Professor Roger Kemp

Professorial Fellow

Research Interests

Roger Kemp is a professorial fellow (working part-time for the University). For several years he was Course Director of the postgraduate programme in Safety Engineering and lectured on UG programmes in electrical engineering and project management. He is also a regular contributor to the MSc programmes in Energy and the Environment in LEC. When he joined to University, he was particularly involved with energy use in transport and contributed to the Department for Transport white paper on sustainable transport. His earlier research interests also included the safety regulation of the nuclear industry as well as the energy use and safety regulation of transport systems.

Roger spent 4 years on the Engineering Policy Committee of the Royal Academy of Engineering and is a member of the IET Energy Policy Panel. He has provided advice for government departments and has given evidence to select committees. He has been an invited speaker at many conferences on energy use and is an Associate of the Cambridge Electricity Policy Research Group (EPRG). He was a member of a review group for the Chief Scientific Advisor on the use made of science and engineering in government, has chaired Royal Academy of Engineering working groups investigating the impact of the widespread adoption of electric vehicles and heat policy and has undertaken research for the Energy Technologies Institute on carbon reduction through modal shift.

Since 2012, Roger’s research focus has shifted to the future architecture of the GB electricity grid. The present network is basically the same as that inherited by the privatised industry from the CEGB and was designed for one-way transmission of electricity from large central power stations to passive consumers. Over the next decade, this will change dramatically as central power stations are retired and more use will be made of distributed renewables. With an increase in controllable loads, including the Internet of Things, smart systems and many thousands of new generators and “prosumers” the traditional command and control systems that worked with a few large generators will no longer be fit for purpose. He has contributed to the IET Power Networks Joint Vision (PNJV) work identifying this and undertook a study, funded by DECC, on how other sectors managed the technical architecture of a disaggregated system. He has also contributed to the National Grid activities on their System Operability Framework. He was a member of a working group established by the Royal Academy of Engineering to investigate the limitations on the penetration of wind energy, and was a member of the Project Delivery Board of a major study, funded by the Energy Systems Catapult, on GB’s Future Power Systems Architecture (FPSA).

Before joining the University in 2004, Roger was UK technical and safety director for Alstom Transport. He has worked extensively overseas on metro and high-speed rail projects and spent several years in Paris, latterly as project director of the consortium that designed and built the Eurostar trains. In 2016, he was awarded an MBE for services to engineering.

The sustainabilty of liquid biofuels
Kemp, R.J., Azapagic, A., Hall, J., Heaton, R., Ocone, R., Shah, N., Smith, P., Swithenbank, J., Chilvers, A., Jeswani, H. 1/07/2017 Royal Academy of Engineering. 92 p.
Commissioned report

Delivering a low-carbon electricity system in a liberalised market
Kemp, R.J. 07/2016 In: Delivering Energy Law and Policy in the EU and the US. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press p. 163-171. 9 p. ISBN: 9780748696789 (hardback), 9780748696796 (paperback). Electronic ISBN: 9780748696802 (pdf), 9780748696819 (ebook).

Scope for reduction in transport CO2 emissions by modal shift
Kemp, R.J. 05/2016 Energy Technologies Institute. 28 p.
Commissioned report

Living without electricity: one city's experience of coping with loss of power
Kemp, R.J. 2016 London : Royal Academy of Engineering. 30 p.
Other report

Quantitative risk management and its limits: a UK engineering perspective
Kemp, R.J. 2016 In: Routeledge Handbook of Risk Studies. London : Routledge p. 164-176. 13 p. ISBN: 9781138022867. Electronic ISBN: 9781315776835.

Transforming the electricity system: how other sectors have met the challenge of whole-system integration
Kemp, R.J. 2/10/2014 Institution of Engineering and Technology. 78 p.
Commissioned report

Wind energy: implications of the large-scale deployment on the GB electricity system
Walker, A., Trewby, J., Kemp, R.J., Green, R., Gross, R., Sterling, M., Harrison, G., Smith, R. 04/2014 Royal Academy of Engineering. 67 p.
Commissioned report

Heat - degrees of comfort?
Kemp, R. 01/2012 London : Royal Academy of Engineering. 56 p. ISBN: 1903496772.

Electric vehicles: charged with potential
Kemp, R., Blythe, P., Brace, C., James, P., Parry-Jones, R., Thielens, D., Thomas, M., Wenham, R., Urry, J. 06/2010 London : Royal Academy of Engineering. 52 p. ISBN: 190349656X.

Generating the future: UK energy systems fit for 2050
Kemp, R., Ion, S., Cumpsty, N., Fisk, D., Jenkins, N., Kelly, M., Loughhead, J., Roberts, J. 03/2010 London : Royal Academy of Engineering. 30 p. ISBN: 1 903496 54 3.

Benchmarking Transport Energy Consumption.
Kemp, R. 1/02/2007
Other contribution

We need nuclear, but in today's world don't expect the new players to be British.
Joyce, M.J., Nuttall, W.J., Squire, C., Kemp, R. 10/2006 In: Parliamentary Brief. 10, 10
Journal article

Regulating Safety in a Disaggregated Private Sector: A Challenge for New Build.
Kemp, R. 19/01/2006
Other contribution

Is the environment-friendly aircraft an oxymoron?
Kemp, R. 2006 In: Proceedings of the Royal Aeronautical Society conference..

Regulating incalculable risks : the link between risk measurement and risk regulation.
Kemp, R. 2006 In: Proceedings of the EPSRC network conference on risk perception and assessment in design..

Review of UK energy policy - transport.
Kemp, R. 2006 In: Proceedings of the IET Conference. IET Press
Conference contribution

Hydrogen offers no alternative to main line electrification.
Kemp, R.J. 2005 In: Railway Gazette International.
Journal article

Living up to the myth by enhancing the sustainability of rail.
Palacin, R., Kemp, R.J. 2005 In: Proceedings of the rail research UK (EPSRC) conference.

Safety regulation of nuclear new-build – what can we learn from the rail industry?
Kemp, R.J. 2005 In: Proceedings of the Electricity Policy Research Group (Cambridge University) - Winter Research Seminar.

The railways – a solution to transport energy demand?
Kemp, R.J. 2005 In: Energy World. 328, p. 10-12. 3 p.
Journal article

Will the lights go out?
Kemp, R.J. 2005 In: Summary of the proceedings of 1-day conference on UK energy policy.

Take the car and save the planet? The environmental impact of rail transport.
Kemp, R. 10/2004 In: Power Engineer. 18, 5, p. 12-17. 6 p.
Journal article

Protecting the Railways: the Management of Safety in a Fragmented Industry.
Kemp, R. 07/2003 In: Ingenia. 16, p. 35-39. 5 p.
Journal article