UCL Energy Institute

Dr Michael Fell

Dr Michael Fell

Senior Research Fellow

Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st May 2012

Research summary

Current projects include:

  • Researcher co-investigator on the Energy Revolution Research Consortium, co-leading the knowledge synthesis work package. This Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund project is looking at how smart local energy systems can be designed to benefit communities, business and the national energy system. The knowledge synthesis work package is drawing together learnings from EnergyREV and wider Prospering from the Energy Revolution initiatives with other evidence from around the world in order to best inform policy and practice.
  • Researcher on the UKRI Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions) on a project considering implications of distributed ledger-enabled retail markets for energy policy objectives. Information on this project is available at https://osf.io/gv2ex/.


University College London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2016
University College London
Other higher degree, Master of Research | 2012
University of Southampton
First Degree, Bachelor of Science | 2004
Universite de Bordeaux 1
Other higher degree, Maitrise | 2003


Michael Fell is a senior research fellow at UCL Energy Institute. His work focuses on social aspects of energy use, in particular people's desire and ability to offer flexibility to electricity systems. He is currently working on two main projects: as researcher co-investigator and work package co-lead on the Energy Revolution Research Consortium (EnergyREV) on smart local energy systems; and as a researcher on the UKRI Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions on distributed ledger technology and energy retail markets (see research summary section below for more info). His previous work has explored consumer demand for domestic demand-side response product offerings such as time of use electricity tariffs. Together with colleagues he developed Watts the Deal? (the peer-to-peer energy trading board game) and Should I Bake? (which helps people schedule baking for times when there is more renewable electricity on the grid). He also runs pump:chic, which allows you to "test drive" a heat pump. He was seconded to BEIS during 2017-18, and in 2013 undertook a POST/EPSRC Fellowship in the House of Commons Library (briefing MPs on subjects in science and the environment). Prior to joining UCL he was the energy commissioning editor at Earthscan (a leading publisher of books and journals in sustainability).