Catherine is Principle Investigator of the ESRC/EPSRC interdisciplinary research cluster Energy Security in a Multi-Polar World (ESMW).
Catherine Mitchell is Professor of Energy Policy at Exeter University, having worked on energy issues since the early 1980s. She has worked previously as an academic in the Centre for Management Under Regulation at the Warwick Business School, University of Warwick (2000-2007); the Energy Group of the Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex (1990-2000); and the Energy and Resources Group, University of California, Berkeley (1999). Prior to that she was a journalist writing about oil and gas issues (1982-6).
Her undergraduate degree is History (London); her Masters was in Energy and Environmental Studies within the Geography Department of Boston University (USA); and her PhD is in the field of Technology and Innovation from the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex.
She is Lead Author (LA) of the Policy, Financing & Implementation Chapter of the IPCC (Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change) Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation 2008-2010; she is also Lead Analyst of sub-Chapter 13 (Policy) of Chapter 11 (Renewable Energy) of the Global Energy Assessment undertaken through the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) 2008-2010; she is a Member of the Balancing and Settlement Code Panel for England, Wales and Scotland (2008-2010); and she is Chairperson of the British Institute of Energy Economics.
Professor Catherine Mitchell was Co-Director at the UK Energy Research Centre with responsibility for policy and regulation within the infrastructure and supply theme during the first phase which ran from April 2004-2009 and continues in this role for Phase 2 which runs from April 2009-2013.
She has also advised numerous national and international companies, NGOs and institutions on various aspects of the transition to a sustainable energy system.
From 1998-2003 she was a member of the Government’s Energy Advisory Panel (two terms); in 2000 she was the renewable energy representative on the DTI/DETR/Ofgem Embedded Generation Working Group; in 2001-2 she was seconded to the Cabinet Office to work on the Strategy Unit’s Energy Review; in 2006-7 she was seconded to the Ministry of Economic Development in New Zealand to be an international advisor on their Energy Review. She is currently responsible for policy and regulation within the infrastructure and supply theme of the UK Energy Research Centre, 2004-9, Phase 1. While at Warwick, her group was the regulation and policy resource of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership, a G8 initiative. She has advised numerous national and international bodies, both Governmental and Non-Governmental.
Catherine teaches on the successful Masters programme in Energy Policy and Sustainability which is based at University of Exeter’s Cornwall Campus.