Dr Catherine (Frin) Bale


In 2015 I was appointed as a University Academic Fellow in Sustainable Energy Systems as part of the university's 250 Great Minds scheme. I am an interdisciplinary academic working across the disciplines of engineering, economics and social science. I'm jointly appointed by the School of Chemical and Process Engineering and also the School of Earth and Environment, where I am part of the Sustainably Research Institute and co-lead the Energy and Climate Change Mitigation Research Group.

I am a physical scientist by training and I obtained a MChem (2001), and DPhil in Atmospheric Chemistry (2005), from the University of Oxford. I have also worked in the public sector supporting the environmental and energy business sectors in Yorkshire. Since 2010 I have been a researcher at Leeds, applying methods in engineering and social science to questions at the interface of energy technology and policy.

Research interests

I currently hold an EPSRC post-doctoral fellowship and I am undertaking a three year project entitled 'Reducing Heat Demand in UK Cities: Using Complexity Science to Enable Effective Decision-making' (EP/K022288/1)

I am a CoI in the  EPSRC-funded Consortium for Modelling and Analysis of Decentralised Energy Storage (C-MADEnS) (EP/N001745/1) where I contribute work on public perceptions of energy storage and the business models that will unlock the potential for storage at the city scale.

I am also a researcher in the iBUILD consortium which is funded by EPSRC and ESRC and aims to develop new business models to improve the delivery of infrastructure systems and the services they provide

In 2014, I was PI on a project awarded from the Chesshire-Lehmann Fund entitled 'Spatial Mapping Tools for District Heating: Helping Local Authorities Tackle Fuel Poverty'

My research interests are centred on:

I have a secondment with Leeds City Council and work closely with local and central government.

Professional memberships

  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Student education

I contribute to teaching in the School of Chemical and Process Engineering and also the School of Earth and Environment, on topics such as air quality, and energy systems and policy.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Integrated Energy Research
  • Energy Leeds
  • Low Carbon Energy