Dr Jim Scott

European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI)

Jim Scott

In 2013 I completed my PhD at Aston Business School and started working as a researcher for the European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI). My PhD was about strategic sourcing and purchasing of biomass for UK combustion power projects. The PhD was done in association with Express Energy Ltd, a Birmingham based biomass power developer.

Before my PhD I had graduated from Newcastle University with a degree in Physics and a masters degree in renewable energy engineering. I then worked for TNEI services Ltd, an energy consultancy based in the North East. For TNEI I was involved with energy efficiency consultancy, project development, on-site renewable feasibility projects and legislative compliance including in the area of carbon trading and abatement.

At EBRI I mainly work on the BioenNW Interreg project assisting West Midlands companies to develop small to medium scale sustainable energy from waste projects. I also work on a decision support tool which provides support, with expert advice to organisations that have opportunities to develop small scale energy from waste schemes. I also give business engagement presentations and workshops for EBRI for the wide range of businesses and organisations that engage with the institute.

Position: Research Associate
Room: EBG13
Phone: +44 (0)121 204 5482
Email: j.scott2@aston.ac.uk

  • BSc in Physics, Newcastle University, 2006
  • MSc in Renewable Energy Engineering (REFLEX), Newcastle University, 2007
  • PhD in Biomass Supply Chain Management, Operation and Information Management Group, Aston Business School, 2013
  • 2010 - 2013: Assistant Lecturer for Aston Business School
  • 2007 - 2010: Energy Consultant, TNEI Services Ltd
  • 2006: Newcastle City Council, climate change travelling exhibition
  • 2005: Assistant, Gamos Ltd
I have taught on the business game module that involves students playing a simulation game that places them in charge of a car manufacturing company. I have also taught tutorials for the first year undergraduate course introduction to management for two years.
In the future I would like to teach more on my energy and supply chain related interests.
I am interested in decision making methods for the energy industry and specifically the energy from waste and bioenergy industries. I am also interested in system analysis for energy systems and how sustainable systems can be set up to best deploy new, low carbon energy technologies in the existing and future energy market structure.
  • Member of the Energy Institute
  • Member of the Institute of Operations Management
  • A review of multi-criteria decision-making methods for bioenergy systems, J. Scott, W. Ho, P.K. Dey,  Energy, 42(1), 146-156, 2012

  • Strategic Sourcing in the UK bioenergy industry, J. Scott, W. Ho, P.K. Dey, International Journal of Production Economics, 146(2), 478 - 490, 2013

  • Optimizing biomass supply portfolios, J. Scott, W. Ho, P.K. Dey, Advances in Manufacturing Technology - xxvi, 73-79, 2012

  • Fuel supplier selection for large scale UK bioenergy schemes, J. Scott, W. Ho, P.K. Dey, World Renewable Energy Congress, Linkoping, 1-8, 2011