Steven Li

Steven Li


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Dr Steven Qi Li is a Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw Fellowship in High Voltage Group at the University of Manchester. His research interests include reliability for solid dielectrics, advanced UHV/EHV electricity transmission line optimisation for future Net-zero power systems, electromagnetic environmental emissions from UHV/EHV transmission lines and the application of artificial intelligent into future power systems. He is an active member in CIGRE working group B2.69 and B2.83 and a youth committee member in China Electrotechnical Society.

Dr Steven Qi Li obtained the BEng in Electrical and Electronics Engineering at both the University of Birmingham and Huazhong University of Science and Technology in 2007, M.Sc. with distinction in Electrical Power Engineering from the University of Manchester in 2009, and Ph.D. in the same institution in 2013. Since then, he has been working for the University of Manchester, National Grid UK and Chongqing University (China) for 9 years before joining the University of Manchester as a ‘Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw Fellowship’. Within academia and industry, he has led around 20 research projects with wide range of topics for power industry, and was one of the recipients of an IET Innovation Award in 2015 (for his PhD research work).

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
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Manchester

1 Sept 20098 Nov 2013

Award Date: 8 Nov 2013

Master of Science, MSc in Electrical Power Systems Engineering, The University of Manchester

1 Sept 20083 Nov 2009

Award Date: 3 Nov 2009

Bachelor of Engineering, BEng in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Birmingham

1 Sept 200630 Jun 2007

Award Date: 30 Jun 2007

Bachelor of Engineering, BEng in Electrical Engineering and Automation, Huazhong (Central China) University Of Science & Technology

1 Sept 200330 Jun 2007

Award Date: 30 Jun 2007

Areas of expertise

  • TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
  • High Voltage Engineering
  • Power System Plant
  • Power System Modelling
  • Overhead Lines
  • Electromagnetic Environment
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Machine Learning
  • Electricity Network
  • EHV/UHV Electricity Transmission
  • Offshore Wind
  • Submarine Cables

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Energy
  • Advanced materials


  • High Voltage Insulation
  • Dielectrics
  • Electrical Treeing
  • Overhead line
  • Power Systems
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Machine Learning
  • Imaging
  • X-ray computed tomography
  • Net zero
  • Power System Inertia Support


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