Dr Quentin Coutellier

Departmental Lecturer in Sustainability, Enterprise and the Environment


Quentin Coutellier is a Departmental Lecturer in Sustainability Enterprise and the Environment at the University of Oxford. Pursuing a teaching route in academia, teaching is what Quentin considers the most gratifying and fulfilling part of his role. Quentin has been lecturing, tutoring, supporting, supervising and mentoring students at several London based institutions, including Imperial College London, London Business School and the London School of Economics, as well as coaching a wide range of both, students and professionals, in the private sector. Accompanying mentees throughout their academic journey, facilitating their learning and fostering their commitment to help make this world a better place is a great source of happiness for him. He has been receiving high scores in student feedback surveys, a teaching excellence award, and a reputation as empathetic and approachable lecturer with a genuine passion for supporting students.

Quentin completed his PhD at Imperial College London. His dissertation looked at the economics of energy demand through the evaluation of smart meter policies, technologies and consumption behaviour in the UK domestic sector. Additionally, Quentin holds a Master of Science in Sustainable Energy Futures and a Master of Research in Business from Imperial College London; and a combined Bachelor's and Master’s degree in Engineering (Diplôme d’Ingénieur) from École nationale d'ingénieurs de Brest (Brest National Engineering School, France) in Robotics.  Throughout his Engineering degree, Quentin had the opportunity to work for companies with Worldwide presence in Aerospace and Defence, including Thales Underwater Systems and Naval Group, before briefly joining the Ifremer (French Institute for Research and Exploitation of the Sea) where he collaborated with an international team of researchers on the detection of seismic precursors in oceanic transform faults. 

Quentin's research interests are varied, sustainability related themes: e.g. Environmental Economics, Sustainable Development, Energy Demand Side Management, Internet of Things, Randomised Control Trials. He has been investigating the extent to which smart metering data in the domestic energy sector can help foster pro-environmental behaviours and provide useful metrics for businesses in order to facilitate their transition to a low carbon economy. Together with a research team at Imperial College and the LSE, they are piloting randomized control trials on virtual power plants in collaboration with industrial partners to assess how smart metering systems could be better utilized to, not only save energy, but also create value in the overall energy system while passing on these benefits to consumers.



London School of Economics

GY121 - Sustainable Development (undergraduate)

GY428 - Applied quantitative methods (graduate)

GY326 - Sustainable Business and Fiance (undergraduate)


Imperial College London Business School

Quantitative methods (graduate)

Analytics for applied Economics and Business (graduate)

Research Design (graduate)

Business Economics (undergraduate)


London Business School

Data Analytics for EMBA (executive)


“Making smart meters smarter the smart way” working paper (2019)

“Consumer driven virtual power plants: a field experiment on the adoption and use of prosocial technologies”, working paper (2021) - submitted to JAERE

“Homeworking can be Net Positive, evidence from the UK lockdown during COVID-19”, working paper (2022)

Géli, L., Piau, JM., Dziak, R. et al. Seismic precursors linked to super-critical fluids at oceanic transform faultsNature Geosci 7, 757–761 (2014).

Scientific Reports, co-authored (2018), Gas-related seismicity within the Istanbul earthquake gap.