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Dr Alec Waterworth

Alec Waterworth


Tel.: +44 (0)24761 50776

Room: Ramphal R3.10

Office hours: Term 3; Tuesday 1-2pm; Wednesday 1-2pm (Weeks 1-5 only)

Senior Teaching Fellow


Alec joined the Global Sustainable Development team in January 2018. He previously worked as a Research Fellow within the Global Energy Research Network at Warwick Business School. Prior to that, he worked as a Quality Assurance Engineer in the energy sector on projects in the UK, Australia and South Korea.


Alec is an energy economist. His research interests include the ongoing energy transition, including notions such as the energy trilemma, unburnable carbon, and natural gas as a ‘bridging fuel’ to a low carbon future. His research has been funded by the UK Energy Research Council (UKERC) and has focussed on case studies in Brazil, Argentina, China and the UK. He holds a PhD in Innovation Policy and Management from Manchester Business School (2016). His PhD research explored the development of the Brazilian petroleum sector following one of the largest oil and gas discoveries in the Americas for decades. This focussed on three dimensions: the relationship between national and sectoral systems of innovation; the emerging role of universities in innovation systems; and the strategies of foreign oil companies under the context of industry clusters.


Alec is currently delivering a new module for the 2018-19 academic year, which focuses on the ‘energy trilemma’. The trilemma describes the challenge of delivering energy security, universal access to affordable energy, and environmentally sensitive production and consumption of energy, under the scenario of the ongoing energy transition. As of October 2018, he will also contribute to the teaching of GD104 (Economic Principles of Global Sustainable Development).


Peer-reviewed journal articles

Waterworth, A. and Bradshaw, M., 2018. Unconventional trade-offs? National oil companies, foreign investment and oil and gas development in Argentina and Brazil, Energy Policy, 122, pp.7-16.

Gök, A., Waterworth, A. and Shapira, P., 2015. Use of web mining in studying innovation, Scientometrics, 102(1), pp.653-671.

Waterworth, A. and Eldridge, S., 2011. The Development of an e-commerce Failure Mode and Effects Analysis, International Journal of Productivity & Quality Management, 8(3), pp.247-264.

Waterworth, A. and Eldridge, S., 2010. An Investigation into the application of Quality Function Deployment in e-commerce, International Journal of Productivity & Quality Management, 5(1), pp.231-251.

Working papers

Waterworth, A. and Bradshaw, M., 2018. A bibliometric analysis of LNG literature. UKERC Working Paper.

Waterworth, A., Gök, A. and Shapira, P., 2014. Profiling Green Goods Sector Enterprises in China: An Exploratory Alibaba Web Mining Analysis. Manchester Institute of Innovation Research Working Paper.