Harry Van Der Weijde

Harry Van Der Weijde, MEI FHEA

DR, Prof

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My research in a nutshell

I am an applied economist and mathematician, trying to answer economic questions about engineering systems (energy and transportation) using mathematical tools, such as optimisation and complementarity modelling

Research Interests

My main interest is in modelling electricity and transport networks and markets, how they respond to policy decisions and how (new) technologies will change their functioning. I use these to:

  • Analyse interactions between electricity, financial and carbon markets, and especially the the role that financial markets play in mitigating investment risk in electricity. 
  • Investigate optimal market design for energy markets
  • Quantify the benefits of new technologies, including renewables, storage, and grid technology in electricity systems and markets, and analysis of the revenue streams available to investors in these new technologies.

In all of the above, I often use optimisation or equilibrium models. I also have an interest in further developing these models and their solution methods, especially stochastic and risk-averse modelling methods.

I am interested in a wide range of applications, including in the US, UK, mainland Europe, Chile, as well as the developing world where markets and/or physical energy systems are still underdeveloped.

I am Co-investigator in the UK National Centre for Energy Systems Integration, work package leader of the energy markets and policy work in the EU-funded ENSYSTRA Marie Curie Initial Training Network, Co-investigator in the EPSRC-funded "Realising Energy Storage in Low-Carbon Networks" project, as well as Co-I and PI of several smaller projects. I work part-time at the Alan Turing Institute for Data Science in London, where I look at quantifying the value of new data sources in energy markets.

Research students

  • Andrew Kilmartin: market design to support energy transitions in the North Sea area.
  • Esteve Borras Mora (IDCORE, working with EDF): modelling uncertainty in the planning of offshore wind farms, including advanced sensitivity analysis and interactions between project finance constraints and wind farm planning.
  • Eduardo Rosales Ortega: the role of energy storage in emerging economies


  • Course Organiser and lecturer, Energy & Environmental Economics, MSc Sustainable Energy Systems
  • Course Organiser and lecturer, Modern Economic Issues in Industry 5/MSc, Engineering MEng/MSc programmes
  • Guest lecturer, Energy & Climate, Online MSc Carbon Management (School of Geosciences)
  • Personal Tutor

Visiting and Research Positions

  • Humboldt Experienced Research Fellow, Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (2021-22)
  • Turing Fellow, The Alan Turing Institute, London
  • EnCN Fellow, Energie Campus Nürnberg
  • Associate Researcher, Energy Policy Research Group, University of Cambridge

Education/Academic qualification

Academic Practice, Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice , University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 5 Jul 2019

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Award Date: 1 Jan 2015

Master of Science, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jan 2009

Bachelor of Arts, University College Roosevelt

Award Date: 1 Jan 2008

External positions

EnCN Fellow, Energie Campus Nürnberg

2019 → …

Schoeller Fellow, FAU, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg


Turing Fellow, The Alan Turing Institute

1 Oct 2017 → …

Associate Researcher, Univ Cambridge, Judge Business Sch, Elect Policy Res Grp


  • HB Economic Theory
  • HE Transportation and Communications
  • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
  • TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering


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