We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Otherwise, we'll assume you're OK to continue.

Durham University

Durham Energy Institute


DEI co-Director to take up key European role

(21 February 2019)

Dr Douglas Halliday

We’re delighted that Dr Douglas Halliday, co-Director of the Durham Energy Institute and Associate Professor in our Physics Department, has been appointed to chair the European Universities Association’s Energy and Environment Platform (EUA-EPUE).

What is the European Universities Association?

The EUA represents more than 800 universities and national rectors’ conferences in 48 European countries. It has a crucial influence on EU higher education, research, and innovation policy.

The EUA-EPUE aims to facilitate the full participation of European universities in energy- and environment-related EU programmes and to achieve the goals of the Energy Union and a sustainable energy future for Europe.

Douglas Halliday's work with EUA

This appointment builds on the contributions Douglas has already made to EUA’s work in this area. Halliday was a member of the UNI-SET Steering Committee and led the working group which developed the Energy Transition Action Agenda for European Universities.

In his role as Director of Durham’s Energy Centre for Doctoral Training, Douglas’ expertise in solar energy and in multidisciplinary energy training has provided invaluable insights to the agenda.

Dr Halliday said: “I am delighted to accept the prestigious role of Chair of the EUA-EPUE Platform. This appointment recognises Durham’s broad range of expertise in Energy supported by Durham Energy Institute. Energy and the Environment are two of the greatest challenges faced by our society today. The platform works to ensure the full contribution of universities to this challenge drawing on the wide-ranging and substantial expertise of academics in European Universities. It is my privilege to lead such a platform.”

Congratulating Dr Halliday, Professor Claire O’Malley, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global), said: “I am delighted at Douglas’s appointment, and I wish him and his colleagues all the best as they continue to promote the significant role of European universities in addressing these global challenges.

“Durham University supports the Sustainable Development Goals and an equitable transition to a sustainable future. Education and research are crucial for achieving this. As chair of the EUA platform Douglas will provide leadership in helping to build a consensus and move forward the Action Agenda.”

We wish Douglas and his colleagues all the best as they continue to promote the significant role of European universities in addressing energy- and environment-related global challenges.

EUA Energy and Environment conference @ Durham

In September 2019, Durham Energy Institute will host the EUA Energy and Environment “clustering event”, bringing together leaders from European Universities at Durham University to discuss topics such as energy transition, education, and climate.

Specific topics will include the Education 2030 Agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals and the United Nations Conference of the Parties.

For more information go to the clustering event website or email Lynn Gibson via

Find out more