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Bridget Woodman

Bridget Woodman

Course Director, MSc Energy Policy, University of Exeter

Bridget Woodman is course director for the MSc Energy Policy course and a member of the Energy Policy Group in the School of Geography, University of Exeter. Previously she worked at Warwick Business School as a UKERC Research Fellow in its Infrastructure and Supply theme. Prior to that she undertook her DPhil on Renewables and Distributed Generation at SPRU, University of Sussex. The majority of Dr Woodman’s work is focused on the policy and regulatory aspects of a transition to sustainable energy systems and her publications reflect this area she has developed. She currently sits on the Board of Trustees for Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change. Bridget has been involved in engaging with a wide range of stakeholders, including companies, communities and individuals on both climate and energy related issues. Bridget has provided advice, reporting and consultation on energy issues for Green Alliance, European Commission, DTI, BERR and Greenpeace. Bridget has a strong focus on policy and regulatory aspects of delivering sustainable energy systems from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Broad research specialisms:
Bridget’s research interests have a strong focus on the policy and economic regulatory aspects of delivering sustainable energy systems from a multidisciplinary perspective.

At the moment, policy making for sustainable energy in the UK appears to be incremental, and made up of small adjustments in approach or individual policies within stable institutional settings. Energy systems - electricity, heat and transport - are currently dealt with separately in policy making processes, meaning that areas with system synergies – such as the integration of heat and electricity production, or the exploitation of electricity for transport – are either neglected relative to simple ‘single system’ policy measures, or are not addressed at all. As a result, the current design of policy for sustainable energy options in the UK tends to neglect the full range of carbon and security advantages that they could offer.

The new energy system context shaped by climate change and other policy requirements suggests that incremental, path dependent decision making will not be an adequate response to the need for rapid change, and that increasing pressure both within and outside energy systems could lead to a more fundamental shift in the development and implementation of policy for sustainable energy systems within a new set of institutions. This is the central area that Bridget focuses on.

Britain's offshore boom is concentrating power in the hands of a few very large developers

Sep 11, 2017 14:25 pm UTC| Insights & Views Business

The price of offshore wind continues to fall dramatically. The UK governments latest round of contracts for renewable generation have just been announced, and they show the costs of subsidies have halved in just two years....

Are fewer people switching gas or electricity company?

May 09, 2017 15:42 pm UTC| Insights & Views

We wanted to see more competition. We wanted to see more people able to switch between energy users [sic], that, over the last three or four years has not happened. This is a market that is not working perfectly and...

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Economy

RBA likely to adopt tightening policy by 50 bps in 2018, says ANZ Research

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is expected to adopt a tightening monetary policy in 2018 is boosted by the hawkish shift in the RBAs language. This would reverse the rate cuts of 2016 and take the real cash back to...

New Zealand bonds slump at close after GDT price auction cheers markets

The New Zealand bonds slumped at the time of closing Wednesday after dairy prices rose at the overnight GlobalDairyTrade Price auction, reporting its second consecutive increase. Also, the countrys current account deficit...

New Zealand current account deficit narrows slightly higher than expectations in Q2

New Zealands current account deficit narrowed slightly more than expected in Q2; helped by historical revisions, the annual deficit fell to 2.8 percent of GDP. The seasonally adjusted current account deficit also...

JGBs tad lower post better-than-expected August trade balance data; eyes on BoJ’s policy decision

The Japanese government bonds trade slightly on the downside Wednesday after the countrys trade balance data for the month of August showed exports and imports surging in August, with both beating expectations as a...

Australian bonds plunge on growing investor confidence in the country’s economic outlook; RBA Lowe’s speech in focus

The Australian bonds plunged Wednesday as growing investor confidence in the Australian economic outlook has pushed rates on government bonds up to their highest level in six months. Also, investors will now be looking...

Politics

Undocumented youth divided over how to fight back against Trump immigration clampdown

Young immigrants from across the US participated in the first act of civil disobedience by undocumented youth under the Trump administration on July 26 in Texas. After protesters sat in the street outside the state capitol...

India at 70: after the celebrations, single-party dominance menaces democracy

Seventy years ago, Jawaharlal Nehrus famous Tryst with Destiny speech not only marked Indias independence from British rule but also expressed the vision for a united, democratic, egalitarian and modern country. Not...

Can corporate America afford to walk away from President Trump?

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Little prospect of regime change in Russia short of a popular uprising – and that's unlikely

Vladimir Putins power in Russia can often look unassailable. However much Western media might champion potential opponents, the president maintains a tight grip, and its easy to see why. Any successor to Putin who was not...

Warning signs of mass violence – in the US?

There are those who say that comparing President Donald Trumps rhetoric to that of Adolf Hitler is alarmist, unfair and counterproductive. And yet, there has been no dearth of such comparisons since the 2016...

Science

Scientists Create Robots The Size Of DNA Strands That Can Rearrange Molecules

Robots are great for a lot of things and can perform functions that humans would either have a hard time accomplishing or simply would not be able to do. Among the latter case is rearranging the molecules of a living...

China Signs Deal With Israel Over Lab-Grown Meat, Food For The Future

With the world facing the global crisis known as climate change, most countries are doing whatever they can to reduce carbon emissions. However, one of the biggest contributing factors to greenhouse gasses that is rarely...

Denmark Finally Sells Last Oil Company For $7.45 Billion

As a country committed to fighting climate change and reducing its carbon footprint, Denmark is finally selling off the last remaining oil company in the country. The oil firms were owned by A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S and the...

Trump’s Pick For NASA Head Is Not A Scientist And A Prominent Climate Change Denier

The Trump administration has proven to be incompetent in filling crucial roles with qualified people, evidenced by an anti-EPA EPA head and an anti-DOE head of DOE. Now, the president has nominated a non-scientist who is...

Scientists Can Now Bioengineer Lungs, Reducing Potential Deaths Due To Organ Shortage

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Technology

Apple Watch Has Buggy LTE Connection, Embarrassing Failure

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Someone Bought A House In Texas Using Bitcoin

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Scientists Create 3D-Printed Synthetic Muscle For Robots

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk Criticized By Google Executive Over AI Fears

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Steam Addresses Review Bombing Issue, Adds Histogram

Theres no doubt that Valves digital distribution platform Steam has a review bombing problem. This is basically where gamers who have a problem with a video game publisher or studio that has nothing to do with the games...
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September 20 15:30 UTC Released

BRForeign Exchange Flows*

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2.161 Bln USD

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-1.251 Bln USD

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TRCentral Govt Debt Stock*

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820.5 Bln TRY

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817.1 Bln TRY

September 21 08:30 UTC 422422m

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-0.76 Bln GBP

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-3.912 Bln GBP

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7.100 Bln GBP

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-0.184 Bln GBP

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0.15 %

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0.35 %

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2.60 %

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2.68 %

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CAWholesale Trade MM

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-0.9 %

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-0.5 %

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USInitial Jobless Claims

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300 k

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284 k

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263.25 k

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