Paul E. Brockway

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Leeds

Paul E. Brockway


Paul is a Research Fellow in Phase 3 (2014-2019) of the UK Energy Research Council (UKERC) Theme 4: Energy, Economy and Societal Preferences. His research is focussed on studying macroeconomic energy-economy interactions, through primarily the lens of exergy analysis. Exergy is considered as ‘available energy’, and enables the study of the energy conversion chain from primary to final to useful stages – where it is lost in exchange for energy services.

His transition to the area of ecological economics started in 2002 with a two-year placement with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), and later in 2006-2009 he undertook a 3 year distance learning MSc in climate change and sustainability. His background is as a structural engineer, before moving to work in corporate sustainability, especially using a consumption-based approach to carbon accounting. In 2012 he left his consulting background to undertake a full-time PHD in ecological economics, which he completed in 2016.

His is married with two children, Cameron and Erin.


  • (2016) PhD in Ecological Economics, Sustainability Research Institute at the University of Leeds. Awarded a PhD by publication entitled “National-level energy use, rebound and economic growth: insights from useful work and exergy analysis”
  • (2010) Masters Module in Business Economics (with Distinction), Imperial College Business School, London, UK
  • (2009) MSc in Climate Change and Sustainable Development (with Distinction), De Montfort University, Leicester, UK
  • (1995) MEng (Hons) in Engineering Science, Oxford University, UK


International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE)

Research Interests

  • Energy systems
  • Exergy analysis
  • Energy efficiency and rebound
  • Exergy economics
  • Low carbon energy transitions