UCL Energy Institute

Dr Rachel Freeman

Dr Rachel Freeman

Senior Research Fellow in Energy Transitions

Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
10th Dec 2018

Research summary

Dr Rachel Freeman is a Senior Research Fellow at UCL's Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources, in the Energy Systems group. Rachel works on socio-technical energy transition modelling that will support the UK's transition to a low-carbon economy. 

Rachel's research covers a range of topics related to sustainability including waste prevention, resource efficiency, energy and carbon management in buildings and transport, energy demand response, re-distributed manufacturing, smart meters, and the relationships between natural capital and the rebound effect. She is on the editorial board of Scientific Reports journal.

Teaching summary

Rachel Freeman has given lectures and tutorials at the postgraduate and undergraduate levels in the following subjects: systems thinking methods for managers, system dynamics modelling, discrete event modelling, low-carbon transport and buildings, and climate change mitigation. She lectures on socio-technical modelling approaches for the Introduction to Modelling Methods and Scenarios module in the MSc. Economics and Policy of Energy and Environment.


University of Bristol
Doctorate, Doctor of Engineering | 2015
University of Reading
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 2002
Bedford College
First Degree, Bachelor of Science | 1984


Rachel Freeman has a BSc. in Mathematics, a MSc. in renewable energy and the environment, and a doctorate in systems engineering from the University of Bristol. Before starting her doctorate she worked in software engineering, and as a consultant to utilities and regulators in energy demand management and energy resource planning. Her speciality is in applying systems thinking and systems modelling methods to a range of sustainability issues - focusing on the complexity of the economic, engineering, and political/behavioural issues important to the process of decarbonisation.