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Dr. Stephen Allen is a lecturer and engineer working in the fields of energy analysis, carbon footprinting and life cycle assessment (LCA).  His research focuses on radically reducing the carbon footprint of the built environment, by tackling both embodied and operational emissions.  Current collaborative projects include:

Stephen's research and teaching draws on professional experience in policy and commercial environments.  During 2010-12 he worked as the Scientific Adviser on Energy at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST), informing and influencing energy and climate policy.  In 2012-18 he was a senior consultant at Sustain and then director at Circular Ecology, helping companies to reduce the environmental footprint of buildings, rail transport and consumer products.  He has also worked as an engineer in remote parts of Canada and Mexico, designing and building equipment and accomodation to support ecological field research.

His publications have been used by parliament, government and the Committee on Climate Change to inform policy, and by professional magazines to influence practice in industry.  He has won the prestigous George Stephenson Medal from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (for best original paper), and a place on the USA’s International Visitor Leadership Programme on climate change and renewable energy.  He is conversationally fluent in Spanish.

Willing to supervise PhD

Interested in supervising students studying:

  • Low energy and low carbon design of buildings
  • Sustainable building materials
  • Sustainable energy technologies
  • Thermodynamics and heat transfer
  • Carbon footprinting
  • Life cycle assessment

External positions

Member of Engineering Early Career Forum, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

20182020

Director - Energy and Environment, Circular Ecology Ltd.

20142018

Senior Associate - Energy and Environment, Sustain Ltd

20122014

Scientific Adviser - Energy, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

20102012

Research Officer, SUPERGEN Highly Distributed Power Systems, University of Bath

2009

Mechanical Engineer (Canada and Mexico), Coastal Ecosystems Research Foundation

20052006

Keywords

  • Sustainable energy
  • Renewable energy
  • Thermodynamics
  • Heat transfer
  • Carbon footprinting
  • Energy analysis
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Embodied energy and carbon
  • Building performance analysis
  • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
  • TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery

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Projects 2013 2022

Research Output 2007 2019

Review of Energy Policy, 2019

Watson, J., Bradshaw, M., Froggat, A., Kuzemko, C., Webb, J., Beaumont, N., Armstrong, A., Agnolucci, P., Hastings, A., Holland, R., Day, B., Delafield, G., Eigenbrod, F., Taylor, G., Lovett, A., Sherpard, A., Hooper, T., Wu, J., Lowes, R., Qadrdan, M. & 6 others, Anable, J., Brand, C., Mullen, C., Bell, K., Taylor, P. & Allen, S., 31 Dec 2019, December 2019 ed. UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC). 16 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access
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industry
environmental policy
environmental management
parliament
decision
2 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
Electricity
Thermodynamics
Exergy
Industrial heating
Hot Temperature

Datasets

Embodied energy and embodied carbon of 81 shelters globally

Kuchai, N. (Creator), Matard, A. (Creator), Coley, D. (Creator), Allen, S. (Creator), Allen, S. (Creator), University of Bath, 16 Sep 2019

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Thesis

Micro-generation for UK Households: Thermodynamic and Related Analysis

Author: Allen, S., 1 Jun 2009

Supervisor: Hammond, G. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

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