Professor of Energy Policy
University of Exeter
Catherine Mitchell is Professor of Energy Policy at the University of Exeter. Previously she worked at the Universities of Warwick, Sussex and California, Berkeley. She holds a PhD from SPRU, Sussex University in Technology and Innovation Policy. Catherine is currently working on an Established Career Fellowship with the EPSRC (2012-2016, Innovation and Governance for a Sustainable Economy, IGov) on the relationship between innovation and governance. As part of this, she has taken up Visiting Professorships in the Energy and Resource Group, UCal Berkeley; the Centre for Global Energy Policy at the University of Columbia, NY; and at the Environmental Policy Research Centre at FFU in Berlin. Catherine is about to take up an extension of her Established Career Fellowship (October 2016-2019, Innovation and Governance for Future Energy Systems, IGov2). She is the Chair of the Regulatory Assistance Project; is on the Editorial Advisory Board of Nature Energy; is on the Board of the GB Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit and the Centre for Sustainable Energy; and is a Member of IPPRs Policy Advisory Committee. Catherine was a Lead Author in the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report (2014), a Co-ordinating Lead Author of the IPCC’s Special Report on Renewable Energy and Climate Change Mitigation (2011); and a Lead Analyst on the Global Energy Assessment undertaken through the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) (2012). She has served on several panels advising the government, including the Energy Advisory Panel (1998-2003); and has been a Member of several industry panels, for example, the Balancing and Settlement Code Panel (2008-2010). She chaired the British Institute of Energy Economics in 2009-10, and has advised numerous national and international companies, NGOs and institutions on various aspects of the transition to a sustainable energy system.