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Research lead

Dr Jonathan Radcliffe

Dr Jonathan Radcliffe

Reader in Energy Systems and Policy
Fellow of the Institute for Global Innovation, Resilient Cities theme lead

School of Chemical Engineering

Dr Jonathan Radcliffe is a Reader in Energy Systems and Policy, leading an interdisciplinary research team. His research interests are in energy system technology, policy and innovation, in particular the role of energy storage. He also leads the Resilient Cities theme of the Institute for Global Innovation, working with colleagues across the university to investigate the drivers of urban ...

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Laurie Duncan

RoleLaurie Duncan

PhD Student


Laurie Duncan is a PhD student in the Energy Systems and Policy Analysis research group. His work focuses on modelling local energy systems, and how evidence can be better used by local authorities in policymaking to achieve decarbonisation targets.

With supervisors in Chemical Engineering and the Institute for Local Government, Laurie is keen to work across different disciplines, applying scientific evidence and reasoning to policymaking contexts where traditionally there has been a lack of expertise.

Laurie graduated from the University of Warwick with an integrated Masters degree in Mathematics. He developed an enthusiasm for interdisciplinary study, writing his dissertation on the use of mathematical models of gases to simulate opinion formation of populations.

Omar Saeed

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Project Manager


Omar previously worked for the Centre for Low Carbon Futures as a Researcher, which was a collaboration between four universities in the North of England and the University of Birmingham. He then took a position as a Research Manager with the Midlands Energy Consortium, a regional research collaboration between five universities (including Birmingham once again) and the British Geological Survey. His role involved creating new and maintaining existing collaborations between academic members of staff.

After spending a short time assisting with the initiation of the Innovate UK - funded Energy Research Accelerator, Omar took up the post of Project Manager at the University of Birmingham, starting in January 2017. Omar is responsible for managing the Multi-Scale Analysis for Facilities for Energy Storage (MANIFEST) project. Omar is also contributing directly to Work Package Four of the project – developing the UK Energy Storage Observatory (UKESTO).

In addition to his commitments to MANIFEST, Omar is also managing the Energy Storage Prioritisation in Mexico project.

Omar has a background in environmental science and completed his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Leeds before undertaking and MSc in Environment, Economics and Sustainable Development at University College London.

Patricia Callaghan




Patricia joined the group in March 2018, as part of her duel role working for the Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage as well as ESPAG. Patricia is experienced and has worked in a number of roles within the University of Birmingham. Patricia helps to ensure the smooth, day-to-day running of ESPAG as well as monitoring finance and staffing.