He is the Director of Programmes for postgraduate taught energy, overseeing the (i) MSc Energy and Sustainability, and (ii) MSc Sustainable Energy Technologies programmes. He is an Associate Editor of the IET Renewable Power Generation Journal and an energy based research assessor for several national funding agencies. He is the external examiner at Heriot-Watt University for their MSc Energy programme.
He specialises in energy in the built environment, where he teaches modules related to (i) energy performance assessment, (ii) climate change and settlements, (iii) energy resources and (iv) bioclimatic design.
- His work looks at energy across scales from the dwelling, to the neighbourhood, city or region. Patrick undertakes studies in the UK, China, sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East.
Current major projects span Energy for Development (rural electrification in Africa, FORTIS UNUM, DESIREABLE) and residential energy use in both the private and social housing sectors.
He is the Principle Investigator of LATENT, an EPSRC funded study looking into the potential of heat as a service to support the decarbonisation of electrical (heat pump) heating in the UK and DESIREABLE, looking at rural milk chilling in Rwanda.
Patrick teaches modules supporting undergraduate Civil Engineering and the MSc Energy and Sustainability / MSc Sustanable Energy Technologies programmes. He is the module lead for CENV2035 LiveableCities and SESG6041 Introduction to Energy Technologies, Environment and Sustainability. He is a lecturer on a further six modules.
Professor Patrick James is a Professor of Energy and Buildings within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.
His research is based on understanding energy use in the built environment whether this is at home, at work or at a broader urban scale. He is a specialist in micro-generation technologies including solar thermal, photovoltaics, micro-wind and micro-CHP
He is the lead author of several major studies including the national micro-wind trial for the Energy Saving Trust (Location, location, location: domestic small-scale wind field trial report, and an assessment of heat recovery from UK power stations for the ICE (Why waste heat?). He is a co-author of the recently released "Future (P)Roof Building resilience of roofing technologies in a changing climate" for the NFRC Charitable Trust.
He is a Felllow of the Chartered Institute of Building Service Engineers (CIBSE) and a Chartered Engineer (CEng).