UCL Australia

Research at UCL Australia

UCL School of Energy and Resources

Research in the School of Energy and Resources focuses on both the upstream and downstream development of energy and resources, covering a wide range of disciplines - from engineering and economics to environmental science and law. 

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Mullard Space Science Laboratory

The Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL) is a world-leading research organisation delivering a broad science programme that is underpinned by a strong capability in space science instrumentation, space-domain engineering, space medicine, systems engineering and project management.

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International Energy Policy Institute

The International Energy Policy Institute (IEPI) was created to address key policy issues in the mineral, energy and resources industries through intensive and innovative research.

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Research at the IEPI

Professor Stefaan Simons

Professor Stefaan Simons


Post-doc Researcher

Our people are our biggest asset and the foundation of our research and education capabilities. We recruit and retain the best people for each role, ensuring their skills, experience and philosophy align with UCL Australia’s core mission and values. 

Find out more about UCL Australia staff below or contact us with any general enquiries via telephone on +61 8 8110 9960 or web form. Contact details for all UCL staff are also available via the global UCL directory.


David Travers, Chief Executive

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Mr Travers is responsible for the leadership of the university in Australia. He joined UCL in 2010 after more than four years in London as the Deputy Agent General (Government of South Australia).

He spent more than a decade with the State Government, included two stints in political offices; he was Chief of Staff to the Hon Graham Ingerson MP, Liberal Deputy Premier and Minister for Industry and Trade (1998) and later was Chief of Staff to the Hon Dr Jane Lomax Smith, Labor Minister for Higher Education and Tourism (2002). During his public service career he held senior executive roles in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, the Department of Education and Children's Services, the Department of Further Education and Employment and the Office of the Commissioner for Public Employment.

Mr Travers has worked extensively in Europe, the US, Russia and the Middle East, leading government investment, export and migration initiatives. He oversaw major education and skilled migration campaigns in the UK and Ireland and trade and investment initiatives from the UK, Spain, Italy, Germany and Greece. He managed the State Government’s European relationships with a variety of companies, including International Power, Acciona, Ultra Electronics, BTG, Babcock International and the Bank of England. From 2006-2010 he forged the development of specialist agricultural projects in Russia, including beef and wine, and negotiated the first Bolashak Scholarship contracts (Kazakhstan) awarded to Australian universities.

Mr Travers is a director of UCL Qatar’s Board of Governors in Doha, was founding advisory board chairman of Sundrop Farms and owns a vineyard and winery in the Clare Valley. 

Mr Travers began his career as a cadet journalist at the Fairfax Media group, advancing to editor-in-chief of its South Australian agricultural division in 1996. He is an alumnus of Harvard University, Flinders University and is a former Young South Australian of the Year. He was a Young Australian of the Year finalist and was featured by News Limited as one of Australia's top 40 future leaders. 

E-mail: david.travers@ucl.ac.uk

Prof Stefaan Simons, Director, IEPI, BHP Billiton Chair of Energy Policy

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Professor Simons, CEng FIChemE, is Professor of Chemical Engineering at University College London (UCL), Director of the Centre for CO2 Technology (in London) and inaugural Director of the International Energy Policy Institute (IEPI) at UCL Australia. His research is focussed on low carbon energy technologies and innovations for the energy and chemicals sectors and he has particular experience in nuclear fuel reprocessing and waste disposal. In 2009 he was awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Global Research Fellowship to develop his ideas on the open innovation of such technologies, spending time at University California, Berkeley and the University of Melbourne. Professor Simons has more than 200 publications and holds the BHP Billiton Chair of Energy Policy.

See full academic profile of Prof Stefaan Simons

Email: stefaan.simons@ucl.ac.uk

Dr Ady James, Academic Director, SERAus and Executive Director, MSSL

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Dr Ady James is the Academic Director in UCL Australia and the Executive Director of the Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL) Australia where he is researching remote sensing technologies as applied to the energy and resource sectors. Previous to this Dr James was a Senior Research Fellow in UCL’s Department of Space and Climate Physics (MSSL) where he had worked on various space programmes including Mars 96, Cluster, XMM Newton, MOSES, Solar-B (Hinode) and most recently as Systems Engineer on the VIS instrument of the ESA Euclid programme. 

In his role at UCL Australia Dr James teaches Project Management for Energy and Resources as part of the MSc in Energy and Resources Management. He is also active in the supervision of MSc and PhD projects. As Co-Director of the UCL Centre for Systems Engineering Dr James provided training courses to industry on various aspects of Systems Engineering and Project Management. 

Ady is a member of the Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA), the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM), the Systems Engineering Society of Australia (SESA) and the Australian Chapter of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE).

See full academic profile of Dr Ady James

Email: a.james@ucl.ac.uk

Bronte Treloar, Chief Financial Officer


Mr Treloar is responsible for the financial and resource management functions of UCL in Australia. He joined UCL in 2011 after a four year term as Director, University City Project with the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Government of South Australia.

He has had a long career in financial and resource management in the Government of South Australia and was for over 10 years Executive Director Resources for the Education Department.

Mr Treloar worked with the former Deputy Agent General in London to establish UCL in Adelaide and was responsible for creating the International University Precinct in the Torrens Building, Victoria Square in Adelaide.

He holds a Graduate Diploma in Accounting from the University of South Australia and is a Fellow of the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants (FCPA).

Email: b.treloar@ucl.ac.uk

Maria Stavrinakis, Student and Registry Services Director

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Ms Stavrinakis leads student and registry services at UCL Australia. She assumes responsibility for students from the point of enquiry, application for admission until graduation. She is also responsible for registry services which includes academic administration, quality assurance and legislative compliance.

Ms Stavrinakis joined UCL in 2009, from Flinders University where she held numerous positions, including Executive Officer to the Deputy Vice Chancellor (International) and Admissions Manager in the International Office. She has significant experience in student support services, higher education policy, admissions and enrolment support. She is a graduate of The South Australian College of Advanced Education (SACAE).

Email: m.stavrinakis@ucl.ac.uk

Affiliated Staff

Professor Anthony Finkelstein

Dean, Faculty of Engineering Sciences

Academic Staff

Dr Laura Falkenberg

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Dr Laura Falkenberg is a Post-doctoral Research Associate in the UCL School of Energy and Resources, Australia. In her role at UCL Laura is developing a new technique to identify the effects of environmental impacts on marine species using measures of gamete motility, the outcomes of which will have implications for forecasts of population dynamics and ecosystem composition. 

Prior to joining UCL Laura was a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Adelaide where she conducted research that considered the potential role of altered conditions as drivers of shifts in kelp ecosystems. 

Laura completed her PhD in Marine Ecology at the University of Adelaide and holds an undergraduate degree in Arts (Geography and Environmental Studies) and Science (Ecology/Marine Biology) with Honours in Marine Biology.

See full academic profile of Dr Laura Falkenberg

Email: l.falkenberg@ucl.ac.uk

Dr Ady James

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Dr Ady James is the Academic Director in the UCL School of Energy and Resources, Australia and the Executive Director of the Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL) Australia where he is researching remote sensing technologies as applied to the energy and resource sectors. Previous to this Dr James was a Senior Research Fellow in UCL’s Department of Space and Climate Physics (MSSL) where he had worked on various space programmes including Mars 96, Cluster, XMM Newton, MOSES, Solar-B (Hinode) and most recently as Systems Engineer on the VIS instrument of the ESA Euclid programme. 

In his role at UCL Australia Dr James teaches Project Management for Energy and Resources as part of the MSc in Energy and Resources Management. He is also active in the supervision of MSc and PhD projects. As Co-Director of the UCL Centre for Systems Engineering Dr James provided training courses to industry on various aspects of Systems Engineering and Project Management. 

Ady is a member of the Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA), the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM), the Systems Engineering Society of Australia (SESA) and the Australian Chapter of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE).

See full academic profile of Dr Ady James

Email: a.james@ucl.ac.uk

Professor Stefaan Simons

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Professor Simons, CEng FIChemE, is Professor of Chemical Engineering at University College London (UCL), Director of the Centre for CO2 Technology (in London) and inaugural Director of the International Energy Policy Institute (IEPI) at UCL Australia. His research is focussed on low carbon energy technologies and innovations for the energy and chemicals sectors and he has particular experience in nuclear fuel reprocessing and waste disposal. In 2009 he was awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Global Research Fellowship to develop his ideas on the open innovation of such technologies, spending time at University California, Berkeley and the University of Melbourne. Professor Simons has more than 200 publications and holds the BHP Billiton Chair of Energy Policy.

See full academic profile of Prof Stefaan Simons

Email: stefaan.simons@ucl.ac.uk

Dr Craig Styan

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Dr Craig Styan is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Energy and Resources where his research is focussed on the environmental impacts of energy and resources developments. Prior to joining UCL, Craig worked as a consultant in Western Australia, designing and running large scale monitoring programs for port developments, including the Gorgon, Wheatstone and Browse LNG projects. Before that, Craig taught marine ecology and statistics at the University of Sydney and then Deakin University. He has also held post-doctoral research positions at the University of Melbourne and the South Australian Research and Development Institute.

Craig’s areas of expertise include survey/experimental design and how to maximise the cost-effectiveness of environmental monitoring and adaptive management programmes. Craig has experience working on population and community ecology of temperate and tropical marine/estuarine systems and has designed and run a wide variety of field programs, ranging from water quality and corals, through to fisheries and aerial surveys for dugong and whales.  Craig is also on the council (as treasurer) of the Australian Marine Sciences Association. 

See full academic profile of Dr Craig Styan

Email: c.styan@ucl.ac.uk

Ms Christine Trenorden

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Christine Trenorden joined UCL Australia as a Visiting Professor in 2013. She has had a distinguished career in the law, having served as The Senior Judge of the Environment, Resources and Development Court 2002-2010 and as a judge of the District Court of South Australia and a deputy presiding member of the Equal Opportunity Tribunal 1993-2010. In her judicial capacity, Christine also served as a member of the Council of the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration, as a regional convenor for the National Judicial College of Australia and chaired various committees for the Chief Justice of SA.

In 2012-2013 she was a member of the Panel of Experts who investigated and reported on the future role of local government in SA in Strengthening South Australian Communities in a Changing World – The Council of the Future. In 2010-2011 Christine was an AusAID volunteer on assignment in Fiji, mentoring young Pacific Islander environmental lawyers and working on development aid projects in the Pacific region with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).  She continued working in the region until early 2013. She has also worked on projects in Indonesia and Laos.

Prior to judicial life Christine’s legal career focussed on the areas of environment and planning, resources and development, and local government. She is an honorary fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and an honorary life member of the National Environmental Law Association.

See full academic profile of Christine Trenorden

Email: c.trenorden@ucl.ac.uk

Dr Adeline Tubb

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Dr Adeline Tubb is an Economics Lecturer the School of Energy and Resources, Australia. Prior to her appointment at UCL, Adeline was a Research Fellow at the University of Ottawa in Canada. She completed her PhD in economics at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in 2012 and also holds an undergraduate degree in economics with Honours from UNSW. Adeline’s research portfolio lies at the intersection of environmental and economic sustainability and is divided into two broad streams. The first investigates the relationship between demography, economic growth and environmental quality, in particular the impact of population ageing on government environmental expenditure. Her second research stream explores the interrelationship between environmental policy, competitiveness and innovation, focussing on the role played by technology spillovers in enhancing environmental R&D at the firm level and how firm profitability is impacted by environmental R&D. 

See full academic profile of Dr Adeline Tubb

Email: a.tubb@ucl.ac.uk

Dr Katelijn Van Hende

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Dr Katelijn Van Hende is a Lecturer at the School of Energy and Resources, Australia. She leads courses on Energy and Resources Law and International Policy and Geopolitics of Energy and Resources and undertakes research in these areas.

She holds a PhD from Aarhus University, Denmark (on the regulation of offshore wind energy and grid infrastructure) and a Master of Laws cum laude from the University of Leuven (K.U.Leuven), Belgium, where she focussed on public law and EU and international law. During her studies at K.U.Leuven she took up an Erasmus year at Maastricht University, the Netherlands to further specialize in EU and international law. 

Prior to joining UCL as a full-time lecturer she was granted an Australian Endeavour Award which allowed her to undertake comparative research in offshore energy regulation at UCL Australia. 

See full academic profile of Katelijn Van Hende

Email: katelijn.hende@ucl.ac.uk

Dr Eng Hwa Yap

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Dr Eng Hwa Yap is a Senior Lecturer at the UCL School of Energy and Resources, Australia where he leads courses in Water Resources Management and Energy Efficiency and Conservation. Eng Hwa’s research work is concentrated largely on sustainable system dynamics modelling using renewable energy technologies. He looks into the dynamics of such technologies’ integration within the community with a focus on emerging economies. 

Eng Hwa holds a PhD in Marine Engineering from University College London, and an undergraduate degree in marine technology from Plymouth University, UK. Prior to (re-)joining UCL, Eng Hwa was an Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus where he has also completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education. His previous work in marine and offshore engineering was concerned with the generation of clean energy using stranded offshore natural gas with a 'floating power station' with CCS. 

Dr Yap is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), UK.

See full academic profile of Dr Eng Hwa Yap

Email: e.yap@ucl.ac.uk

Affiliated Staff

Dr Mark Barrett

Principal Research Fellow, UCL Energy Institute

Marco Federighi

Faculty Tutor, Faculty of Engineering Sciences

Professor Anthony Finkelstein

Dean, Faculty of Engineering Sciences 

Professor Eric Fraga

Professor of Process Systems Engineering 

Ian Havercroft

Research Fellow in Environmental Law 

Professor Tadj Oreszczyn

Director, Energy Institute

Emeritus Professor Tony Owen

Emeritus Professor, UCL International Energy Policy Institute

Dr Eleftheria Polykarpou

Honorary Lecturer

Ray Purdy

Senior Research Fellow in Environmental Law

Professor Anthony Smith

Acting Vice-Provost, International

Visiting Academics

Dr Jonathan Mirrlees-Black

Dr Jonathan Mirrlees-Black joined UCL Australia as a Visiting Professor in 2013, teaching Financing Resource Projects.

He is an experienced management consultant and investment analyst. He is Head of Research at RARE Infrastructure and chairs RARE’s Investment Advisory Board (IAB). He also advises on economics, finance, and strategy with a particular focus on energy, infrastructure and environmental markets. 

Jonathan has twenty years experience of the energy industry in corporate planning (with BP), management consulting (with Coopers & Lybrand, and Cambridge Economic Policy Associates), and as a sell-side analyst (with UBS, Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, Lehman, and Exane BNP Paribas).

He has a BA in Pure Maths from Sheffield University, and M.Phil. and D.Phil. degrees in economics from Oxford University.  

Email: j.mirrlees-black@ucl.ac.uk

Professor Sir Malcolm Grant

Sir Malcolm Grant joined UCL Australia as a Visiting Professor in 2014. He was UCL President and Provost from 2003 to 2013. During that period UCL emerged as one of the world's leading research-intensive universities, regularly ranked amongst the top 20 in the world, and for each of the last 3 years has held 4th  place in the QS World University Rankings. He was knighted in 2013 for his services to higher education.

He has had a distinguished academic career, specializing in planning law, environmental law and property law. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including the innovative Urban Planning Law (Sweet and Maxwell, 1981), and he was for 24 years the Editor of the Encyclopedia of Planning Law and Practice (Sweet and Maxwell, looseleaf; 8 volumes), of which he remains the consultant editor, as well as of the Encyclopedia of Environmental Law.

He has chaired the Russell Group of the leading UK research universities and was for 4 years a member of the Board of Directors of the League of European Research universities. 

Sir Malcolm was appointed in 2011 as the inaugural Chairman of NHS England, a new independent board established by the British Government to manage the National Health Service in England. NHS England commissions healthcare for a population of 55 million people, and holds an annual budget approaching £100 billion, with responsibility to deliver significant long-term improvements in health outcomes and the quality of healthcare in England.

Email: malcolm.grant@ucl.ac.uk

Dr Christof Rühl

Dr Christof Rühl has joined UCL Australia as a Visiting Professor in 2014. He is the first Global Head of Research at the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), responsible for establishing and managing a new, independent, global research unit providing the ADIA with proprietary fundamental and macroeconomic research.  

Before joining ADIA Dr Rühl was the Group Chief Economist and Vice President of BP plc (2005-2014) where he managed BP’s global Economics Team and provided the economic underpinning for BP’s commercial and strategic decisions. 

Christof has a distinguished track record in both academia and economic policy making. Prior to joining BP, he served as the World’s Bank Chief Economist in Russia and in Brazil (1998-2005), and before that, as Principal Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Previously, he was an academic economist, first in Germany and from 1991 as Professor of Economics at the University of California in Los Angeles. 

His areas of specialisation are macroeconomics and energy economics; he has published widely in these fields.

Professor Paul Stevens

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Professor Paul Stevens is a Visiting Professor at UCL (Australia) and Distinguished Research Fellow (Energy) at Chatham House, London. He is also Emeritus Professor of Petroleum Policy and Economics at the University of Dundee and a Consulting Professor at Stanford University. He has published extensively on energy economics, the international petroleum industry, unconventional gas, economic development issues and the political economy of the Gulf. Some recent publications for Chatham House include “The 'Shale Gas Revolution': Hype and Reality” (September 2010, updated August 2012), “The Coming Oil Supply Crunch” (August 2008, revised May 2009) and “Transit Troubles: Pipelines as a Source of Conflict” (March 2009). Most recently he has co-authored a green paper on Shale Gas in Australia: The Policy Options with UCL Australia. He also works as a consultant for many companies and governments.

Professor Stevens was awarded the 2009 OPEC Award in recognition of his outstanding work in the field of oil and energy research. The award was established in 2004 by OPEC to honour individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the petroleum industry and oil-related issues. The award honours those who have demonstrated a high level of independence and integrity in their work and who have persistently presented a critical, yet impartial view on oil-related issues in debates.

Email: paul.stevens@ucl.ac.uk 

Dr Tim Stone

Dr Timothy Stone CBE holds a Visiting Professorships at UCL Australia. He is a non-executive member of the board of the European Investment Bank and has been senior adviser to the ­secretary of state for the Department of Energy and Climate Change since 2007. 

Dr Stone CBE has graduated from Oxford with a degree in Physical Chemistry. He has spent his career life in business and investment, advising governments and the private sector. 

He is Former Global Chairman of KPMG’s Infrastructure Group. Prior to joining KPMG, he was a Director at SG Warburg & Co. where he was a founder of the operator of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, London & Continental Railways. Before joining SG Warburg with his team in the late 1980s, he was a Managing Director at Chase Manhattan in New York, where he ran one of the Bank’s international businesses for a number of years.

In March 2011 Dr Stone CBE was honoured by the leading infrastructure publication, Infrastructure Journal, with only their second Lifetime Achievement Award.  

Email: timothy.stone@ucl.ac.uk

Mr James Voss

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James Voss is a Honorary Reader at the International Energy Policy Institute. 

He is a nuclear engineer with 38 years of professional experience associated with the safe management of nuclear materials. He has led nuclear, environmental and renewable energy initiatives in over 40 countries. 

Mr Voss has served in the Executive Office of the President of the United States for two Presidents. He has advised senior government officials throughout the world. 

Mr Voss is a Fellow of the UK Nuclear Institute.

Email: j.voss@ucl.ac.uk

Research Staff and Students

Dr Michel Berthelemy

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Dr Michel Berthélemy joined UCL International Energy Policy Institute as a Post-doctoral Research Associate in October 2013 and is based in Adelaide, Australia. His research interests deal with the economics of nuclear power, the regulation of the nuclear industry and the competitiveness of electricity markets. Ongoing research projects include the economics of nuclear fuel leasing and the analysis of market power on the Australian electricity market (NEM). 

In addition to his academic research, Michel has been involved in the past in consultancy work for energy utilities on the international market for nuclear new build and has published a number of blog articles on www.energypolicyblog.com

Michel currently serves as a Future Energy Leader at the World Energy Council and was a visiting scholar at the Energy Policy Research Group (EPRG, University of Cambridge). Prior to starting his PhD, he worked as a summer intern at the OECD on climate change finance. 

He holds a PhD in Economics from Mines ParisTech, France, an MPhil in Environmental and Energy Economics (ParisTech) and an MSc in Economics and Finance (University of Birmingham, UK).

See full academic profile of Dr Michel Berthélemy

Email: m.berthelemy@ucl.ac.uk

Dr Cristelle Maurin

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Cristelle Maurin  is a Post-doctoral Research Associate at the International Energy Policy Institute. She joined the Institute in 2014 with a research project focused on the regulation of unconventional gas in Australia. 

Prior to this, Dr Maurin worked for the United Nations in East Asia and Africa with responsibilities encompassing policy support for legal reforms, institutional capacity strengthening and community empowerment in developing countries. She also consulted for the private sector and international organisations. In 2013, with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, she assisted with the development of offshore mineral regimes for the sustainable management of resources in the South Pacific region.

In her role at UCL Australia, Dr Maurin draws on her international experience in legal and policy research to analyse Australian jurisdictions’ regulatory approaches to unconventional gas development, and examine the role governance and institutional arrangements play in empowering stakeholders to participate in decision making for sustainable socioeconomic and environmental outcomes and generate community trust in energy policy outcomes. 

Dr Maurin holds a PhD in international law from the University of Paris, Pantheon-Sorbonne. Her research interests span regulatory developments impacting the energy and resource sectors, participatory governance and natural resource management. Associate to the Centre for Chinese Studies at the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa), her research extends to Chinese investment patterns in Africa and Australia’s resource sectors.

See full academic profile of Dr Cristelle Maurin

Email: c.maurin@ucl.ac.uk

Dr Gillian Owen

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Dr Gillian Owen is a Senior Research Associate at UCL Australia’s International Energy Policy Institute. 

Dr  Owen has undertaken extensive research and published widely on energy efficiency, fuel poverty, smart meters, distributed energy and demand side response. She has been a part-time Senior Research Associate at the Energy Institute at University College London since 2011 and now continues her association with UCL based in Australia at the UCL International Energy Policy Institute. She also has a part-time senior research post at Monash University and is providing advice to the Australian Energy Markets Commission and Australian Energy Regulator. Until her departure from the UK in August 2012 she was Vice Chair of the Government’s Fuel Poverty Advisory Group,  a Non-Executive Director of the water regulator Ofwat,  a member of Ofgem's Consumer Challenge Group, DECC's Smart Meters Consumer Advisory Group and Chair of the REAL Consumer Assurance Scheme for microgeneration. She was a Commissioner of the UK’s Competition Commission for ten years until 2002 and has also been a non-executive board member of Ofgem.

See full academic profile of Dr Gillian Owen

Email: gillian.owen@ucl.ac.uk

Mr Dale Potts

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Mr Dale Potts is a Post-doctoral Research Associate at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory (Australia), developing near infra-red hyperspectral methane imaging instrumentation for use in wide instantaneous-field-of-view remote sensing. 

He has experience in the use of hyperspectral imaging for the calibration and validation of Earth Observation satellites from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles at Mullard Space Science Laboratory in the UK. 

Previous to this he has worked in commissioning, quality assurance and calibration of high energy x-ray linear accelerators used in radiotherapy with the UK’s National Health Service as well as acquiring degrees in Astronomy and in Astrophysics from the University of Sussex and the University of Kent respectively, both in the UK.

See full academic profile of Mr Dale Potts

Email: dale.potts.09@ucl.ac.uk

Dr Navinda De Silva

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Dr Navinda De Silva is a Post-doctoral Research Associate at the International Energy Policy Institute, focussing on the possibility of developing a shale gas potential in Australia, similarly to the US shale gas revolution. The US shale gas revolution was possible due to factors such as favorable geology, low costs, regulations, effective community engagement, mineral ownership, pipeline access, gas markets and extensive service industry. Dr De Silva’s research examines the above factors in the Australian context which will determine whether it is possible to replicate the US shale gas success in Australia. 

Most recently he has co-authored a green paper on Shale Gas in Australia: The Policy Options. His research interests are unconventional gas development, CCS, sedimentology and geochemistry of shales.

Navinda completed a PhD in civil engineering at Monash University and a Masters in civil engineering at the University of Tokyo. 

See full academic profile of Dr Navinda de Silva

Email: n.desilva@ucl.ac.uk

Dr Darien Simon

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Dr. Darien Simon is a Post-doctoral Research Associate with the International Energy Policy Institute.  Her research is focussed on the transdisciplinary fields of community engagement and sustainability with a primary emphasis on energy and resources issues.  She has particular expertise in systems thinking in sustainability and community engagement, reuse of contaminated lands, sustainable living and behaviour change and collaborative processes for climate change adaptation.  Her expertise is being applied in projects on energy demand management, low carbon investment issues and using Communities of Practice to develop community engagement networks.

Previous to this, Dr. Simon has worked as a research associate at Rutgers University and as a Community, Natural Resources and Economic Development Educator with the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension.  She has taught undergraduate and postgraduate university courses in Sustainability, Urban Land Use Planning, Neighborhood Revitalization, Systems Thinking and Social Welfare in the US and UK and developed community education materials on municipal energy efficiency, climate change, low carbon resources and living sustainably.  Dr. Simon has also headed up her own consulting firm specialising in sustainability and energy efficiency issues and has contributed to the larger community through service as Vice Chair of her local Town Planning Board, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Green Resource Hub of the Finger Lakes and by supervising the Family Fun Tent at the Ithaca Festival in Ithaca, New York.

Dr. Simon earned her PhD in Urban Planning and Public Policy from Rutgers University (New Jersey); her Master’s of Science in Educational Psychology and Counseling from California State University, Northridge and her Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from the University of Oregon. She is a Full Member of the Institution of Environmental Sciences.

See full academic profile of Dr Darien Simon

Email: d.simon@ucl.ac.uk

PhD students

Nelson Enano Jr.

Nelson Enano Jr.

In the Philippines, particularly in Mindanao Island, power outages of 8-12 hours a day are not uncommon. UCL PhD candidate, Nelson Enano, Jr., believes the research he is undertaking at UCL’s Australia campus could provide the answers to economically efficient and environmentally sound energy systems for his home country. 

It is his love for the Philippines and belief that he can truly make a difference that drives the 32-year-old student whose research is focused on sustainable energy systems for developing countries, thanks to a scholarship that allows him to pursue a highly respected UCL PhD funded by the Australian Development Awards.

His PhD study is focused on creating a market value for marginal reliability at the brink of an outage caused by generation capacity inadequacy and renewable energy resources intermittency. This study is hoped to model the optimal options for the electricity infrastructure in the Philippines. One of the first steps towards achieving this greater research objective is the determination of the ‘value of lost load’ or VOLL. 

“Mindanao is currently experiencing energy crisis, so I hope to determine the most sustainable approach to overcome this, through determining the optimal mix of energy resources available.”

“Really my dream is to eventually participate more in the policy decision processes in the energy sector of the Philippines, using science and engineering and my training in policy analysis.” 

Nelson has a Masters of Science in Engineering and Policy Analysis from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, and an Electronics Engineering degree from Ateneo de Davao University in the Philippines.

Prior to coming to Australia, he headed the Centre for Renewable Energy and Appropriate Technology at Ateneo de Davao University, and has undertaken internships in international telecommunications in Geneva and some research projects in the Netherlands.

With this experience already behind him, Nelson says it was a clear fit to pursue an interdisciplinary PhD study at UCL Australia.

“Australia’s proximity to the Philippines provides me some comfort while doing my study here. Aside from that, Australia provides me another perspective on energy issues adding to those of European and Asian countries’.”

Nelson says UCL Australia’s Adelaide campus has also proved to be a positive choice for him.

“Adelaide suits my personality,” he says.

“It’s a perfect match for me. There is this academic atmosphere in Adelaide that allows you to pursue research questions along with some of the world-renowned universities located in just one small city. It is easy to network with people with big insights here.”

While Nelson dreams of one day becoming amongst the policy makers in the energy sector in the Philippines, he hopes his research findings will be far reaching.

“My focus on developing countries is what makes my study different to some others and I hope in the future my research will help not just the Philippines but also other developing countries,” he says.

Nelson is being supervised by Professor Stefaan Simons and Emeritus Professor Tony Owen

Nelson studies at UCL Australia thanks to a scholarship from The Australia Awards. Deadlines of applications vary by award category and by country.

Mariya Koleva


Where better to research effective water treatment than in the driest State, in the driest continent in the world?

Mariya Koleva - a PhD student at University College London’s Australia campus in Adelaide - is delighted at the opportunity to do undertake her research here. 

The young Chemical Engineer from Bulgaria is researching ‘optimal synthesis of water purification processes’ and is finding the Australian campus an ideal base for her research.

Having already completed an MEng programme in Chemical with Biochemical Engineering at UCL in London, as well as a BEng degree in Industrial Engineering at the Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria, Mariya says South Australia was a golden opportunity to do her research in an area of great interest to her.

“South Australia has tasted the bitter experience of droughts and floods with records since 1860s. Nevertheless, water adversity has taught the state how to breed innovation in water treatment. That is why, I believe, water engineers and specialists here are quite knowledgeable. They keep up to date with advances in water technologies and are happy to discuss matters with researchers.  In a nutshell, to me South Australia is the best place to learn in.” she says.

“Not only in Australia but also worldwide, the importance of water should be recognised at every institutional level and therefore, more research should be fostered on novel ways of high salinity water purification, optimisation of water treatment processes, integrated water resources management, water storage, etc.”

Already, in less than 12 months at UCL Australia, as a BHP Billiton scholarship recipient, Mariya has had some small breakthroughs in her research.

“I am developing a model that is able to recommend the most economic path of treating various sources of water to meet different fit-for-purpose standards.,” she says.

“Essentially it’s a tool that decreases the complexity of water purification systems and  thus, secures  efficient , effective and safe water provision.”

Mariya says UCL Australia’s multidisciplinary atmosphere enriches her research.

“There are many aspects that I need to consider in my study. It’s not only the technical aspects, I’m also looking at environmental, regulatory and social challenges, and for each one of these aspects there is an expert here, on campus, I can talk to,” she says.

The lifestyle the Australian campus offers is also a bonus.

“I find it beautiful here!” Mariya says.

“Adelaide is lovely to live in because it offers plenty of activities and at the same time you can easily get away from the hustle and bustle. It’s quiet, it’s close to the sea, it’s picturesque, there are many young people here, there are many events to socialise and network.”

Mariya is being supervised by Dr Craig Styan in Adelaide and Professor Lazaros Papageorgiou from Chemical Engineering in London.

Maria has recently presented at The 20th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (MODSIM 2013) on A Mixed Integer Linear Programming (MILP) model for cost-effective water treatment synthesis. Read about her MODSIM 2013 presentation.

Andrew Nance

Andrew is being supervised by Dr Gillian Owen and Dr Ady James.  

Holly Niner

Holly is being supervised by Dr Craig Styan in Adelaide and Dr Peter Jones from the Department of Geography in London. 

Sayara Saliyeva

Sayara Saliyeva

UCL PhD student Sayara Saliyeva is looking for new technologies which might help deliver a future where the world’s vast coal reserves could be unlocked in environmentally and economically sustainable ways.

A Kazakhstani-born chemical engineer, Sayara is assessing the life cycle of coal-to-liquids technologies and says she hopes to discover environmentally acceptable ways to consume that resource.  

“It’s all about identifying environmental impacts caused by liquid fuel production from coal, in particular underground coal gasification.  Australia is well placed to lead the rest of the world in this technology, but there is competition from US, Canada, South Africa, India and China, she says.

With thanks to a BHP Billiton scholarship, Sayara chose UCL Australia because she is surrounded by academic experts in her field, all with strong and direct links to industry.

“UCL Australia is wholly interdisciplinary and has great links with industry and other academic institutions, especially research wise, so for me, it’s definitely one of the best opportunities to be in a country where this technology is establishing itself and to make a research contribution in the field of coal-to-liquids,” she says.

“The academic staff here are very research active and we get a lot of guest lecturers teaching on the MSc programme who are leaders of global companies, so it gives me direct access to the people who are at the forefront of their field. 

“Already this year we’ve had small classes with Leigh Clifford (former Rio Tinto boss), David Knox (Santos CEO) and Christof Ruhl (BP Chief Economist).  So, it’s a really practical-driven education and I really believe it will provide me with excellent career opportunities.”

Sayara graduated with a Masters in Chemical Engineering from University of Sheffield in 2011 before joining the newly established School of Engineering at Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan as a teaching assistant. Keen to follow an academic path, Sayara applied for a BHP Billiton Scholarship through UCL Australia and has been in Adelaide for the past eight months.

There is no mistaking that the ease in which Sayara has settled into Australian life at UCL has a lot to do with the relaxed, friendly lifestyle Adelaide has to offer.

“It’s amazing here. So far I think coming here is one of the best decisions I have made,” she says.

“It’s a new experience, it’s still an English-speaking country, but it’s different from everything I’ve experienced before.

“Weather-wise it’s amazing. I came in February from -30C in Astana, Kazakhstan and arrived in Australia to 30C so that took a bit of getting used to. I still struggle to call it winter here because everything is green and not covered in snow.

“The wildlife is totally different to what we can expect anywhere else in the world.”

Sayara says the close-knit environment of UCL Australia made transitioning to her new work and home much easier.

“You feel like you’re part of a family here, everyone knows everyone and calls each other by their first name which was a bit of a cultural shock for me, but now I’m used to that it makes me feel more comfortable, like I’m part of the ‘UCL Australia family’ here, in Adelaide,” she says.

Sayara is being supervised by Professor Stefaan Simons in Adelaide and Dr Paola Lettieri from Chemical Engineering in London.

Carmen Wouters

Carmen Wouters

An abundance of resources in Australia has made Carmen Wouters’ decision to study her PhD in electrical energy systems at University College London the perfect choice.

The Belgian PhD student, 24, is focussing on the ‘optimal design and operation of future energy systems’ at UCL, having firstly studied energy engineering at the University of Leuven and then undertaken an internship with the chemical company BASF in China.

As a BHP Billiton scholarship holder, Carmen says UCL Australia was a logical choice in continuing her study.

“UCL Australia’s School of Energy and Resources (SERA) focusses on multidisciplinary research in energy and as I did my masters in energy engineering I decided to apply for a scholarship here,” she says.

“There is a strong focus here on working with industry; there are possibilities to connect with industry that I might not have gotten at other universities.

“Australia, especially South Australia, aside from Europe is leading in wind and solar energy, there’s an abundance of resources in South Australia.”

Carmen says the multidisciplinary nature of the campus is also beneficial.

“It’s very personal, you can throw ideas around and it’s really interesting that rather than sitting in a room with all electrical engineers as you might expect at larger campuses, you have the opportunity to talk to other people from different areas and throw ideas around and gain a different perspective on your studies.”

Carmen says the lifestyle South Australia also has to offer has been an added bonus.

“I like Sydney, I like Melbourne, but they’re really big,” she says.

“Especially coming back from China, I appreciate Adelaide being easy to get around, and it has a really nice climate. 

“I’m really happy with my decision, it’s a really good place to live.”

Carmen is being supervised by Dr Ady James in Adelaide and Professor Eric Fraga from Chemical Engineering in London.

Carmen has recently presented at All-Energy Australia 2013. Read about her presentation

Yunyang Wu

Yunyang Wu

Imagine a global electricity supergrid.  One that links countries, providing reliable and stable baseload electricity from wind and solar resources?  Sounds far-fetched, like a science fiction movie?  Maybe.  

People probably said the same thing to Alexander Graham Bell when he started at University College London 150 years ago .  Over the following 20 years he developed and patented the rudimentary telephone and now most of our phone calls are wireless. 

UCL PhD candidate Yunyang Wu thinks electricity supergrids could one day be a reality, although certainly a long-way off.

Yunyang hopes his own research ‘modelling of large-scale renewable energy transmission via continental supergrids’ will add to the increasing body of knowledge on how to provide consistent, baseload supply from renewable sources.  As well as looking at electricity demand forecasting, he hopes his work will aid the improvement of efficacy, reliability and efficiency of renewable energy systems.   Something which is vital if there is to be any hope of creating efficient electricity transmission over vast distances. 

Yunyang Wu joined UCL Australia in October 2013 as a BHP Billiton scholarship recipient.  He says the strong industry engagement enjoyed by UCL Australia makes it easy to get real data and direct input into his research.  All which helps keep the project focussed. 

Yunyang came to Australia having already completed a MSc in Power Systems Engineering at UCL in London.  Originally from China, Yunyang has a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Electric and Electrical Engineering from North China Electric Power University, Beijing, China. 

Yunyang is being supervised by Professor Stefaan Simons in Adelaide and Dr Mark Barrett from the UCL Energy Institute in London. 

Academic Board

Emeritus Professor Alan Robson AM (Chair)

Professor Alan Robson AM is the former Vice Chancellor of The University of Western Australia.

A former Chair of the Group of Eight Universities (2007-2010), he was Deputy Chair of Universities Australia (2005-2011); Deputy Chair of the Council of the National Library (1998-2005); a member of the Western Australian Science Council (2003-2009) and the CSIRO Board (2003-2008).

Professor Robson is a former winner of the Australian Medal of Agricultural Science.  In 2003, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia, and awarded a Centenary Medal.  In 2009, Professor Robson was made a Citizen of Western Australia and was Vice Chancellor of UWA for eight years

Emeritus Laureate Professor John Ralston AO

Emeritus Professor John Ralston is an internationally recognised expert in colloid and surface chemistry and their application in metallurgical engineering and technology. He is also the founding Director and driving force behind the establishment of The Ian Wark Institute at the University of South Australia.

Throughout his career he held invited Professorships in Cape Town, Lulea, Bristol, Utah and Florida and holds an Honorary Doctorate from the Abo Akademi in Finland, as well as Honorary Professorships in Materials Science and Engineering at Tianjin University in China and the Graduate School of Engineering at the University of Tokyo.

Professor Chris Baker

Professor Chris Baker is the Ohio State Research Scholar in Integrated Sensor Systems at The Ohio State University.

Until June 2011 he was the Dean and Director of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the Australian National University (ANU). Prior to this he held the Thales-Royal Academy of Engineering Chair of intelligent radar systems at UCL.

He has been actively engaged in radar system research since 1984 and is the author of more than 200 publications. He is the recipient of the IEE Mountbatten premium (twice), the IEE Institute premium and is a Fellow of the IET. He is a visiting Professor at the University of Cape Town, Cranfield University, UCL, the University of Adelaide and Wright State University.

Hon Dr Jane Lomax-Smith

Dr Jane Lomax-Smith attended The London Hospital Medical School in Whitechapel gaining an MBBS from London University.

She trained as a histopathologist with a Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists and an interest and further Fellowship in Oral Pathology.  Dr Lomax-Smith has a PhD in renal immunology from the University of Adelaide and has worked in London, Adelaide and Boston in laboratory research, clinical pathology and private practice.

She was Lord Mayor of the City of Adelaide from 1997-2000 and was elected to the South Australian Parliament (House of Assembly) in 2000, serving as a Minister eight years. More recently she has been the Chair of the Higher Education Base Funding Review for the Australian Government and is currently the Chair of the Board of the South Australian Museum and a member of the Board of Directors of the Jam Factory.

Please see here for the UCL Australia Academic Board Constitution

Corporate Staff

Dina Bello, Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive

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Ms Bello provides executive support to the Chief Executive. This includes the management of the chief Executive's office and direct involvement and support for the strategic planning and coordination of the UCL Australia's activities. The role also involves direct interaction with students and stakeholders.

Ms Bello has extensive private sector experience including 16 years of Executive Assistant to Senior Executives of Elders Limited, with over 9 years directly supporting the Managing Director.

Email: d.bello@ucl.ac.uk

Jason Dow, Administrative Officer

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Mr Dow provides support and registry services to students. He is responsible for the progressive development and wellbeing of students, in all areas of their academic undertakings. This includes enrolment, admissions and any matters pertaining to their experiences at UCL Australia.

Prior to joining UCL Australia, Jason worked for Maxceed in Japan where he specialised in education, support and curriculum development.

He is a graduate of Flinders University where he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts (Screen Studies).

Email: j.dow@ucl.ac.uk

Mark Johnson, Marketing and Student Recruitment Manager

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Mr Johnson is responsible for leading the achievement of student application and recruitment targets as well as managing a contemporary marketing plan to increase brand awareness of UCL in Australia and key regional markets.

Prior to joining UCL, Mark spent 7 years in the  professional services industry working as a team leader for one of the largest staffing companies in the world.

A UCL alumnus (BA Hons.), Mark moved from London to Adelaide 4 years ago.

E-mail: mark.i.johnson@ucl.ac.uk

Angela Korng, Finance Manager

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Ms Korng is responsible for the finance function at UCL Australia and provides support to the Chief Financial Officer. Her role performs multiple finance functions including financial accounting, accounts management, payroll and taxation.

Prior to joining UCL, Ms Korng worked at PKF Business Advisers where she specialised in providing accounting, business advisory and taxation services.

She is a graduate of Adelaide University and holds a Bachelor degree in Commerce (Accounting).

E-mail: a.korng@ucl.ac.uk

Michaela Mocikova, Research and Development Manager

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Ms Mocikova provides strategic support to all three research units within UCL Australia – The International Energy Policy Institute (IEPI), the Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL) and the School of Energy and Resources (SERAus). This includes identification of global research funding opportunities and effective dissemination of the units’ research output.

Michaela has extensive experience in the government sector, including a five-year posting at the Office of the Agent General for South Australia in London as Business Development Manager (Education) where she managed various education campaigns in the UK and Europe.

Michaela holds a MA in International Relations and Diplomacy (University of Matej Bel Banska Bystrica, Slovak Republic).

Email: m.mocikova@ucl.ac.uk

Pixie Yeap, Student Services Coordinator

Affiliated Staff

Dr David Stevens

Head of International Office

Sara Collins

Faculty Manager, Faculty of Engineering Sciences 

Kate Oliver

Communications, Marketing and Events Manager, Faculty of Engineering Sciences