My research interests are related to decentralised systems (both energy and waste treatment), with a focus on both the technologies, and economic and policy aspects. I undertake research and consultancy at local, UK, EU and international levels. I am active in support of energy policy development, having contributed to the 2003 White Paper analysis on low carbon energy scenarios, the DTI Renewables Innovation Review and preparations for the Prime Minister’s G8 activities on low carbon technologies.
I am a Visiting Professor at Imperial, having been a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader here in the period 1995 to 2007. In September 2007 I moved to the Centre for Environmental Strategy at Surrey University, where I am Professor in Energy and Environmental Systems. I am originally an engineer by first degree, with a bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Southampton University. I then undertook the MSc in Environmental Technology at Imperial College, followed by a PhD at Imperial in Energy Efficiency and Policy for Central and Eastern Europe.
I am a past Chair of Council of the British Institute of Energy Economics, and immediate past Vice President of the Energy Institute.
Anderson D, Leach M, The Costs of Mitigating Climate Change, World Economics Journal, Vol:6, Pages:71-90
et al., 2018, Solar electric cooking in Africa: Where will the transition happen, Energy Research & Social Science, Vol:40, ISSN:2214-6296, Pages:257-272
et al., 2017, Reconciling qualitative storylines and quantitative descriptions: An iterative approach, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Vol:118, ISSN:0040-1625, Pages:293-306
Emmanuel-Yusuf D, Morse S, Leach M, 2017, Resilience and Livelihoods in Supply Chains (RELISC): An Analytical Framework for the Development and Resilience of the UK Wood Fuel Sector, Sustainability, Vol:9, ISSN:2071-1050
Hanna RF, Leach M, Torriti J, The impact of installer business models on the uptake of residential microgeneration in the UK: Evidence from a nation-wide survey, British Institute of Energy Economics conference: European energy in a challenging world - The impact of emerging markets