UCL Energy Institute

Prof Robert Lowe

Prof Robert Lowe

Chair of Energy and Building Science

Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Feb 2006

Research summary

See under Biography.

Teaching summary

Leads teaching of Building Physics to first year students on the Energy Resilience and the Built Environment (ERBE) PhD programme.  Contributes to UCL component of Sociotechnical Perspectives for first year ERBE CDT students (UCL lead on this course is Dr Lai Fong Chiu). Guest lectures on Energy System Architecture to students on UCL's Smart Energy and the Built Environment (SEBE) MSc.


Open University
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1985
Not stated
Other higher degree, Master of Arts | 1981
Not stated
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts | 1977


Robert Lowe is a physicist with a broad interest in the field of buildings, energy and sustainability, and in the interplay between energy end-use demand systems and the whole energy system. He is is the author or co-author of approaching 100 journal papers, 3 books and numerous reports and conference papers, spanning energy systems, economics, and energy use in buildings, and including theoretical, empirical and methodological contributions. He joined UCL as Professor of Energy and Building Science in 2006. In 2009, with Prof Tadj Oreszczyn, he established the UCL Energy Institute, which he directed from August 2014 to January 2018. He is Director of the London-Loughborough EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy Demand (2008-), and of its successor, the EPSRC-SFI Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy Resilience and the Built Environment (ERBE). He was the first chair of the SAP Scientific Integrity Group (2012-14). He served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Building Research & Information from 2000-2018, and on the Board of the BBA from 2014-2019. Among his many research projects, he has been co-investigator on UCL-Energy’s Centre for Energy Epidemiology, one of six EPSRC-funded Energy End-use Demand Centres, and has directed a major BEIS-funded project on the field performance of domestic heat pumps, at the time of writing, the largest such project to have taken place in Europe. He currently leads the £1.5 million EPSRC Decarbonisation of Heat Challenge, within the Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS). A key focus of this project has been the development and application of the concept of Energy System Architecture to the problem of decarbonisation of heat.