Dr Jonathan Radcliffe is Senior Research Fellow, working across the Engineering and Physical Science College, and Business School. His research interests lie in technology, policy and market options for energy system flexibility, in particular the role of energy storage. Jonathan has extensive knowledge of policy-making, having worked in Government and Parliament for 13 years. He has worked directly with policy makers, academics and business leaders at the highest level.
He has written reports on future energy innovation priorities, the role of energy storage, and flexibility options for the UK’s energy system. He has experience of working within Europe, in China, and is leading a comparative analysis of UK and Korea energy systems funded by the FCO.
Jonathan regularly presents at national and international conferences, and contributes articles to journals and magazines.
Jonathan Radcliffe obtained a first-class Physics BSc at Imperial College London, with a year at Université de Paris Sud-Orsay in France. He went on to the University of Cambridge where he undertook a PhD at the Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Superconductivity, studying the physical properties of high-temperature superconductors.
Jonathan spent three years at the UK's Meteorological Office, then in Bracknell. He was a scientist working in Numerical Weather Prediction, testing and developing the UK forecast model.
In 2000 he moved into policy, and spent eight years working around Westminster, including in Government covering the use of science in policy making, and with the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee.
Before joining the University of Birmingham, Jonathan was Head of the Analysis Team for the Energy Research Partnership, a high-level public-private body, providing strategic direction to energy innovation in the UK.
Jonathan now has a position as Senior Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham, and Programme Director for Energy Storage for the Centre for Low Carbon Futures.