School of Social and Political Science

Dr Helen Poulter

Job Title

Research Fellow

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Building (Address)

Chisholm House

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High School Yards

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Research interests

Research interests

energy regulation, customer engagement, social value in energy, decentralistion, energy governance, sustainability, climate change and energy policy, behaviour change interventions, energy justice

My research is primarily concerned with the governance of local and regional energy systems. I am investigating the role of regulation in meeting the UK net-zero target which will require an increase in trust from customers towards the energy industry and institutions to ensure a fair and just transition.

Current projects

UKERC Theme 2 - Local and regional energy systems: Investigating regulatory governance for decentralisation

Completed projects

IGov2 - Innovation for future energy systems (PhD funding)

UKERC mini project - Governance for disruption and continuity


I am an interdisciplinary research fellow with a background in energy governance, renewable energy engineering and land management. I am currently working on a UKERC project investigating the use of customer engagement strategies in the regulation of monopoly energy networks and how customer engagement may need to be framed for an increasingly decentralised energy system.


Poulter, H. 2020. Australia: from central electricity to solar/storage systems. In: Burger, C et al (eds.), Decentralised Energy. London: Ubiquity Press. DOI:

Judson, E., Fitch-Roy, O., Pownall, T., Bray, R., Poulter, H., Soutar, I., R. Lowes, P.M. Connor, J.Britton, B.Woodman, Mitchell, C. (2020). The centre cannot (always) hold: Examining pathways towards energy system de-centralisation. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 118.

UKERC. (2019). Disrupting the UK energy system: causes, impacts and policy implications, (June), 40.

Publications by user content

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Poulter H, Bolton R. Remaking the regulatory model? Taking stock of ten years of customer engagement in Britain’s energy networks. Energy Research & Social Science. 2021 Nov 29;85. 102389.
Poulter H. Australia: From central electricity to solar/storage systems. In Burger C, Froggatt A, Mitchell C, Weinmann J, editors, Decentralised Energy: A Global Game Changer. 1 ed. London: Ubiquity Press Ltd. 2020. p. 25-46