Dr. Steven Griffiths
Dr. steve griffiths Professor of Practice Senior Vice President, Research and Development Chemical Engineering

Contact Information
steven.griffiths@ku.ac.ae 023124222


Dr. Steven Griffiths is Senior Vice President for Research and Development and Professor of Practice at the Khalifa University of Science and Technology. At Khalifa University, his responsibilities include development and implementation of the university’s research strategy, management of the university’s research institutes and centers and management of the departments that are accountable for research partnerships, research services, technology management and innovation, research computing and research laboratories.

In addition to his executive management role at Khalifa University, Dr. Griffiths is a member of the Emirates Research and Development Council, advisor to the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science, a Zayed Sustainability Prize Selection Committee member, a member of the Dubai Future Council on Energy, an elected member of the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee, a Governing Board member of the Graphene Engineering Innovation Center at the University of Manchester, a member of the UAE Artificial Intelligence Expert Group, a board member of the Microsoft Energy Core and a Board member of Human CorpMission established by the Rosatom Corporate Academy and the Higher School of Economics National Research University. He advised the government of Alberta, Canada on provincial innovation system structuring throughout 2014 and continues to support the global advancement of research and innovation via evaluator and mentor roles in regional and international research and innovation competitions and programs.

Dr. Griffiths is Associate Editor and Editorial Board member of Elsevier’s international journal Energy Strategy Reviews and Editorial Board member of Elsevier’s international journal Smart Energy. He further is a non-resident Fellow of the Payne Institute for Public Policy at the Colorado School of Mines, which is a leading Institute focused on energy, natural resource and environmental policy. Dr. Griffiths’ international research engagements further include an appointment as research affiliate at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado-Boulder. In addition to these roles, Dr. Griffiths serves as advisor to journals and magazines focused on energy systems and technology innovation while regularly providing insights and commentary on technology and innovation for regional and international publications. Prior to his position at KU, Dr. Griffiths was Vice President for Research and Associate Provost at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology. Dr. Griffiths transitioned to the Masdar Institute from his role as Executive Director of the Technology and Development Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which is a position he undertook while simultaneously serving as the Founding Executive Vice President and Chief Technologist of Light Pharma Incorporated.

Dr. Griffiths holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

  • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • MBA, Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • BSc, Bucknell University

Affiliated Research Institutes/Centers

Research Interests
  • Energy systems modeling
  • Industrial decarbonization
  • Water and climate

Research Projects

The UK Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre (IDRIC): the vision of IDRIC is to become a world-leading, high-impact research and innovation centre, acting as the national focal point and international gateway for UK industrial decarbonisation research and innovation. Under IDRIC, a complete portfolio of industrial decarbonization systematic literature reviews has been undertaken to provide detailed sociotechnical understanding of the opportunities for decarbonization across multiple industrial sectors. The international team involved is from Khalifa University, the University of Sussex (UK), the Colorado School of Mines (US) and Hanyang University (South Korea).

Khalif University is leading the work on hydrogen as a fuel for industrial decarbonization as well as decarbonization of the oil refining and concrete and cement industries. For more information please visit https://idric.org/

Fuel and Mobility Poverty: this research attempts to further explore the links between fuel and transport poverty by taking into consideration three case studies. The first, will comprehend the cities of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, in UAE and will consist in making a comparative analysis between both Emirates. Whilst the second and third case study will focus on Mexico, Mexico City, and Northern Ireland, Belfast. The geographic regions of Middle East, North America and Europe were selected to provide a global perspective on this matter, which in turn, ought to allow us to make policy and social comparisons between the three regions and within them, for the UAE’s case.




Research Staff and Graduate Students:

Joao Uratani Research Engineer (Khalifa University)
Dylan Furszyfer Del Rio Postdoctoral Research Fellow (University of Sussex)