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Dr Stefan Thor Smith

Dr Stefan Thor Smith, Associate Professor in Energy Systems in the Built Environment at the University of Reading

Research Division Lead     



Building location

Chancellor's Building

Areas of interest

Integrating energy system models with urban and regional scale meteorology, Stefan's research addresses questions on energy system dynamics, demand, and associated environmental impacts. More specifically, his research focuses on issues relating to energy demand and supply and the interplay between energy and environmental conditions.

Through his work, Stefan has had significant involvement in the development, use, and evaluation of models for the purpose of understanding how energy systems are influenced by environmental conditions and in turn, how energy use impacts on environment.

Stefan's research addresses understanding of energy systems through modelling at different temporal and spatial scales; issues relating to climate change (resilience and adaptation) in the context of the built environment; and weather-informed probabilistic decision making. His research predominantly centres on the dynamics of energy systems and meteorology in an urban context.

Postgraduate supervision

  • Josie G Lloyd-Papworth (first year) - weather delays, uncertainty and decision making for infrastructure projects 
  • Isabella Capel-Timms (third year) - agent-based modelling of anthropogenic heat flux in cities
  • Alan Halford (fourth year) - impacts of weather and climate on telecommunications (BT and TSBE Centre)
  • Mitchell Curtis (fourth year) - energy demand response modelling and metering data disaggregation (Kiwi Power and TSBE Centre)
  • Thomas Chung (fourth year) - radiative performance of urban trees (Forest Research and TSBE Centre)
  • Ana Rodriguez Arguelles (fourth year) - on energy auditing and uncertainty (AECOM and TSBE Centre).

Research centres and groups

  • Reading Energy Research Network

  • University of Reading Energy and Environmental Engineering Research Group

  • Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS).

Research projects


  • Associate Professor in Energy Systems and the Built Environment, University of Reading (2019–present)
  • Lecturer in Energy Systems and the Built Environment, University of Reading (2012–2019)
  • Research Fellow Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development, De Montfort University (2008–2012).

Academic qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Physics, University of Nottingham

  • MSc, Glasgow University

  • PhD, University of Nottingham

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice.

Professional bodies/affiliations

  • Environmental Physics Group Committee Member, Institute of Physics
  • Member of the Institute of Physics
  • Member of the Energy Institute
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Association