John Currie

John Currie

Prof John Currie



John is a Chartered Engineer with over 30 years’ experience in teaching, research and practice. Formerly Chief Engineer with Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing, John has represented the Industry at national level to bring about significant reductions in energy utilisation. He is Director of the Scottish Energy Centre in the School of Engineering and Built Environment where he has secured significant levels of external funding (EPSRC, TSB, Innovate UK, FP7) helping to support innovative products, processes and supply chain initiatives across the Scottish SME sector. The main focus of his research interests include monitoring and modelling building performance and the development of novel and innovative renewable energy systems and successfully directed 8PhD/MPhil completions and published over 50 refereed articles.

John retains strong professional links with external organisations and is a Fellow, Member of Council, and Past Chairman of the Energy Institute, Chairman of the Energy Institute Accreditation Panel, Member of the Engineering Council - Engineering Accreditation Board, Co-Chairman of Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group and founded Retrofit Scotland. As well as chairing numerous academic accreditation panels both in the UK and abroad, John holds current External Examination posts with London South Bank University, Heriot Watt University, Cork Institute of Technology and University of the Highland and Islands.


Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Board Member - Energy Technology Partnership
  • Founder and Board Member – Retrofit Scotland
  • CIBSE - Member of Solar Data Task Group
  • CIOB - Subject Examiner, Building Services Engineering
  • Co-Chairman of Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group for the Built Environment
  • Chairman – The Energy Institute
  • Chairman - The Institute of Energy
  • Chairman – Energy Institute Accreditation Panel
  • Member of Council - The Energy Institute
  • Member of Energy Institute Professional Affairs Committee
  • Member of the Engineering Accreditation Board, Engineering Council
  • Advertising Standards Agency - Expert


Conference Activity

  • Invited speaker on subject of “Energy for Craft Distillers”, UK Craft Distillers Conference, 5th and 6th October 2015, Pitlochry.
  • Invited speaker at All-Energy Conference on “How academia can help businesses improve their sustainability and energy efficiency”, Glasgow International Conference Centre, 5th May 2016
  • Invited presentation to COST Action TU1205 “Building Integration of Solar Thermal Systems (BISTS)”, Barcelona, on 4th April 2016
  • Invited Speaker at Scottish Federation of Housing Associations Conference, Glasgow, 2012
  • Invited speaker at Historic Scotland Retrofit Conference, Glasgow, 2012
  • Invited speaker at BASE Glasgow Conference, SECC, 2013
  • Invited speaker at Going4Growth 2010 Annual Conference, Newtown St Boswells
  • Invited speaker at Going4Growth 2011 Annual Conference, Inverness
  • Presented paper on "Sunspace Augmented Positive Input Ventilation of Buildings" at EuroSun, Glasgow, 2006
  • "The Use of an Environmental Assessment Tool in Healthcare Buildings", World Sustainable Building Conference, Tokyo
  • Presented papers on "Monitoring Pollutants in Occupied Spaces" and "Human exposure to particulate and gaseous pollutants in a bar", Healthy Buildings, Singapore, 2003
  • Keynote paper presented on "Evaluation of Ventilation Performance in Public Spaces", European Conference on Smoke Free Workplaces, Berlin
  • Paper presented on "An Integrated Approach to Street Canyon Pollution Modelling, Urban Air Quality: Measurement, Modelling and Management", International Conference on Urban Air Quality, Madrid, 1999
  • Presented paper on "Road Traffic Pollution and its Effect on the Internal Environment of Buildings", European Conference on Energy Performance and Indoor Climate in Buildings, Lyon 1998
  • Presented paper on "Indoor Air Quality - the Assessment of Public Spaces", CIB W70 International Symposium on Useroriented and Cost Effective Management, Maintenance and Modernization of Building Facilities, Helsinki.
  • Paper presented on "Breathing Sunshine into Scottish Housing", EuroSun’96, Freiburg.
  • Paper presented on "Evaluation of Ventilation System Performance in Public Spaces", 17th AIVC Annual Conference, Gothenburg
  • Paper presented on "Air Quality Problems in UK Public Houses - A strategy for improvement", 2nd International Conference on Indoor Air Quality, Ventilation and Energy Conservation in Buildings, Montreal.
  • Presented paper on "Air Quality in Public Houses - Monitoring and Modelling", Healthy Buildings ‘95, Milan
  • Paper presented on "Investigation of Air Quality Problems in UK Public Houses", European Conference on Energy Performance & Indoor Climate in Buildings, Lyon.


External Examining/Validations

  • Ulster University - Validation
  • External Examiner - Glasgow Caledonian University
  • External Examiner – London South Bank University
  • External Examiner - Cork Institute of Technology
  • External Examiner - University of Highlands and Islands
  • External Examiner - University of Strathclyde
  • External Examiner - Heriot Watt University


Fellowships and Awards

  • John Napier Memorial Medal
  • Fellow of the Energy Institute
  • Award of Council - The Energy Institute
  • Principal's Award - Edinburgh Napier University
  • Runner-up and Highly Commended at the national Green Gown Awards the most prestigious recognition of sustainability best practice in the university and learning and skills sector, attracting over 175 entries


Grant Funding Panel Member

  • Scottish Government Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme Panel Member


Grant Reviewer

  • Peer reviewer for Research Council of Norway
  • Peer reviewer for AHRC
  • Peer Reviewer for EPSRC


Invited Speaker

  • Asset Management and Maintenance Practice Exchange
  • Interface Sustainable Design Retrofit and Resource Efficiency Measures Workshop
  • Keynote Speaker, HILinks Small Business Seminar, “Small Scale Renewables and your Business”, Benbecula.
  • Invited Speaker, Greenspace Research, Low Carbon Campus Summer School, Lews Castle College, Stornoway.
  • Invited Speaker, HIE HIEnergy Seminar, Building Integrated Renewables, Ardfern.
  • Invited Speaker, Shanghai Normal University, simultaneously translated keynote speech to 350 undergraduate students.
  • Keynote Speaker, HILinks Small Business Seminar, Environment Research Institute, Thurso.
  • Hong Kong British Consulate General and British Chamber of Commerce
  • All-Energy Conference on “How academia can help businesses improve their sustainability and energy efficiency”,
  • Edinburgh International Science Festival on the topic of “Zero Carbon Buildings of the Future”
  • Interface Food & Drink Showcase – ‘Food from Thought’
  • UK Craft Distillers Conference, “Energy for Craft Distillers”


Media Activity

  • 2008 Korean Television documentary on Zero Carbon Housing featuring an interview and footage of the Scottish Energy Centre and the renewable energy technologies located at Merchiston Campus
  • Chaired the 1989 Institute of Energy Young Engineers’ competition as part of the very 1st Edinburgh International Science Festival and adjudicated by Professor Heinz Wolff, the eminent bioengineering academic and presenter of “The Great Egg Race”.
  • Chaired the 1999 Scottish Energy Lecture entitled “Energy Tax – Opportunity or Threat?” at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, which received widespread media coverage
  • Co-chaired the 2002 Scottish Energy Debate ‘The Energy Gap’ with Louise Batchelor and held at the Glasgow Science Centre
  • Launch of Scottish Energy Centre joint venture with Windsave Ltd by Michael Russell MSP and University Principal at Craighouse Campus
  • Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards. Adjudicator and presenter of award for Green Business of the Year; sponsored by Edinburgh Napier University. 29th March 2012, Prestonfield House
  • Hosted Government Fuel Poverty Forum at Edinburgh Napier University with Rt. Hon Michael Moore MP, Scottish Secretary, Rt. Hon Ed Davie MP, Minister for Energy, Margaret Burgess MSP, Housing Minister and representatives from all major utility companies on 24th January 2013
  • Chaired “Energy Review 2014 - What should a set of energy New Year’s resolutions look like?”” event with invited keynote speaker Ian Marchant, Chief Executive of SSE and Chairman of Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group, to over 150 invited guests at Edinburgh Napier University on 14th January 2015
  • Opening of ERACO (European Large-scale Retrofit Project) STAR (Sustainable Thermal and Acoustic Retrofit) test house with Scottish Minister Angela Constance MSP at BRE Ravenscraig on 21st May 2014


Research Degree External Examining

  • George Loumakis, Glasgow Caledonian University, PhD
  • Albert Kotawoke Awopone, Brunel University, PhD
  • Faisal F. Aljawabra, Heriot Watt University, MPhil
  • Joseph Murray, Glasgow Caledonian University, PhD
  • Iain Macpherson, University of Highlands & Islands, MRes
  • Lucas Lira, University of Strathclyde, MPhil
  • Farajallah Abduallah Alrashed, Glasgow Caledonian University, PhD



  • Peer reviewer for Journal of Building Engineering
  • Peer reviewer for Journal of Building Research & Innovation
  • Peer reviewer for AHRC Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) call
  • Reviewer for Journal articles submitted to Energy and Buildings
  • Reviewer for journal articles submitted to the Journal of Thermal Biology
  • Reviewer for journal articles submitted to International Journal of Sustainable Built Environment
  • Reviewer for journal articles submitted to Energies Journal


Spin-outs and Licences

  • Patent No. 02745632.6-2301-GB0203247


Current Post Grad projects

Previous Post Grad projects

Non-Napier PhD or MSc by Research supervisions

  • Vincenzo Ortisi (PhD) - University of Highlands and Islands
  • John MacBeth (PhD) - University of Highlands and Islands
  • William Paterson (PhD) - Univesity of St. Andrews
  • Joseph Amoako-Attah (PhD) - University of West London