Dr Richard Snape

Job: VC2020 Senior Lecturer

Faculty: Technology

School/department: School of Engineering and Sustainable Development

Research group(s): Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development (IESD)

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44116 250 6855

E: jsnape@dmu.ac.uk

W: snapey.our.dmu.ac.uk

Social Media: twitter.com/snapey1979


Personal profile

Richard studied Engineering at King’s College, Cambridge from 1998-2002, specialising in Electronic and Information Sciences in his 3rd and 4th year. He graduated with a First Class MA in Engineering and MEng with Merit in Electronic and Information Sciences. During his studies he was sponsored by and worked for a large Automotive company, amongst other things developing a benchmarking solution for Adaptive Cruise Control. Since then he worked for 18 months in a medium sized software development company developing Java based mail server and webmail software, as part of an integrated telecoms solution. He then moved into the railway sector and worked most recently as a Signals Availability Manager on the London Underground, managing a department of approximately 80 staff.

He returned to academia in 2010, to study for an MPhil and PhD working within the Complex Adaptive Systems, Cognitive Agents and Distributed Energy (CASCADE) project. The PhD's working title is “Modelling the effect of adoption behaviour on paths to the Smart Grid”. Richard has wide interests in the sustainable energy field, particularly in Agent Based Modelling, the effect of large scale introduction of distributed and sustainable energy sources into the electricity distribution network and the effect of consumer behaviour on overall energy consumption.

Richard is currently a Research Fellow in the Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development at DMU, working on the Agent-based Modelling of the Electricity Network (AMEN) project - http://gow.epsrc.ac.uk/NGBOViewGrant.aspx?GrantRef=EP/K033492/

Publications and outputs 

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Research interests/expertise

Smart Grids:

  • integrated modelling of technical, economic and social components of the smart grid
  • research into (sometimes competing) scenarios for potential future smart grids
  • investigating transitions between the status quo and potential smart grids

Renewable energy:

  • the effect of large scale introduction of distributed and sustainable energy sources into the electricity distribution network
  • the effect of consumer behaviour on overall energy consumption
  • The effect of consumer behaviour on technology adoption

Transition in Socio-technical systems:

  • theoretical perspectives on socio-technical system transition
  • effect of policy on socio-technical transitions

Complexity Science and Complex Adaptive Systems:

  • Agent Based Modelling
  • Complexity in socio-technical systems
  • Mathematics of complexity


Meng - Engineering and Information Sciences Tripos

MA (Cantab) – Engineering – Class I

Membership of professional associations and societies

Member of European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy — ECEEE, 2011 - present.

Conference attendance

Rethink, Renew, Restart - ECEEE 2013 Summer Study conference, 3-6 June 2013, Presqu'ile des Giens, France –

Snape JR and Boait P.J. (2013), Enhancing energy efficiency through smart control: paths and policies for deployment (Full paper)


Snape JR (2013) Smart Grids, local adoption of distributed generation and the Feed in Tariff policy incentive (Short paper and poster)

Energy efficiency first: The foundation of a low-carbon society -ECEEE 2011 Summer Study conferences, 3-6 June 2011, Presqu'ile des Giens, France – Snape JR, Irvine KN and Rynikiewicz C (2011), Understanding energy behaviours and transitions through the lens of a smart grid Agent Based Model (Full paper) 

Paper presented at the International Small Islands Study Association (ISISA) conference, August 2010 Bornholm, Denmark. - Rynikiewicz, C. & Snape, J.R. (2010) Investigating the peculiarities of sustainable energy policies in islands communities for smart grid development: insights from complexity science and agent based models.

Externally funded research grants information

  • Complex Adaptive Systems, Cognitive Agents and Distributed Energy (CASCADE) – EPSRC funded: grant EP/GO59969/1 – academic research project – start: 01/01/2010 end:01/04/2013 – Role: PhD researcher, collaboration between Cranfield University and IESD 
  • Agent-based Modelling of the Electricity Network (AMEN) – EPSRC funded: grant EP/K033492/1 – academic research project – start: 01/04/2013 end:01/04/2016 – Role: Research Fellow.

Professional esteem indicators

Invited to join the experts discussion forum for the International Energy Agency (IEA) Task 24 on Demand Side Management – reporting on “Changing behaviour for Demand Side Management".

Case studies

Researchers, policy makers and practitioners from across the UK attended the CASCADE project final dissemination event – including academics from University College London (UCL) and Imperial College, alongside representatives from DECC, Ofgem and a number of electricity suppliers. Many positive comments were received on the work completed by the CASCADE project and there was significant interest in work following on from that project – especially the Agent Based Modelling of the Electricity Network (AMEN) project - http://gow.epsrc.ac.uk/NGBOViewGrant.aspx?GrantRef=EP/K033492/1


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