UCL Energy Institute

Dr Ellen Webborn

Dr Ellen Webborn

Research Associate in Data Science & End Use Energy Demand

Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
22nd Jan 2018

Research summary

Ellen is a Research Associate at the UCL Energy Institute working across multiple projects. Her current focus is on the design and analysis of smart meter trials. She is heavily involved with the Smart Meter Research Portal (SMRP) project, that will provide vital smart meter and contextual data from thousands of households in GB to researchers for approved research projects. The portal will transform GB energy research through the long-term provision of high quality, high-resolution energy data that will support the development of a reliable evidence base for intervention, observational and longitudinal studies across the socio-technical spectrum.

Her previous research focused on the use of thermostatically-controlled loads, such as fridges, for power system frequency control.


Ellen received a BSc in Mathematics with intercalated year and MSc in Complexity Science from the University of Warwick in 2011 and 2012. She went on to do a PhD in Mathematics and Complexity Science, during which she spent 2 years working part-time at National Grid. She submitted her PhD thesis The dynamics of thermostatically controlled loads for power system frequency control in November 2017, and started working at the UCL Energy Institute in January 2018.