Ronan Bolton's profile

Dr Ronan Bolton




Science Technology and Innovation Studies

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+44 (0)131 650 6366


2.29 Chisholm House

High School Yards

Edinburgh, UK


I am an interdisciplinary energy researcher with a background in mechanical engineering and environmental social science. My work examines the interconnected policy, market and regulatory challenges of transforming carbon based energy systems and enabling the development of lower carbon energy infrastructure. I have a particular interest in sustainability transitions research and the study of electricity market design processes.


PhD, Energy Policy, University of Leeds

MSc, Environmental Sustainability, University of Edinburgh

BEng, Mechanical Engineering, National University of Ireland Galway

Research Interests

Climate change and energy policy energy policy and politics Technology and society sociology of markets Sustainability

Current Projects

Reframing Energy Demand: Innovation for Sustainable Heat: An EPSRC funded project investigating the politics of sustainable heat pathways in the UK, Germany and Denmark. We collaborate with the Centre for Innovation in Energy Demand based at SPRU

European Energy Policy and Markets: A study of the emergence and development of the the EU’s Internal Electricity Market (IEM), with a particular focus on implications for Scottish and UK energy system transitions. The project is funded by the Scottish Government through  ClimateXChange

InGrid - Integration of Power Transmission Grids: Researching Integration of Power Transmission Grids - Prospects and Challenges at National and European Levels in advancing the energy transition. Funded by the Norwegian Research Council through the ENERGIX programme

Dr Ronan Bolton has not added any teaching activity to this section yet.

PhD Topics

I am interested in supervising PhDs in: Socio-technical Systems, UK and International Energy Policy, Future of Energy Markets, Infrastructure Governance and Climate Change

Find out more about the programmes that I am involved with:

PhD in Science and Technology Studies

My full publication list is available here.