Global Energy Research Network

Part of the University's Global Research Priority on Energy, the WBS Global Energy Research Network seeks to increase the University's research capacity by exploring the new, global frameworks that will enable companies and countries to meet future demands for affordable and sustainable energy, while still achieving their goals for economic growth and development. 

Global Energy research arises from the School's long-standing interest in understanding the role of business when society faces major challenges. We combine fundamental research into management practices with a topical view on their implications for businesses, policy and society. 

Our research aims to address two key questions: 

  • How are the evolving economic forces and new patterns of economic growth across the world leading to changes in industry structures, new business models and changes in management practices across the energy sector? 

  • What is the evolving relationship between industry and governments through policy-making, regulation, international relations and global frameworks? 

As part of our research, we work with a wide range of stakeholders including business organisations, regulators, governments, charities and NGOs, and we welcome approaches from organisations and groups who wish to support or learn more about our research. 

Partnerships include: 

Professor Mike Bradshaw, a member of the Network, also leads the University’s Energy Global Research Priority. For more information on the Energy GRP, please see here.

Head of Network: Professor David Elmes

Latest research news

Sustainability
Is the green transition forcing up energy prices?

Soaring energy prices are affecting many countries, especially the UK. Michael Bradshaw, Professor of Global Energy, explains what is going on and why prices will stay high for 2022 and beyond.

Sustainability
Is it really a green post-pandemic recovery?

Governments are spending billions, if not trillions, in their attempts to recover, avoid recession and restore growth. This presents an opportunity to re-engineer economies to 'build back better', making economic recovery 'green' and sustainable.

Sustainability
Gas price crisis: why is the UK suffering a gas shortage?

The gas price crisis has lifted the lid on the UK's stark energy resources and the threat of the lights going out this winter. Michael Bradshaw details the web of complexities that has put the country in such a precarious position.