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Niall Dunphy BSc (Env Sc), MSc (Government), PhD
Director, Cleaner Production Promotion Unit
Fellow, School of Engineering and Architecture
Principal Investigator, Environmental Research Institute
e: n.dunphy@ucc.ie

Dr Niall Dunphy is an experienced cross-disciplinary sustainability researcher with training and expertise in the natural sciences, social and political sciences, and engineering domains. Niall is the Director of the Cleaner Production Promotion Unit, which conducts engaged research centred on the theme of society, sustainability and energy. He leads a multidisciplinary team researching a variety of human-centric sustainability topics, with a particular emphasis on people’s relationship with energy and the energy system. Niall has been Coordinator and Principal Investigator of numerous EU- and national-funded research projects, further details of which can be found in his Research Profile.

Researchers

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Gerard Mullally BA,  MA, PhD
Associate & Principal Investigator
Lecturer and Deputy Head of Department of Sociology & Criminology
e: g.mullally@ucc.ie

Dr Gerard Mullally is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology & Criminology, University College Cork, where he specialises on sociology of the environment, sustainability, climate and energy. His research interests include: public participation in sustainability transitions, climate change communication and Education for Sustainability. He is principal investigator of the innovative Imagining 2050 project, exploring and co-developing visions of, and pathways to, low-carbon futures. More information can be found in his Research Profile.


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Breffní Lennon BA, MA (Res), PhD
Research Fellow & Principal Investigator
Human Geography
 
Dr Breffní Lennon is a Research Fellow within CPPU, which he joined in 2015. He works across the group's research programme contributing to many of the research projects, and is co-principal investigator on the ACCEPT and EnergyMeasures projects. Breffní is a human geographer researching the social and economic dimensions to the energy transition, in particular renewable energy, along with wider sustainability issues concerning long-term community engagement. More information can be found in his Research Profile.

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Alexandra Revez BA, MA, PhD
Senior Postdoctoral Researcher
Human Geography
 
Dr Alexandra Revez is a Senior Postdoctoral Researcher, she joined CPPU in 2016 to work on the ENTRUST project (H2020, 2012-15), and subsequently  on the Imagining 2050 project (EPA, 2018-21) both of which involved innovative engagements of the public around energy. She is now primarily based within the MaREI SFI research centre working on a variety of projects focused on public participation issues linked to energy and sustainability. Within CPPU, Alexandra is contributing to the ENCLUDE project (H2020, 2021-24) exploring energy citizenship, and to work on the IEA Gender and Energy Annex.


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Lauren Quinlivan BSc, MSc
Research Support Officer
 
Lauren Quinlivan is a research support officer at CPPU, which she joined in 2019. A natual scientist by training, Lauren's work was initially focused on an initiative to quantify, and start a process towards reducing, the university's climate impact (B&EO, 2019-20). More recently she has being providing research support and undertaking research across a number of projects, particularly contributing to the REALISE (H2020, 2020-23) and ACCEPT (H2020, 2021-24) projects. 


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Paola Velasco-Herrejón BA, MA, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher
Development and Energy Justice

Dr Velasco-Herrejón is a post-doctoral researcher at CPPU working across a range of projects, but particularly working on the REALISE and EnergyMeasures Projects funded under the EU Horizon 2020 programme. Her research focuses on education and public engagement in environmental decision-making, particularly renewable energy, along with wider sustainability, energy justice, and community participation issues.


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Christine Gaffney BA, MA, PhD
Senior Postdoctoral Researcher
Gender Theory

Dr Christine Gaffney is a senior post-doctoral researcher within the Cleaner Production Promotion Unit, where she contributes her expertise on gender and intersectionality to a number of research projects. Currently her efforts are focused on the ACCEPT, EnergyMeasures and REALISE H2020 funded projects, all of which are centred on the human and societal aspects of energy and decarbonisation. 
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Peter Deeney BD, MSc, PhD
Senior Postdoctoral Researcher
Economics
 
Dr Peter Deeney is a senior post-doctoral researcher at CPPU where he contributes from an economics and socio-economic perspective. Peter currently contributes to two projects: the first is Re-Wind, an SFI funded US-Ireland tripartite project which explores the environmental, social and economic dimensions (more) sustainable options for  end-of-life wind turbine blades. The second is X-ROTOR an H2020 funded project, which is concerned with assessing and maximising the social, economic and environmental benefit of novel off-shore wind turbine blades.
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Aaron 'Luke' Smith BA, MPA, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher
Energy and Environmental Policy
 
Dr A. Luke Smith is a post-doctoral researcher who is working on the SafeWAVE project funded under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. He joined UCC from the University of Delaware, where he undertook his doctoral research on the topic 'Equalizing Power: Ireland and the Rapid Transition to a Sustainable Energy Future for Europe'. Luke's current work within SafeWAVE involves the development of a framework for education and public enagement around marine projects, and particularly wave energy.

Adminstration

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Theresa Carthy
Administrator
e: t.carthy@ucc.ie

Postgraduate Students

Claudia Hihetah (PhD Student, Government and Politics, UCC)

  • ERBE: Energy Resilience in the Built Environment Centre for Doctoral Training
  • Research topic: Developing effective policy responses to address energy poverty and increase energy justice.
  • Supervisors: Dr Clodagh Harris, Dr Niall Dunphy, Prof. Brian Ó Gallachóir


Karla Santos (PhD Student, Sociology & Criminology, UCC)

  • ERBE: Energy Resilience in the Built Environment Centre for Doctoral Training
  • Research topic: Societal engagement methods focussing on improving the resilience of low-income households.
  • Supervisors: Dr Gerard Mullally, Dr Niall Dunphy


Angela Nagle (PhD Student, Civil Engineering, UCC)

  • Re-Wind: Reuse and Recycling of Decommissioned Composite Material Wind Turbine Blades
  • Research topic: Life-Cycle Analysis of end-of-life options for wind turbine blades.
  • Supervisors: Dr Paul Leahy, Dr Niall Dunphy; Advisor: Dr Gerard Mullally


Fergal Gough (PhD Student, Sociology & Criminology, UCC)

  • Re-Wind: Reuse and Recycling of Decommissioned Composite Material Wind Turbine Blades
  • Research topic: Community dimensions of reuse and recycling of end-of-life wind turbine blades.
  • Supervisors: Dr Gerard Mullally, Dr Paul Leahy; Advisor: Dr Niall Dunphy


Heloisa Lemmertz (PhD Student, Sociology & Criminology, UCC)

  • Re-Wind: Reuse and Recycling of Decommissioned Composite Material Wind Turbine Blades
  • Research topic: Sustainable business modes for the reuse and recycling of end-of-life wind turbine blades
  • Supervisors: Dr Gerard Mullally, Dr Niall Dunphy; Advisor: Dr Paul Leahy



Cleaner Production Promotion Unit

G.03 Environmental Research Institute, University College Cork, Lee Road, Cork T23 XE10, Ireland

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