Dr Gavin Harper

Dr Gavin Harper

School of Physics and Astronomy
Faraday Institution Research Fellow

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Room 2B14 (QT Hub)
Metallurgy & Materials Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Gavin Harper is a Faraday Institution Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham. 

Gavin was co-ordinator for the Birmingham Energy Policy Commission “Doing Cold Smarter” and is currently working on a new Policy Commission “Secure Future Energy Systems”.


  • PhD, Cardiff
  • MBA Education, Keele
  • MSc Renewable Energy Systems Technology, Loughborough
  • MSc Social Science Research Methods (Business & Management), Cardiff
  • MSc Architecture: Advanced Environmental & Energy Studies, East London
  • BEng (Hons) Engineering, Open
  • BSc (Hons) Technology, Open
  • Professional Certificate: Energy Innovation & Emerging Technology, Stanford.


Gavin Harper is the Faraday Institution Research at the University of Birmingham. 

Gavin holds Honours degrees in Engineering and Technology from the Open University. He went on to study an MSc. in sustainable architecture with the University of East London based at the Centre for Alternative Technology. He later went on to study a Masters’ in Renewable Energy with Loughborough’s Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology.

His doctoral research was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, and he completed Masters’ in Research Methods and his PhD at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University. He holds an MBA in Education Management from Keele.

He has written a number of books on sustainable technology for Mc-Graw Hill, New York, these have been translated into Chinese, Korean and Italian.

Other activities

He sits on the Advisory Council of the National Energy Foundation and has presented evidence to the International Energy Agency.

  • Fellow of the Royal Society for the promotion of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology
  • Member of the Chartered Management Institute
  • Chartered Manager


Journal Articles:

  • Harper, G.D.J, Rowlands-Jones, R.L., Irvine, S.J.C. (2014), "A Skills and Training Needs Analysis for Solar Photovoltaics a Welsh and UK Perspective", Educational Alternatives, ISSN 1313-2571
  • Harper, G.D.J. & Wells, P.E., (2012) “Diverse regional sustainability strategies: template for the future or squandered resources?”, International Journal of Automotive Technology Management, Volume 12, No. 2, pp.153-171
  • Harper, G.D.J. & Peattie, K., (2011) “Tracking the Influence of the First Special Journal Issue on ‘Green Marketing’: A Citation Network Analysis”, Social Business, Volume 1, No. 3, Autumn 2011 , pp. 239-261(23)


  • Bull, J. & Harper, G.D.J., (2010) “Small Scale Wind Generation: A Practical Guide”, Ramsbury, Wiltshire: Crowood Press, 160. ISBN: 978-1847972101
  • Harper, G.D.J., (2008) "Domestic Solar Energy", Ramsbury, Wiltshire: Crowood Press, 144. ISBN:978-1847970602
  • Harper, G.D.J., (2008) "Fuel Cell Projects for the Evil Genius", New York, NY: Mc Graw Hill/TAB Electronics, 196. ISBN:978-0071496599
  • Harper, G.D.J., (2007) "Solar Energy Projects for the Evil Genius", New York, NY: Mc Graw Hill, 196. ISBN:978-0071477727
  • Starbuck, J. & Harper, G.D.J., (2008) "Run Your Diesel Vehicle on Biofuels: A Do-Yourself Manual", New York, NY: Mc Graw Hill/TAB Electronics, 264. ISBN:978-0071600439

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