William Blyth

Associate Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources Programme


William has worked for over 20 years in the analysis of energy security, climate change and sustainable development.

He is director of Oxford Energy Associates, an independent energy research company, and works part-time as a senior research fellow at DFID (UK government’s aid department).

In addition to his position at Chatham House, he is also an associate fellow at Imperial College London, supporting research on sustainable energy issues.

He is an expert in energy sector economics & policies specialising in transitions to a low-carbon economy and energy access in developed and developing countries.

Dr Blyth is currently leading a team to develop Botswana’s sustainable energy strategy under their SE4All initiative. He carried out a similar role in Rwanda leading a team within the Ministry of Infrastructure, and developed Rwanda’s investment plan for $50m under the SREP.

In recent years he has worked with the World Bank, AfDB, and EBRD reviewing financial flows and the investment needs of the energy sector in general, and mechanisms to support business models that address access to energy for the poorest in particular.

He has recently worked with a wide range of international organisations including the World Bank, African Development Bank, International Renewable Energy Agency, OECD, International Energy Agency, the Electric Power Research Institute, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, International Institute of Sustainable Development, as well as many UK government departments and institutions.

He has published widely on a range of topics related to climate and energy security, and is the author of over 20 peer reviewed papers and books.

William previously worked at the International Energy Agency in Paris, the European Environment Agency in Copenhagen and for AEA Technology Environment.

He has a DPhil in Physics from Oxford University.

Past experience

2017 - present Senior Research Fellow (Energy), UK Department for International Development
2004 - present Director, Oxford Energy Associates 
2003-04 Senior Analyst, International Energy Agency