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Dr Stephen Peake

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Senior Lecturer in Environment
  • Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • School of Engineering & Innovation
  • s.r.peake

Professional biography

Stephen is Senior Lecturer in Environmental Technologies at the Open University.

His management roles in the University include: Chair of the Research Degrees Examination Results Approval Committee; Member of Reserach Degrees Committee; Member of ARC Management Group.

He is also Fellow of the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge and Senior Associate of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. Previously he has served as international civil servant at the International Energy Agency at the OECD in Paris and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), based in Bonn, Germany.  Originally trained as a physicist, Stephen gained a PhD in Engineering and Management from the University of Cambridge, From 1993-1995 he was Research Fellow in the Energy and Environmental Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, London, during which time he was seconded for several months to Group Planning at Shell International.

Research interests

Sustainability Leadership

Interdisciplinary approaches to understanding and communicating Climate Change

The role of arts and performance in scientific and engineering leadership training

Education for Sustainabilty with a particular focus on Business Schools

Teaching interests


Business education

Renewable Energy

Interdisciplinary approaches to Sustainabilty

Digital Photography


Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
SUSTECH: Energy and Environmental Research UnitUnitFaculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology


Exploring the financial and investment implications of the Paris Agreement (2017)
Peake, Stephen and Ekins, Paul
Climate Policy, 17(7) (pp. 832-852)
Turbulence in the climate regime (2010-11)
Peake, Stephen
Current History, 109(730) (pp. 349-354)
Policymaking as design in complex systems - the international climate change regime (2010-10)
Peake, Stephen
Emergence: Complexity and Organization, 12(2) (pp. 15-22)
Designing capacity-building in e-learning expertise: Challenges and strategies (2008-02)
Aczel, J. C.; Peake, S. R. and Hardy, P.
Computers and Education, 50(2) (pp. 499-510)
Epistemologies of Climate Change: Science, Stories and Scepticism (2005-12)
Peake, Stephen
Organization and Environment, 18(4) (pp. 495-499)
COP10 Report: The tango goes on (2005-01)
Peake, Stephen
Refocus, 6(1) (pp. 54-55)
Climate Change: From Science to Sustainability (2009-05-28)
Peake, Stephen and Smith, Joe
ISBN : 978-0-19-956832-1 | Publisher : Oxford University Press | Published : Oxford, UK
Environmental issues and policies (2002-06-10)
Ison, Stephen; Peake, Stephen and Wall, Stuart
ISBN : 273646249 | Publisher : Pearson Education Limited | Published : Harlow, UK
What is a low carbon society? (2012-08-29)
Peake, Stephen
In: Herring, Horace ed. Living in a Low-Carbon Society in 2050. Energy, Climate and the Environment (pp. 15-27)
ISBN : 978-0-230-28225-4 | Publisher : Palgrave | Published : Basingstoke
The business of design (2012-03-21)
Peake, Stephen
In: Garner, Steven and Evans, Chris eds. Design and Designing: A Critical Introduction
ISBN : 978-1-84788-577-7 | Publisher : Berg | Published : London
Remedies: towards a sustainable energy future (2012)
Boyle, Godfrey; Peake, Stephen and Everett, Robert
In: Everett, Robert; Boyle, Godfrey; Peake, Stephen and Ramage, Janet eds. Energy Systems and Sustainability: Power for a Sustainable Future (2nd edition) (pp. 571-621)
ISBN : 978-0-19-959374-3 | Publisher : Oxford University Press, in association with The Open University | Published : Oxford
Carbon trading: opportunities and issues (2007-08)
Peake, Stephen
In: Elliott, David ed. Sustainable Energy: Opportunities and limitations. Energy, Climate and Environment Series (pp. 190-211)
ISBN : 978 0 2300 2002 3 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan | Published : Basingstoke, UK
Renewable Energy: Power for a Sustainable Future (4th Ed.) (2017-11-01)
Peake, Stephen ed.
ISBN : 9780198759751 | Publisher : Oxford University Press | Published : Oxford
Energy Systems and Sustainability: Power for a Sustainable Future (2nd ed.) (2012-01)
Everett, Robert; Boyle, Godfrey; Peake, Stephen and Ramage, Janet eds.
ISBN : 978-0-19-959374-3 | Publisher : Oxford Univerity Press | Published : Oxford
UniPad: orchestrating collaborative activities through shared tablets and an integrated wall display (2013-09-12)
Kreitmayer, Stefan; Rogers, Yvonne; Laney, Robin and Peake, Stephen
In : Ubicomp '13: 2013 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (8-12 Sep 2013, Zurich, Switzerland) (pp. 801-810)
Sharing bubbles: reflections on offline multi-surface scenarios (2013-09-08)
Kreitmayer, Stefan; Laney, Robin; Peake, Stephen and Rogers, Yvonne
In : SOFTec Workshop, UbiComp '13 Adjunct Proceedings (8 Sep 2013, Zurich, Switzerland) (pp. 1405-1408)
Zone modelling and visualisation: keys to the design of low carbon buildings (2012-07)
Hetherington, Robina; Laney, Robin and Peake, Stephen
In : 16th International Conference on Information Visualisation (IV) (11-13 Jul 2012, Montpellier, France)
From participatory to contributory simulations: changing the game in the classroom (2012-05-07)
Kreitmayer, Stefan; Rogers, Yvonne; Laney, Robin and Peake, Stephen
In : Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (05-10 May 2012, Austin, Texas, USA) (pp. 49-58)
Integrated building design, information and simulation modelling: the need for a new hierarchy (2011-11)
Hetherington, Robina; Laney, Robin; Peake, Stephen and Oldham, David
In : Building Simulation 2011 (14-16 Nov 2011, Sydney, Australia)
Designing a large multi-player simulation game to encourage critical debate (2011-10)
Kreitmayer, Stefan; Peake, Stephen; Laney, Robin and Rogers, Yvonne
In : 5th European Conference on Games Based Learning (20-21 Oct 2011, Athens, Greece)
A software vision to enable the holistic design of low carbon buildings (2011-07)
Hetherington, Robina; Laney, Robin and Peake, Stephen
In : 3rd International Workshop on Software Research and Climate Change at European Conference on Object-Oriented Programming (ECOOP) 2011 (25 Jul 2011, Lancaster, UK)
Zero and low carbon buildings: A driver for change in working practices and the use of computer modelling and visualization (2010-07)
Hetherington, Robina; Laney, Robin and Peake, Stephen
In : 14th International Conference on Information Visualisation (27-29 Jul 2010, London South Bank University, London, UK)
Software engineering challenges: Achieving zero carbon buildings by 2019 (2010-04)
Hetherington, Robina; Laney, Robin C. and Peake, Stephen
In : ACM-BCS Visions of Computer Science 2010 (13-16 Apr 2010, Edinburgh University)
What are the Capacity Gaps in e-Learning Expertise? (2007-03)
Aczel, James; Peake, Stephen and Hardy, Pascale
In : Computer Assisted Learning (CAL '07) (26-28 Mar 2007, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
Building capacity in climate change policy analysis and negotiation: methods and technologies (2005-06-21)
Peake, Stephen; Aczel, James and Hardy, Pascale

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