Professor Peter Taylor

Professor Peter Taylor


Peter has over thirty years of experience working on a wide range of energy and climate change policy issues. He currently holds a joint appointment at the University of Leeds as Professor of Sustainable Energy Systems in the Schools of Earth and Environment and Chemical and Process Engineering. Peter has acted as advisor to a number of United Nations organisations, the International Energy Agency, the European Commission and various UK government departments. His research is strongly interdisciplinary, combining engineering, economics and policy to explore transitions to sustainable low-carbon energy systems. He contributes to several large national research centres including the UK Energy Research Centre, Energy Demand Research Centre, Supergen Energy Networks Hub, Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre and the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy. 

Prior to joining the University of Leeds, Peter was Head of the Energy Technology Policy Division at the International Energy Agency in Paris from 2007 to 2011, responsible for high profile publications such as the Energy Technology Perspectives and the Energy Technology Roadmap series. In an earlier consultancy career, he was Technical Director of a major UK energy and environmental practice.

Peter graduated from the University of Nottingham in 1990 with a BSc in Physics, Applied Physics and Electronics and subsequently gained both an MSc in Environmental Technology (1991) and a PhD in Energy Policy (1995) from Imperial College, London.


  • Co-Director of Energy Leeds

Research interests

Current research projects include:

UK Energy Research Centre (co-I)

Energy Demand Research Centre (co-I)

Supergen Energy Networks Hub (co-I)

Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (co-I)


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Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Energy Institute

Student education

Teaching energy and climate related topics on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the School of Chemical and Process Engineering and the School of Earth and Environment.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Integrated Energy Research
  • Energy Leeds
  • Clean Combustion
  • Sustainable Low Carbon Futures
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