Dr Jonathan Radcliffe BSc PhD

Dr Jonathan Radcliffe

School of Chemical Engineering
Senior Research Fellow and Policy Director Birmingham Energy Institute

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Jonathan Radcliffe is Senior Research Fellow and Policy Director at the Birmingham Energy Institute. His research interests are in energy system technology, policy and innovation, in particular the role of energy storage.

Jonathan has extensive knowledge of the policy-making process, having worked on science and innovation policy in Government and Parliament for 13 years. He has worked directly with policy makers, academics and business leaders at the highest level.

He has published on future energy innovation priorities, the role of energy storage, and flexibility options for the UK’s energy system. He has experience of working internationally, including recent projects with China, Korea, Brazil and the EU.

Jonathan became a full-time academic in January 2015. He regularly presents at national and international conferences, and contributes articles to journals and magazines.


  • PhD in Experimental solid state physics, 1997
  • BSc in Physics, 1993


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. He joined the Centre for Low Carbon Futures in 2013 as Energy Storage Programme Director, then as Acting Director until 2014.

Jonathan now has a position as Senior Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham. 


  • Year 3: ‘Energy Economics’ module for Engineering with Energy courses
  • PG: Policy component of ‘Energy Systems and Policy’ module

Postgraduate supervision

PhDs in energy storage


Research themes

  • Energy systems, energy technologies and innovation, energy innovation policy, technology and policy making

Research activity

Centre Director for Manifest project (from September 2016), co-Director for SUPERGEN Energy Storage hub, and co-Investigator on several other research projects; with some smaller projects for industry and Government.

Analysis of energy policy making, regulation and market frameworks under future energy system scenarios and for new energy technologies. Focus on how technologies (in particular energy storage) can enable energy systems to operate with increasing flexibility.

Current research projects (at April 2014):

Principal Investigator


Previous research projects

  • Co-I on ‘Sub 1MW Cryogenic Low Emission Generators’ Feasibility Study, Innovate UK (131496), January 2014 – December 2014
  • PI for ‘Creating Business and Research Opportunities from the Development of Energy Storage Technologies’, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Prosperity Fund, May 2013 – March 2015

Other activities

  • University of Birmingham representative on Midlands Energy Consortium (MEC) Research Committee
  • Member of Birmingham City Council Energy and Resources Roundtable


  • Barbour, E., Wilson, I.A.G., Radcliffe, J., Ding, Y. & Li, Y., (2016) A review of pumped hydro energy storage development in significant international electricity markets, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 61: 421 – 432 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2016.04.019
  • Ding, Y., Li, Y., Li, D., Radcliffe, J. & Huang, Y. (2015), Chapter ‘Cryogenic Energy Storage’ in ‘Handbook of Clean Energy Systems’ Wiley DOI: 10.1002/9781118991978.hces200
  • Barbour, E., Wilson, I.A.G., Hall, P. & Radcliffe, J. (2014), Can negative electricity prices encourage inefficient electrical energy storage devices?, International Journal of Environmental Studies
  • Winskel, M., Radcliffe, J., Skea, J. & Wang, X. (2014) Remaking the UK's energy technology innovation system: From the margins to the mainstream, Energy Policy, 68: 591-602
  • Winskel, M. & Radcliffe, J. (2014) The Rise of Accelerated Energy Innovation and its Implications for Sustainable Innovation Studies: A UK Perspective, Science & Technology Studies, 27: 8-33

Reports, Letters, Articles etc

From previous roles

  • Reviewer and publisher of: ‘Liquid Air in the energy and transport systems: Opportunities for industry and innovation in the UK’, Centre for Low Carbon Futures (2013)

Lead author for:

  • ‘Delivering flexibility options for the energy system: priorities for innovation’, Energy Research Partnership (2012)
  • ‘The future role for energy storage in the UK’, Energy Research Partnership (2011)
  • ‘Energy Innovation Milestones to 2050’, Energy Research Partnership (2010)
  • ‘Assessing UK Energy Technologies’, Energy Research Partnership (2009)
  • ‘Strategic Decision Making for Technology Policy’, Council for Science and Technology (2007)
  • ‘Pathways to the future: the early careers of researcher in the UK’, Council for Science and Technology (2007)
  • ‘Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies: A Review of Government's Progress on its Policy Commitments’ Council for Science and Technology (2007)