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Security and Resilience Lead

Dr David Greenwood is an Academic Track Fellow in Whole Systems Approaches to Energy at Newcastle University.

His research focusses on the relationship between uncertainty and flexibility in energy systems. It looks at how flexibility can be used to improve resilience and security of supply.

The energy systems in his projects range from local microgrids – with the option to operate as autonomous energy islands – through to transnational coupled gas-electric networks.

He actively works with industry, particularly network and system operators. He is the International UK’s National Expert in the Smart Grid Action Network’s Smart Grid Academy.

David Greenwood

Dr Zoya Pourmirza is a Research Associate in the School of Engineering at Newcastle University. She investigates Energy Systems Digitalisation by bringing together two strategic areas of digital technologies and energy systems. Her work focusses on design and development of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) architecture for smart energy networks, efficient data communication, cyber security, and innovative business models for energy systems.

Dr Pourmirza has served as a policy advisor for the Department for Transport (DfT) working on cybersecurity framework for Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations, to inform policy and relevant standards and regulatory approaches.

She was also involved in the UKRI Research and Innovation Infrastructure Roadmap (UKRI-RIIR) as the lead researcher to identify the current landscape and future key research infrastructure for the energy sector, to inform policy makers in order to meet the UK Government 2050 carbon targets.

Our centre

The Centre currently has over 140 members from all job families who can link to one or multiple themes.

If you are already a member of the Centre and would like to be considered for the role of Working Group member for the Security and Resilience theme, please complete an Expression of Interest.

If you have any queries, please contact or our theme lead.