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Professor Steve Thomas

Professor Thomas is a researcher in energy policy with more than 30 years of experience. His work is international in scope and the main areas of research are on economics and policy towards nuclear power; liberalisation and privatisation of the electricity and gas industries; and trade policy on network energy industries.

Research/ Scholarly interests:

In recent years, his research has included: an evaluation of the economics of nuclear power; an assessment of the impact of the marketisation of essential services on low-income consumers; an assessment of the European Commission’s Directives aimed at opening the electricity sector in Europe to competition; an assessment of the South African government’s attempts to develop a new design of nuclear power plant; a review of the corporate policies of the major European energy utilities; and a review of methods of funding nuclear power decommissioning liabilities.

Responsibilities within the university:

Professor of Energy Studies

Selected publications:

M Schneider, S Thomas, A Froggatt, D Koplow (2009) ‘The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2009: With Particular Emphasis on Economic Issues’ Commissioned by German Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Reactor Safety (Contract n° UM0901290).

L Mez, M Schneider & S Thomas (eds) (2009) ‘International perspectives on energy policy and the role of nuclear power’ Multiscience, Brentwood, 576pp.

S Thomas (ed) (2008) ‘Poor Choices: The limits of competitive markets in the provision of essential services to low income consumers’ Energywatch, London.

S Thomas, P Bradford, A Froggatt, D Milborrow (2007) ‘The Economics of Nuclear Power’ Greenpeace International, London.

S Thomas (2006) ‘The grin of the Cheshire cat’ Energy Policy, vol 34, 15, pp 1974-1983.

S Thomas (2006) ‘The British Model in Britain: failing slowly’ Energy Policy, vol 34, 5, pp 583-600.

S Thomas (2005) ‘The UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’ Energy & Environment, vol 16, no 6, pp 923-935.

S Thomas (2004) ‘Evaluating the British Model of electricity deregulation’ Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, vol 75, 3, pp 367-398.

S Thomas, I Rajepakse & J Gunasekara (2005) Turning off the lights: GATS and the threat to community electricity in Sri Lanka ITDG Publishing, Bourton on Dunsmore, UK, 64 pp.