Prof Gareth Harrison

Deputy Head of School and Bert Whittington Chair



+44(0)131 6505583


4.124 Faraday Building

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Engineering Discipline: 

  • Electronics and Electrical Engineering

Research Institute: 

  • Energy Systems

Research Theme: 

  • Energy and Climate Change
  • Energy Policy, Economics and Innovation
  • Energy Storage and Carbon Capture
  • Offshore Renewable Energy
  • Power Systems
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Professor Gareth Harrison


Professor Gareth Harrison is Bert Whittington Chair of Electrical Power Engineering and Deputy Head of the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. He holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Doctorate from the same institution.

He leads research activity across a wide area including integration of renewable energy within multi-vector energy systems, renewable resource assessment, climate change impacts on energy systems; and carbon footprints of energy systems.

He is Associate Director of the National Centre for Energy Systems Integration (CESI), was previously Principal Investigator of the Adaptation and Resilience in Energy Systems project and is currently a Co-investigator on a range of EPSRC and InnovateUK projects covering energy storage, hydrogen, conventional generation and offshore renewable energy.

Professor Harrison is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and an Affiliate of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Academic Qualifications: 

  • BEng (Hons) Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, University of Edinburgh, 1997
  • PhD Electrical Power Engineering, University of Edinburgh, 2001

Professional Qualifications and Memberships: 


  • Interdisciplinary Group Design Project [MEng]
  • Sustainable Energy Group Design Project [MSc]
  • MSc Dissertation

Research Interests: 

My research activity covers a wide range of areas including:

  • Grid integration of renewable energy
  • Renewable resource assessment using high performance computing
  • Climate change impacts on electricity systems
  • Multi-vector energy systems/energy systems integration
  • Carbon footprints of energy systems


  • Renewable resource assessment
  • Network Integration of Renewable Energy
  • Multi-vector energy systems/energy systems integration
  • Climate Change Impacts on Renewable Energy
  • Life cycle assessment (or carbon footprints)