chapters. She was appointed as Reader in Energy Studies at the Department of Anthropology in Durham in 2013, and is Course Director of the MSc in Energy and Society. She is a member of the European PERSON network for social sciences in energy research.

Co Director, Durham Energy Institute
Director of Energy Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT)
Senior Lecture, Department of Physics

Douglas Halliday is DEI Co-Director and Director of the Multidisciplinary Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy. He holds a BSc from the University of Edinburgh and a PhD from the University of Nottingham. Before coming to Durham he worked for the National Research Council in Ottawa, Canada. He is a Chartered Physicist and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, a Fellow of the Energy Institute and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Before taking over as Director of the Energy CDT, Douglas was Dean of the Durham University Graduate School for five years. Under his leadership the Graduate School received the Times Higher Education Award for Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers. He is a member of the European Universities Association UNI-SET Steering Committee. The UNI-SET project aims to effectively mobilise the educational, research, and innovation capacities of Europe’s universities in the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan. The UNI-SET Steering Committee has 20 expert members from across Europe. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the UK Council for Graduate Education and has organised two International Conferences on Developments in Doctoral Education and Training looking at recent worldwide developments in Doctoral Education. Douglas is also a Higher Education Reviewer for the Quality Assurance Agency.

As a member of staff in the Department of Physics he teaches undergraduate and postgraduate lecture courses and supervises laboratory modules. He is a past recipient of a Durham University Excellence in Teaching Award. He undertakes research into solar photovoltaic devices. His research has been funded by EPSRC and the EU. To be able to generate power at the Tera Watt level PV devices need to manufactured from abundant, low-cost raw materials. Douglas is currently undertaking research into alternative materials to replace silicon in the next generation of thin-film photovoltaic devices. He has published over 100 journal and conference papers.

DEI Co-Director for Policy and Markets
Professor of Energy Economics in Durham University Business School

Tooraj Jamasb is Professor of Energy Economics at Durham University Business School and Co-Director at the Durham Energy Institute (DEI). He holds a PhD in energy economics (Cantab.) and has masters’ degrees in Energy Management and Policy from University of Pennsylvania (UPenn), French Institute of Petroleum (IFP), and Norwegian School of Management (BI), and BBA from Tehran Business School. He is a Research Associate at Electricity Policy Research Group (Cambridge), the MIT Centre for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (CEEPR), and Oviedo Efficiency Group, University of Oviedo. He is also Associate Editor of Energy Strategies Review journal.

His research includes energy sector reform; energy networks; incentive regulation, energy policy; efficiency and productivity analysis of energy utilities; energy demand and public acceptance, energy technology economics and policy, and energy issues in developing countries. He has participated on research and consultingprojects for the European Commission, Council of European Energy Regulators, several European energyregulators, several energy companies, Ofgem, Department of Energy and Climate Change, and The World Bank.

He is co-editor of the books ‘The Future of Electricity Demand: Customers, Citizens and Loads’, Cambridge University Press (2011);‘Delivering a Low-Carbon Electricity System: Technologies, Economics, and policy’, Cambridge University Press (2008); and ‘Future Electricity Technologies and Systems’, Cambridge University Press (2006). He has participated onprojects for the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER), several European energyregulators, energy companies, and The World Bank.

DEI Co-director for Research Grant Capture and Monitoring
Reader in Bioenergy in the School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Dr John Bothwell is Durham Energy Institute co-Director. His research focuses on seaweed, primarily on their evolution and systematics, but also on their bioenergy potential and their ecological importance along the UK’s coastlines.

John’s DPhil in Biochemistry was awarded in 2000 and between 2000-2007 he held postdoctoral research fellowships in Cambridge, Plymouth and Roscoff, taking a year off in 2002-2003 to play professional rugby. From 2009-2012, John held a Lectureship at Queen’s University Belfast and moved to Durham in 2013.

Communication and Impact Officer in the DEI

Evelyn is Durham Energy Institute’s Communication and Impact Officer. Evelyn is an experienced researcher and communicator with a background in Anthropology and International Development. She has planned, managed and carried out numerous policy-focused projects. She previously has worked as Research Associate at IPPR North, Research Manager at Crisis (the UK homelessness charity) and Research Associate at Geoffrey Payne and Associates (an international development consultancy). Her research spans a wide range of topics including community engagement and participatory methods, urban development, gender equality, deprivation, housing, homelessness and regeneration.

Evelyn leads on helping the Institute reach internal and external stakeholders and manages the DEI website, DEI magazine, and Policy Expert Group as well as producing publicity materials, policy briefs, and facilitating new links with Policy makers and engagement events.

Research Impact Officer in the DEI

Jacki is Durham Energy Institute’s Research Impact Officer. She is a chartered Civil Engineer with a Masters in Geo-environmental Engineering and an MBA in Engineering Management. She has twenty years’ experience of project managing infrastructure, marketing, communications, membership, events and public relations projects.

Jacki leads on impact activities, DEI showcasing events and industrial partnerships in the DEI.

Institute Administrator in the DEI

Lynn is Durham Energy Institute’s Administrator. Lynn joined the DEI in September 2014 after spending 12 years in Durham University’s Research Office supporting the Science Faculty with the costing, preparation and submission of research grant applications. Prior to that, Lynn worked in a role managing medical secretaries in a large military hospital in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia. Lynn holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and Business Administration.

Lynn provides leads on event management, office management and managing the DEI budget as well as providing PA support to the Executive Director of the Institute and is the minuting secretary for the DEI Executive Committee, DEI Consultative Committee, DEI Advisory Board and Durham Miners Association Heritage Lottery Fund Advisory Board.

Lynn is also is responsible for the scheduling, planning, delivery and evaluation of DEI events including public debates, lectures, functions, VIP visits and internal seminars and develops and administers the publicity material for DEI events. Additionally, Lynn is also responsible for the administration of the Energy CDT (Centre for Doctoral Training) and manages the DEI small grants scheme.

CDT Administrator