Dr. Matt Stables


School of Engineering

Kirkham Building, KM009

+44 (0) 1772 89 3581


Subject Areas: Energy and Sustainability, Engineering

Dr Matt Stables is a lecturer and Course Leader for BEng / MEng / MSc Energy Engineering. Having had extensive research experience in science and engineering, Matt’s research interests lie in the fields of Renewable Energy and Low Carbon Technology and Sustainability.

Interest from PhD applicants is welcome


Full Profile

After many years in industry, Matt began his academic career in 1999 as a mature student, graduating with BSc Environmental Science from Lancaster University. Research interests led to a PhD in System Identification and Automated Control, quickly followed by post graduate research posts in varied fields from Particle Accelerator Physics to Marine Energy development.

Dr Stables joined the School of Engineering at UCLan in 2012 pursuing further interests in Renewable Energy, with the post of Project Engineer for a multi-million pound UCLan/ERDF project promoting renewable energy to small and medium sized businesses in the North West UK. At the same time, Matt completed a Master's degree in Wind Energy Engineering. Upon completion of the project, Matt was encouraged to take on course leadership duties for undergraduate Energy Engineering courses and became a full time lecturer in energy related modules.

Matt is an active researcher in the field of energy technologies and low carbon innovations. Amongst involvement with numerous project, he is currently developing a novel hydro turbine for use with upland catchments and assessing energy efficiency applications with Graphene in carbon composite materials.


  • BSc (Hons) Environmental Science (1st class) – Lancaster University, 2002
  • MSc Wind Energy Engineering (Dist) – UCLan, 2013
  • PhD ‘System Identification and Control Using State Dependant Parameter Modelling’ – Lancaster University, 2006


A Fsadni, J Whitty, M Stables (2016) A brief review on frictional pressure drop reduction studies for laminar and turbulent flow in helically coiled tubes. Applied Thermal Engineering, Vol 109, Part A, October 2016, Pages 334-343

Wang, L and Liu, X and Guo, L and Renevier, N and Stables, M.A. (2014) A Mathematical model for calculating cross-sectional properties of modern wind turbine composite blades. Renewable energy, Vol 4, April 2014, PP52-60

Mokhtar, M and Stables, M.A and Liu,X and Howe, J.(2012) Intelligent Multi-Agent System for Building Heat Distribution Control with Combined Gas Boilers and Ground Source Heat Pump. Energy & Buildings Vol 62, July 2013, Pages 615–626

McCabe, A. P. and Stables, M. A. and Aggidis, G.A. (2010) A Frequency-Response Design Method for the Control of Wave Energy Converters in Irregular Seas. In: 3rd International conference and exhibition on Ocean Energy, ICOE 2010, 2010-10-06 - 2010-10-08, Bilbao, Spain.

Research activities

  • Renewable Energy Technology Assessment, Integration and Development.
  • Low Carbon Technology
  • Energy Efficiency Assessment


  • 2007-2009 Cockcroft Institute/Lancaster University “Simulation of Multipactor in RF vacuum chambers”
  • 2009-2012 EPSRC SUPERGEN-Marine – Lancaster University
  • 2012-2015 ERDF IsWindTech – UCLan
  • 2018-2019 Innovate UK – NanoTool - UCLan

Teaching activities

  • Course Leader; Energy Engineering, BEng, MEng, MSc
  • Module Leader; ER1630 Engineering Applications, ER2711 Electromagnetic Systems, ER3800 Renewable Energy Technology