Keith Bell studied electrical engineering as an undergraduate and, by chance, became involved in the planning and operation of the power system, something he studied for his PhD and as a post-doctoral researcher. This took him into being interested in decarbonisation of the power system, grid integration of renewables and risk in electricity supply. Before joining Strathclyde in 2005, he worked in the electricity supply industry for a number of years. His interests over the last decade have broadened to wider questions of energy policy. He became a member of the Committee on Climate Change in April 2019.