Robin Preece

Robin Preece


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I am a Reader in Future Power Systems within the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Manchester. I've been at the university since 2005 when I started my BEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering With Industrial Experience degree. I graduated in 2009 and then started my PhD in Power Systems Dynamics which I received at the start of 2013 (my thesis has been published by Springer here). Following 18 months of post-doctoral work as a Research Associate, I started as a Lecturer in July 2014.

I have experience working at, and consulting with, DNOs and TSOs on individual projects and collaborative work on a large number of projects - primarily on the dynamic impact of integrating new technologies and power electronics into large systems. I am an active member of the IET, IEEE and Cigre and regularly review papers for conferences and leading academic journals. I have more than 60 international publications (details here) and have spoken at the leading power system conferences around the world. 

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

○ Member of CIGRE
○ Senior Member of IEEE PES (SMIEEE)
○ Member of IET and Chartered Engineer (MIET, CEng)
○ Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (FHEA)

Research interests

I'm interested in research relating to Power System Security and the Dynamic Performance of Complex Mixed AC/DC Systems. Within these areas, the following are of particular interest:

○ Stochastic and probabilistic online dynamic security assessment using efficient statistical techniques.

○ Establishing security boundaries in complex and evolutionary power systems with many sources of uncertainty.

○ Investigating the importance of uncertainties with respect to their influence on system behaviour.

○ Determining the dynamic impact of large scale integration of emerging technologies (such as multi-terminal VSC-HVDC grids and grid-scale storage).

Please get in touch if you're interested in working with me on any of these (or other aligned) topics.


All Post-Doctoral Research Associate positions will be advertised on

You can find other funding opportunities at:

○ University of Manchester Funding Database.

○ University of Manchester President's Doctoral Scholar Awards.


I'm looking for keen and enthusiastic students and researchers who are looking for a new challenge and want to work in the following areas:

○ The impact of emerging technology on stability and security.

○ Understanding uncertainties within power systems.

○ Additional stability services from non-conventional generation (from fast transient through to long-term frequency support).

○ Risk-based approaches towards stability and security assessment.

Please get in touch if you're interested, or if you'd like to know a bit more about what a PhD involves.


For the 2019-20 academic year, I will be:

○ Lecturing and coordinating the labs for the 3rd year Power Systems Analysis unit (EEEN30047). I am also the Unit Leader for this, so direct any questions about this unit towards me.

○ Lecturing and coordinating the labs for the 4th year/MSc unit Analysis of Electrical Power and Energy Conversion Systems (EEEN40312/60312). Again, I am the Unit Leader so direct questions to me.

○ Supervising 4th year Team Projects (EEEN40035). 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Energy
  • Manchester Energy
  • Sustainable Futures


  • Power Systems
  • Uncertainty
  • Security


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