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Professor Stefán 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

- Integration of social and technical aspects of energy demand

- Urban energy system modelling (socio-technical and physical drivers of demand)

- Technology and energy demand

- Energy-environment system interactions

- Complexity in energy system modelling

Postgraduate supervision

-Josephine Gwen Lloyd-Papworth: Managing effects of weather through advanced analytics

-Christina Bristow: Urban typologies for understanding infrastructural dynamics of UK heat supply

-Oluwaafemi Faleye: Energy demand flexibility

-Isabella Capel-Timms: Modelling dynamics of urban anthropogenic heat emissions

-Mitchell Curtis: Development of a profile-based electricity demand response estimation method

-Alan Halford: Weather impact forecasting on the telecommunication networks

-Ana Rodriguez-Arguelles: Improving small power energy estimations for energy audits in offices

-Thomas Chung: The radiative performance of urban trees




CE1NMP – Introduction to Numerical Modelling and Programming (UG Year1)

CE2NMP – Numerical Modelling and Programming (UG Year 2)

Contributing to:

CEM10A - Research Skills (MSc)

CEM10/18/19B - Dissertation Supervision (MSc)

CEM220 - Urban Sustainability (MSc)

CEM107 - Management and Design of Sustainable Built Environments (MSc)

CE1EMA - Engineering Mathematics (UG)

CE3CCD - Dissertation Supervision (UG)


Professor Smith's research addresses questions on energy system dynamics, energy demand, and associated environmental impacts. Through his work, Dr. Smith has had significant involvement in the development, use, and evaluation of models for the purpose of understanding energy demand in the context of socio-technical systems and physical (environmental) system processes. His work has been applied to issues of energy demand-side management, building environmental control systems, urban heat fluxes, pollution exposure modelling, and climate change resilience and adaptation studies.

Academic qualifications

- Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice 2016 (University of Reading)

- PhD 2009 (University of Nottingham, Built Environment)

- MSc 2002 (University of Glasgow, Computer Science)

- BSc in Physics (Hons) 2001 (University of Nottingham, Physics)

Professional bodies/affiliations

- Member of the Institute of Physics

- Member of the Energy Institute

- Member of the International Association of Urban Climatology

- Fellow of the Higher Education Association


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