School of Mathematics

Chris Dent

Chancellor's Fellow
The University of Edinburgh The School of Mathematics Room: 6222 James Clerk Maxwell Building, The King's Buildings, Peter Guthrie Tait Road Edinburgh EH9 3FD Scotland
Tel: Work 0131 650 5064

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Biographical Statement

Chris Dent grew up in Bury, south Lancashire. He read Mathematics at Peterhouse, Cambridge, before studying for his PhD in Theoretical Physics at Loughborough and spending four years as a Physics postdoc at Heriot-Watt and Marburg Universities. In 2005-6 he studied for the MSc in Operational Research at Edinburgh, and spent the subsequent ten years as a postdoc (Edinburgh and Durham Universities) and then academic (Durham) in energy systems modelling.

His principle research interests lie in methodology for security of supply risk analysis, and in large scale techno-economic modelling of energy systems - he also takes a much broader interest in energy systems analysis, including statistical modelling for reliability assessment, optimization of power system operation, energy system planning, integrated energy systems, renewable resource modelling, and the use of modelling evidence in policy and planning decisions. His most prominent industrial work has been in assisting National Grid with design of the GB Electricity Capacity Assessment Study since 2011.

In addition to his main appointment at Edinburgh, he is a Turing Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute for Data Science. In 2012 he won the IET Mike Sargeant Young Engineer Career Achievement Award, and he has also won a Durham University Award for Excellent in Research Impact. He is a Fellow of the OR Society, a Chartered Engineer, and a Senior Member of the IEEE. When not doing research on the boundary between industrial mathematics and energy systems analysis, he enjoys playing the cello and hillwalking (in 2009 he became Munroist 4475.)

Dr. Dent is interested in taking on PhD students in any of his areas of interest, particularly in operational and planning optimization, uncertainty quantification in large scale energy system models, security of supply risk analysis, statistical modelling of renewable resource, and people/institutional aspects of the use of modelling in public policy decsions.

Education Background

  • 2005-6 MSc in Operational Research, University of Edinburgh
  • 1998-2001 PhD in Theoretical Physics, Loughborough University
  • 1994-97 MA in Mathematics, University of Cambridge

Previous Employment

  • 2011-16 Senior Lecturer in Energy Systems Modelling (Lecturer 2011-14), School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, Durham University
  • 2013-16 Co-Director for Impact (Impact Fellow 2013-15), Durham Energy Institute
  • 2009-11 Research Fellow, School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, Durham University
  • 2007-9 Research Fellow, Institute for Energy Systems, University of Edinburgh