Abu Bakr Bahaj

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Professor AbuBakr Bahaj (FICE, FIET, FRSA, MInstP, CPhys) leads the 55-strong Energy and Climate Change Division and the Sustainable Energy Research Group at the University of Southampton, where he completed his PhD, progressing from a researcher to a Personal Chair in Sustainable Energy. For more than 30 years, Professor Bahaj has pioneered sustainable energy research and established the energy theme within the University. His major research programmes can be found at www.energy.soton.ac.uk. These include Renewable Energy (Solar Photovoltaics, Offshore Wind and Marine Energy), Cities, Energy and Infrastructure, Energy for Development, Data and Modelling, Energy and Behaviour, Energy and Buildings,  Environmental Impacts, and  Microgeneration Technologies. Professor Bahaj’s work has resulted in over 300 articles published in academic refereed journals and conference series of international standing. He founded the International Marine Energy Journal for which he is the Editor-in-Chief. Prof Bahaj also holds visiting professorships at the Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology (XAUAT), Xi’an, China, (2017 to present), the Ångström Laboratory and Engineering University of Uppsala, Sweden (2011-15) and at the King Salaman bin Abdulaziz. He is Visiting Chair for Energy Research at King Abdulaziz University (KAU), Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (2014 to present). He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (FICE), Institution of Engineering Technologies (FIET) and the Royal Academy of Arts (FRSA). He is also the Chief Scientific Advisor to the City Southampton —believed to be the first such appointment in the UK – and also a member of the Research Advisory Group for the UK Department of International Development.  In 2014, he was named by the UK’s Science Council as one of the UK’s 100 leading practising scientists. More detail about Prof Bahaj’s team, projects, publication and MSc programmes can be found at www.energy.soton.ac.uk.