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I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Automotive Engineering. Before joining Coventry University in 2016, I was a Senior Lecturer in Renewable Energy Engineering at Kingston University London. I gained my PhD from Aston University whilst working on hybrid solar-biomass power plants. As a Research Fellow, I assisted in the development of pyrolysis plants for generating bio-fuels from agro-residues in India. My research has been published in several leading scientific journals (Energy, Solar Energy and Journal of Cleaner Production) and, as a guest editor, I have managed journal special issues. I am on international scientific committee panels for several international conferences and I am an external examiner for other higher education institutes. My current research projects involve the provision of energy services in the UK, India, China and Pakistan.


My research explores interdisciplinary engineering methods to advance and promote the sustainable development of renewable energy systems. By integrating energy systems modelling and optimisation methods with operations research techniques, I aim to develop cost-effective carbon reduction solutions. I have a particular interest in developing and implementing sustainable energy solutions to support economic development and social welfare in developing countries.

Areas of Expertise:

Specific areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Thermochemical and biochemical conversion technologies
  • Solar and wind energy
  • Energy systems modelling and optimisation
  • Waste and energy services for developing countries
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Computer aided engineering
  • Supply chain optimisation
  • Decision support systems
  • Multi-criteria and multi-objective decision making

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Research Output

  • 507 Citations
  • 11 h-Index
  • 17 Article
  • 1 Literature review

Alternative operational strategies for wind turbines in cold climates

Stoyanov, D. & Nixon, J., 1 Jan 2020, In : Renewable Energy. 145, p. 2694-2706 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    9 Downloads (Pure)

    Fluid-Structure Interaction Based Optimisation in Tidal Turbines: A Perspective Review

    Kulkarni, S., Wang, L., Nixon, J., Golsby, N. & Lander, M., 2020, (In preparation) In : Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews.

    Research output: Contribution to journalLiterature review

  • Assessment of energy potential of date palm residues in Khairpur district, Pakistan

    Kumar, S., Harijan, K., Jeguirim, M., Nixon, J. & Soomro, M. I., 15 May 2019, In : Biofuels. (In-press), p. (In-press) 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 18 Downloads (Pure)

    A life cycle assessment of options for producing synthetic fuel via pyrolysis

    Vienescu, D. N., Wang, J., Le-Gresley, A. & Nixon, J., Feb 2018, In : Bioresource Technology. 249, p. 626-634

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 17 Citations (Scopus)
    28 Downloads (Pure)

    Environmental Management and Corporate Social Responsibility Practices of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

    Dey, P. K., Petridis, N. E., Petridis, K., Malesios, C., Nixon, J. & Ghosh, S. K., 10 Sep 2018, In : Journal of Cleaner Production. 195, p. 687-702 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 20 Citations (Scopus)
    14 Downloads (Pure)


    Newton Fund Panel Reviewer

    Jonathan Nixon (Reviewer)

    Activity: OtherReviewer of proposals for funding

    Kingston University

    Jonathan Nixon (Visiting lecturer)
    2016 → …

    Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

    Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development

    Jonathan Nixon (Keynote Speaker)
    1 Nov 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference


    Outstanding Reviewer – Emerald Literati Network 2014 Awards for Excellence

    Jonathan Nixon (Recipient), 2014

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)