UCL Energy Institute

Dr Ellen Webborn

Dr Ellen Webborn

Senior Research Fellow in Data Science & End Use Energy Demand

Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
22nd Jan 2018

Research summary

Website: www.ellenwebborn.com 

Twitter: @ellenwebborn

R user group: www.ellenwebborn.com/rusergroup

I am a Senior Research Fellow at the UCL Energy Institute working across multiple projects. My current focus is on the design and analysis of smart meter trials. I am funded by the Smart Energy Research Lab (SERL) 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.

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


University of Warwick
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2018
University of Warwick
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 2012
University of Warwick
First Degree, Bachelor of Science | 2011


  • Sep 2021 - present: Senior Research Fellow at UCL Energy Institute
  • Jan 2018 - Aug 2021: Research Associate at UCL Energy Institute
  • 2012 - 2017: PhD in Mathematics and Complexity Science from the University of Warwick on The dynamics of thermostatically-controlled loads for power system frequency control
  • 2014 - 2016: Power Systems Engineer at National Grid (part-time alongside PhD)
  • 2011 - 2012: MSc in Complexity Science, University of Warwick
  • 2007 - 2011: BSc in Mathematics with Intercalated Year, University of Warwick