Chris Jones

University of Manchester

Research Associate

My work focuses on taking whole systems view of energy sector greenhouse gas emissions reductions. I use environmental life cycle assessment (LCA), techno-economic assessment and stakeholder based energy scenarios to investigate net environmental and financial impacts of transitions of low carbon technologies for energy systems.

I am currently working on the EPSRC MYSTORE project, assessing the environmental implications of different energy storage options. Prior to this I contributed life cycle environmental assessment and techno-economic assessment of buildings with rooftop PV to a whole systems project on the impact of high photovoltaics penetration (WISE-PV).  I have also applied these methods in projects with industrial partners, such as the Low Carbon Networks Fund Smart Street Project.

My PhD assessed the potential to use heat from nuclear reactors at potential new build sites in the UK using geo-spatial analysis and focus groups. In 2013 I spent three months at the Institute for Global Environmental Studies (IGES) in Japan. Prior to academic research I was an energy market analyst working on supply chain analysis and market forecasts for oil, gas and renewables sectors.

Research Interests


  • Whole Systems Research
  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • Techno-economics
  • Photovoltaics
  • Low Carbon Heating
  • Energy Storage
  • Energy Scenarios