UCL Energy Institute

Dr Peter Mallaburn

Dr Peter Mallaburn

Principal Research Associate

Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
27th May 2015

Research summary

Peter’s research focuses on the interactions between research, climate policy and market practice, particularly how successful policies transform their markets.

There are a number of facets to this. Most common is analysing current policies and extracting lessons that are relevant and practical for UK civil servants. 

Second is understanding how policies evolve. Civil servants change jobs frequently and have conflicting political objectives, so learning from the past provides valuable continuity and context.

And finally it is important to understand the impact of research on policy more generally and particularly how to frame our policy advice and tender responses more effectively


Peter joined the UCL Energy Institute in October 2014 as a visiting scholar and was appointed as an Principal Research Fellow and Director of Policy in February 2018. Peter looks after the Institute’s strategic relationship with Whitehall and carries out research into effective energy efficiency policy.

Peter began his career in UCL as an environmental plant physiologist, gaining his PhD in 1992. He joined the scientific Civil Service, working on acid rain, urban air pollution, climate modelling and EU energy policy. Peter helped write the first UK’s first Climate Change Programme in 1999, set up the Carbon Trust in 2000, leaving the government in 2002 to lead the Trust’s government and policy team.

Peter left the Carbon Trust in 2006 to be CEO of Salix Finance, a finance company vehicle set up by the government to accelerate energy efficiency investment in the public sector. He returned to academia in 2012 as Reader in Climate Policy at De Montfort University before finding his way back to UCL.