School of Earth and Environment

Stephen  Hall Dr Stephen Hall

Research Fellow

Telephone number: +44(0) 113 34 32663
Email address: S.Hall@leeds.ac.uk
Room: 10.112

Affiliation: Sustainability Research Institute

Biography

Dr Stephen Hall currently holds an EPSRC fellowship investigating deep decarbonisation of cities. He is interested in the links between low carbon innovation, economics, energy, climate change and society. In particular he is interested in the role of cities and regions in delivering infrastructures compatible with low carbon futures.

Steve has undertaken international work on urban emissions modelling, infrastructure finance and energy decarbonisation. Steve has recently published research on innovative business models for energy transitions, how finance and ownership models have both technical and social effects on energy systems, and how cities can play a key role in decentralised energy expansion. Steve’s work has been incorporated into national energy policy, used by the Infrastructure Commission, and adopted by the International Energy Agency.

Steve's work on the 'Innovation Interface' between smart cities, smart grids and electric vehicles is now live!

Qualifications

PhD Sustainable Infrastructure - University of Hull

MSc Sustainable Resource Management - Univeristy of Hull

BSc Countryside Management - University of Hull (Bishop Burton College)

Memberships/Fellowships

Associate member of the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy - www.cccep.ac.uk/Home.aspx

Member of the International Society for Ecological Economics - http://www.isecoeco.org/

Associate Research Fellow at the Bauman Institute http://baumaninstitute.leeds.ac.uk/

Research Interests

  • Infrastructure finance
  • Ecological Economics
  • Energy Transitions
  • Urban energy systems and resource planning
  • Urban political economy
  • Low - carbon infrastructure
  • Sustainable economic development

Publications

Journal Articles

Colenbrander S, Gouldson AP, Roy J, Kerr N, Hall S, Sudmant A, Sarkar S, Ghatak A, Chakravarty D, Gangly D, McAnulla F; (2026) Can Low Carbon Urban Development be Pro Poor? The case of Kolkata, India, Environment and Urbanisation, 1–20. DOI: 10.1177/0956247816677775

Karatayev, M., Hall, S., Kalyuzhnova, Y. and Clarke, M.L., 2016. Renewable energy technology uptake in Kazakhstan: Policy drivers and barriers in a transitional economy. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 66, pp.120-136.http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2016.07.057

Hall, S., & Roelich, K.E., (2016) Business model innovation in electricity supply markets: the role of complex value in the United Kingdom, Energy Policy,doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2016.02.019

Hall, S., Foxon, T.J., Bolton, R. (2016) "Financing the civic energy sector: How financial institutions affect ownership models in Germany and the United Kingdom." Energy Research & Social Science 12: 5-15.doi:10.1016/j.erss.2015.11.004

Bolton, R., Foxon, T.J., Hall, S., (2015), Energy transitions and uncertainty: Creating low carbon investment opportunities in the UK electricity sector Environment and Planning C, DOI: 10.1177/0263774X15619628

Gouldson, A., Colenbrander, S., Sudmant., A., Papargyropoulou, E., Kerr, N., McAnulla, F., Hall, S., (2015) Cities and Climate Change Mitigation: Economic opportunities and governance challenges in Asia, Cities, doi:10.1016/j.cities.2015.10.010

Gouldson, A., Colenbrander, S., Sudmant, A., McAnulla, F., Kerr, N., Sakai, P., Hall, S., Papargyropoulou, E., Kuylenstierna, Y., (2015) Exploring the Economic Case for Climate Action in Cities, Global Environmental Change, 35, pp.93-105. doi: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2015.07.009

Hall, S., Foxon T.J., Bolton, R., (2015) Investing in low carbon transitions: Energy finance as an Adaptive Market, Climate Policy, doi: 10.1080/14693062.2015.1094731

Foxon, T. J., Bale, C. S., Busch, J., Bush, R., Hall, S., & Roelich, K. (2015). Low carbon infrastructure investment: extending business models for sustainability. Infrastructure Complexity, 2(1), 1-13. doi:10.1186/s40551-015-0009-4

Hall, S., Foxon, T.J., (2014) Values in the Smart Grid: the co-evolving political economy of smart distribution, Energy Policy, doi: 10.1016/j.enpol.2014.08.018

Hall, S., & Jonas, A. E. (2014). Urban fiscal austerity, infrastructure provision and the struggle for regional transit in Motor City. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, (2014) 7 (1): 189-206. doi: 10.1093/cjres/rst031

Johnson, V., Hall, S., (2014) Community energy and equity: The distributional implications of a transition to a decentralised electricity system, People, Place and Policy, 8/3, pp. 149-167. doi: 10.3351/ppp.0008.0003.0002

Reports and Working Papers

Hall, S., Shepherd, SP., Wadud, Z., (2017) The Innovation Interface: Business model innovation for electric vehicle futures, University of Leeds; Supported by the Future Cities Catapult and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Hall, S., Roelich, K.E., (2015) Local Electricity Supply: Opportunities, archetypes and outcomes. Ibuild/RTP Independent Report. March 2015, Available online at: https://research.ncl.ac.uk/ibuild/outputs/local_electricity_supply_report_WEB.pdf

Hall, S., Foxon T.J., Bolton, R., (2015) The New Civic Energy Sector; civil society institutions and energy infrastructure transitions in Germany and the UK, Realising Transition Pathways Working Papers 2015/01

Hall, S., with Barton, J., Emmanuel-Yusuf, D., Johnson, J., Longhurst, N., Grady, A., Robertson, E., Robinson, E., Sherry-Brennan, F., Cited as: Realising Transition Pathways Engine Room (2015). Distributing Power: A transition to a civic energy future. Realising Transition Pathways Research Consortium.

Gouldson, A., Colenbrander, S., McAnulla, F., Sudmant, A., Kerr, N., Sakai, P., Hall, S. and Kuylenstierna, J. C. I., 2014. Exploring the Economic Case for Low-Carbon Cities. New Climate Economy contributing paper. Sustainability Research Institute, University of Leeds, and Stockholm Environment Institute, York, UK.

Gouldson, A; Colenbrander, S; Kerr, N; McAnulla, F; Hall, S; Sudmant, A; Roy, J; Sarkar, S; Ghatak, A; Chakravarty, D; Ganguly, D. (2014). The Economics of Low Carbon Cities. Kolkata, India . Leeds, UK. Available from http://www.climatesmartcities.org/

Foxon, T.J; Hall, S. (2014) Economic evaluation of passive provision in sustainable energy provision In: Brown, A; Robertson, M (Eds); Economic evaluation of systems of infrastructure provision: concepts, approaches, methods, iBUILD/Leeds Report

Hall, S. (2013)Securing the Green Economy, city strategies for exploiting green growth, In Monaghan, E; Wurzel, R; Jonas, A.E.G; Gibbs, D; Connelly J and Eden, S (2013) New Climate Alliances.

National and International Press

Hall, S., (2015) Is distributed energy the future of power? Agenda, World Economic Forum.

  • Also reproduced in Hall, S., (2015) Green power! Civic energy could provide half our electricity by 2050, The Ecologist, March 2015.

Hall, S., Roelich, K.E., (2015) ‘Big six’ energy firms should be wary of the little six thousand, The Conversation, March 2015

Hall, S., (2015) What is civic energy and why is it important now? APSE Direct News, January February 2015

Recent (selected) Conference Papers

Hall, S., (2015) Urban Energy Transitions, British Council Newton Al Farabi Partnership workshop, Astana, August 2015

Hall, S., Foxon, T.J., Bolton, R., (2015) Investing in low carbon transitions: Energy finance as an Adaptive Market, European Society FOR Ecological Economics 11th Biennial Conference, Leeds 2015

Hall S., Jonas, A.E.G., (2015), Networks of Power: Financing smart grids and urban economic development , American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, 21-25 April 2015, Chicago Session Title: Financing and Governing Infrastructure

Hall, S., (2015) Low carbon urbanisation: Economics of emission reductions in fast growing cities Sustainable cities workshop: L. N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University, Astana (Kazakhstan), 26th-30th January, 2015

Hall, S., Foxon, T.J., Bolton, R., (2014) The new ‘civic’ energy sector: implications for ownership, governance and financing of low carbon energy infrastructure, International Workshop on Sustainable Heating Provisions and Cities: Theory, Practice and Future Implications, Edinburgh, 2‑3 October 2014

Hall, S., Foxon, T.J., Bolton, R., (2014) The new ‘civic’ energy sector: implications for ownership, governance and financing of low carbon energy infrastructure, British Institute of Energy Economics, 10th Academic Conference, September 17th – 18th 2014, St John’s College, Oxford

Hall, S., Foxon, T.J., (2014), Values in the Smart Grid: the co-evolving political economy of smart distribution , ESEIA Smart Green Transitions Conference at the University of Twente, 25th April 2014

Hall, S., Jonas, A.E.G., (2013) Urban crisis and the struggle for regional transit in motor city, Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, 9-13th April, 2013.

Publications