The UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) carries out world-class, interdisciplinary research into sustainable future energy systems.

Our whole systems research programme addresses the challenges and opportunities presented by the transition to a net zero energy system and economy.

How we work

UKERC is an independent research centre, with researchers based in 20 different institutions throughout the UK, these are: Cardiff University, Chatham House, Durham University, Imperial College London, Lancaster University, Newcastle University, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Science and Technology Facilities Council, University College London, University of Aberdeen, University of Bath, University of East Anglia, University of Edinburgh, University of Exeter, University of Leeds, University of Manchester, University of Oxford, University of Southampton, University of Strathclyde and  the University of Warwick.

UKERC’s activities are overseen by a committee consisting of the UKERC Director, Professor Rob Gross, and eleven Co-Directors, and is advised by an independent Advisory Board. Find out about our history and governance here.

Our headquarters are based in the Bartlett School of  Environment, Energy and Resources at UCL, where five professional services and research staff work. The HQ team delivers our central activities which supports both the research programme and the wider UK energy research community. Activities include engaging with stakeholders, supporting career development and capacity building, and enhancing international collaboration.

Our Funders

UKERC is funded through via the UK Research and Innovation, Energy Programme, by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research CouncilNatural Environment Research Council and Economic and Social Research Council.

International Representation

UKERC also acts a focal point for UK energy research and a gateway between the UK and the international energy research communities. We work to strengthen the UK’s presence as a major global player in energy research, and to provide a focal point for international collaboration.

We help to shape initiatives of mutual interest, connect UK expertise to international initiatives, and disseminate intelligence about opportunities to UK researchers.