Professor Tim Cockerill

Professor Tim Cockerill


Tim Cockerill is a Professor of Efficient Energy Utilisation, a joint appointment between the Schools of Mechanical Engineering and Process, Environmental and Materials Engineering, based in the Centre for Integrated Energy Research (CIER). He joined the University in July 2013.

Career History:

  • Professor of Efficient Energy Utilisation (2013-present), Centre for Integrated Energy Research, University of Leeds
  • Senior Lecturer in Energy Policy & Technology (2008-2013), Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London
  • Lecturer in Renewable Energy (2004-2008), School of Construction Management and Engineering, University of Reading
  • Research Fellow in Renewable Energy (1996-2004), School of Environment/School of Sciences, University of Sunderland
  • Research Student (1991-1995), Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge


  • Co-Lead of Energy Leeds

Research interests

Tim's core research develops integrated models of energy systems and technologies, and then uses those models to inform both technology development and policy decisions. A key innovation of the work is using rigorous engineering analysis to inform energy policy decision making - and equally using questions in energy policy to frame energy engineering problem development. Tim is an engineer by background, but recognising the complex interdisciplinary nature of most energy problems, has reached out to methodologies from social science, economics and policy analysis.

Tim works across a range of energy technologies and systems, though most projects have focused on wind, carbon capture and storage, or energy storage. He also has an enthusiasm for interdisciplinary energy teaching.

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  • PhD
  • MSc (by Research)
  • BA (Cantab)

Research groups and institutes

  • Energy Leeds
  • Sustainable Low Carbon Futures
  • Institute of Thermofluids

Current postgraduate researchers

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