Storm Desmond brought unprecedented floods to Lancaster in December 2015 and electricity supplies were cut off and not fully restored for six days. The disruption revealed how dependent on electricity modern city life has become. What happens when power, communications, and transport are all disrupted, when shops cannot function, and when most people cannot find out what is happening? What lessons have been learnt?
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Roger Kemp is a Professorial Fellow in the Engineering Department at Lancaster University. He is particularly concerned with energy use in transport and contributed to the Department for Transport white paper on sustainable transport. His research interests include the safety regulation of the nuclear industry as well as energy use and safety regulation of transport systems.
Professor Kemp spent four years on the Engineering Policy Committee of the Royal Academy of Engineering and is on the IET Energy Policy Panel. He has provided advice for government departments and given evidence to select committees. He has been an invited speaker at many conferences on energy use and is an Associate of the Cambridge Electricity Policy Research Group (EPRG). He was a member of a review group for the Chief Scientific Advisor on the use made of science and engineering in government, has chaired Royal Academy of Engineering committees investigating the impact of the widespread adoption of electric vehicles and heat policy, has undertaken research for the Energy Technologies Institute on carbon reduction through modal shift and a number of investigations for the rail industry. He was also a member of the judging panel, chaired by James Caan, of the Iawards innovation prizes.
Before joining Lancaster University in 2004, Professor Kemp was UK technical and safety director for Alstom Transport. He has worked extensively overseas on metro and high-speed rail projects and spent several years in Paris as project director of the consortium that designed and built the Eurostar trains.