Uberizing Energy: How Digital Technologies Will Change the Competitive Landscape of the Energy Sector

An audio recording of the presentation is available here

From how we move around cities to how we buy household items, digital technologies have brought about significant changes over the past 20 years in many aspects of our lives and in almost every part of the marketplace. While these changes may have happened first and most conspicuously with the meteoric rise of companies like Uber and Amazon, however, similar architectural shifts are starting to unfold in the energy sector as well. By examining “fast clockspeed” industries and unpacking the market forces and competitive dynamics that have contributed to these shake-ups and significantly new business models, this talk will explain how the energy market of the future will probably look significantly different from how it looks today.

Prior to joining the Queensland University of Technology in Australia as an Associate Professor in 2011, Robert worked in a wide variety of roles and locations for Shell International’s Exploration & Production division. He then left Shell for three years to work as an Industrial Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge, but re-joined Shell again in 2004 to become the company’s Executive Coordinator of R&D. He has a B.Eng. in mechanical engineering from McMaster University in Canada, a Master's degree in Technology & Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a PhD in engineering from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Gates Cambridge Scholar. He is a Fellow of both the UK’s Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and Engineers Australia, and is chartered as a Eur. Ing. in Europe. Rob is a member of the United Nations Resources and Energy Expert Group, and a technical adviser to MIT's Mining, Oil & Gas Club and several energy and resource sector technology startups around the world. Rob also works for the Australian Government on an ad hoc basis as a member of their “Expert Network.” His duties in this role include providing advice about the energy industry and emerging innovations in that sector, with the overarching objective of accelerating the commercialization of promising new energy technologies.


About UQEI Energy Express Seminar Series

Welcome to the 2020 UQEI Energy Express Seminar Series! We again look forward to providing you with an opportunity to continue your participation at informative and topical seminars that will open and promote discussion amongst us all.

In offering the Energy Express Seminars, we aim to bring multidisciplinary research capability together on some of the significant energy challenges facing today’s world and connect that capability with industry and government partners. The series is designed to provide a regular forum to present and discuss a range of energy-related topics and themes. They are open events, and bring together industry, government, and the broader UQ community including academics, researchers, students and alumni.

All seminars will start at 6.00pm, with light refreshments to follow. Guest speakers will be announced in due course.

This year again, we especially welcome our Master of Sustainable Energy students - the timing of our seminars is scheduled to coincide, where possible, with the eight core teaching blocks that they will undertake throughout the year.

We encourage and welcome comments and feedback and look forward to engaging with you on global energy challenges.

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