Our Team

We are a Transdisciplinary Research Consortium

Project Co-ordinator

Dr Gerard Mullally: Sociology; co-PI Climate Change, Behaviour and Community Response (EPA) [with Ó Gallachóir]; and ENTRUST (H2020) [with Dunphy and Harris]. Member, Earth System Governance Working Group on Conceptual Foundations: Environmental Policy Integration (EPI), [with Dunphy]. International advisory boards: Innovation: European Journal Social Science Research; Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning. Former editor Irish Journal of Sociology; advisory committee Cross Border Research on Local Agenda 21 (Centre for Cross-Border Studies, 2002-3), Director, Cork Environmental Forum (2000-3), coordinator University Wide Module: Sustainability (Education for Sustainability based on the SDG’s).

Principal Investigators

Prof John Barry: Professor Green Political Economy, School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics, Queen's University Belfast.  Research includes: green politics, political economy of low carbon energy transition and resilient societies, post-growth economics and democratic and ethical dimensions of sustainability and climate change.  Funded projects: UK's ESRC; Irish EPA; NI Environment and Heritage Service - renewable energy and social acceptance, mapping low carbon transition and devising decision-making tools for policy-makers on sustainability in Ireland.

Prof Edmond Byrne: Chair/Professor Process & Chemical Engineering, UCC. Co-editor Transdisciplinary Perspectives on Transitions to Sustainability, [with Mullally & Sage] (Routledge, 2017); co-PI, ‘Sustainability in Society’ (UCC Research Priority Area with Sage & Mullally). Member, Scientific Committee: Engineering Education for Sustainable Development; co-recipient [with Mullally] Richard Trevithick Prize (2015), Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Engineering Sustainability; global recognition Institution of Chemical Engineers ‘Sustainability Teaching Award’, 2017.

Prof Geraint Ellis: Professor/ Chair of Environmental Planning, Director of Research (Sustainable Built Environment), School of Built and Natural Environment - Queen's University, Belfast. Researches energy, health, environmental governance & marine issues. Grant funding: national/international bodies on energy issues: Brazil (ESRC), Denmark (Danish Council for Strategic Research), Canada (Social Science and Humanities Research Council) and Ireland (EPA).  Co-editor; Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning and Irish expert on the International Energy Agency’s Task 28 working group on social acceptance of wind energy.

Prof Brian Ó Gallachóir: Professor, Energy Policy and Modelling, ERI/School of Engineering- UCC; lead Principal Investigator Climate Lab; Science Foundation Ireland (SFI’s) MaREI energy and marine-based research, development and innovation hub. Elected chair of the Executive Committee for IEA’s Technology Collaboration Programme on Energy Systems Modelling (IEA-ETSAP). Research on building/ using integrated energy systems models to inform energy and climate change mitigation policy. Member, Ireland’s Gas Innovation Group and the Steering Group of Energy Cork, an industry-driven cluster pursuing coordinated actions to strengthen enterprise and employment within the energy sector in the Cork region.

Dr Niall Dunphy: Director, Cleaner Production Promotion Unit (CPPU). Scientific lead: Energy System Transition through Stakeholder Activation, Education and Skills development (ENTRUST), a €3.48m H2020 project exploring the “Human factor in the energy system”; partner and PI on NewTREND, a €5.73m H2020 project developing Innovative participatory design tools for refurbishing buildings. Research interests: sustainability of socio-technical systems; participatory processes; human factors of sustainability; sustainable business configurations.

Dr Clodagh Harris: Government, UCC; co-PI, -ENTRUST; member International Scientific Advisory board ‘We the Citizens’, Ireland’s 1st Citizens’ Assembly (June 2011), International observer Belgium’s G1000 Citizens’ Summit (November 2011). Member Irish Constitutional Convention’s Academic and Legal Advisory Group (2012-2014). Interests: deliberative democratic theory, practice incl. mini-publics & democratic innovations.

Dr Barry O’ Dwyer: Senior Postdoctoral Researcher, MaREI, PI: Climate Information Platform for Ireland and Urb-ADAPT (Large Urban Area Adaptation); Work Package Leader - ERANET 4CS/ Clim2POWER.  He has supported the development of adaptation plans for the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

Dr Paul Bolger: Manager, Environmental Research Institute (ERI); coordinator; Climate Lab-UCC, holds a PhD in Chemistry from Queen’s University Belfast and an M.B.A. Paul was a US Environmental Protection Agency Research Fellow on novel electrochemical technologies for recycling metals in industrial wastewater and worked as R&D manager in Bord na Mόna, Environmental Ltd.  Paul was co-PI on an EPA Climate Technology project (2013-2015) and is currently co-PI on EPA-funded NEWTRIENTS project valorising dairy industry wastewater in a circular economy approach.

Dr James Glynn: Research fellow in energy systems modelling and policy at the MaREI centre, with a PhD in energy systems, an M.Sc in renewable energy systems, M.A. in environmental economic modelling and a B.Eng. in mechanical engineering. He is an expert TIMES user and developer of both Irish-TIMES and the global IEA ETSAP TIMES Integrated Assessment model (ETSAP-TIAM). He is part of the global ETSAP-TIAM developers group exploring novel developments in TIMES integrated energy system modelling, including high performance computing, climate interactions with the energy system, methods for model uncertainty using monte-carlo analysis and hybrid methods linking energy systems models with macroeconomic models to understanding the macroeconomic impacts of decarbonising the energy system. He is an EU-commission invited expert in TIMES. His most recent publications explore zero carbon energy system pathways for Ireland consistent with the Paris Agreement and the impact of local air pollution on equitable global decarbonisation. He is leading an international research project exploring the role of carbon capture and storage in global Integrated Assessment models. He is recently embarking on a project to build a new global TIMES Integrated Assessment model in conjunction with Tsinghua University Beijing and Peking University Beijing. He on the steering group for the development of ESRI’s I3E-COSMO environmental macroeconomic model, and collaborates on multiple international energy-climate networks including the International Energy Agency energy technology systems analysis programme (IEA-ETSAP), the Integrated Assessment Modelling Consortium (IAMC) and JPI-Climate.

Dr Fionn Rogan: Lecturer and researcher in energy systems modelling, School of Engineering and MaREI Centre, UCC. He has developed and used energy systems models and worked with a range of stakeholders (government departments, large industry, SMEs, and NGOs) to explore future low carbon pathways for Ireland. He is also interested in energy technology innovation, and how technology and society co-evolve over time

Dr Paul Deane: Specialist in integrated energy modelling and EU energy and climate policy. He has published over 80 academic papers and articles on energy and climate policy. He was an author on Ireland’s first integrated energy roadmap.  He is a member of the INSIGHT-E consortium which is a FP7 funded think tank to the European Commissions and a member of the DEEDS consortium which provides strategic scientific advice to the Commission. He is the Royal Irish Academy speaker on computer science and engineering for 2018 and a non-resident fellow at Colorado School of Mines.

Dr Stephen Flood: Senior Postdoctoral Researcher, MaREI. Stephen's research is focused on resilience, climate services and indicator development, climate change adaptation governance, vulnerability assessment and hazard management. He is currently working on EU Intereg funded Collaborative Learning Initiative Managing and Adapting to The Environment (CLIMATE). This multi-agency multi-disciplinary project is working towards developing climate change adaptation plans at a local and regional government level. Previous to his appointment at UCC Stephen worked as an environmental social scientist at Landcare Research in Wellington and as a postdoctoral fellow at the New Zealand Climate Change Research Institute, at Victoria University of Wellington. His research in New Zealand was focused on climate change adaptation governance, coastal management and serious games. 

Senior Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr Alexandra Revez: Senior Post Doctoral Researcher with Imagining2050 (2018-2020).  Her work has concentrated on key public participation issues linked to environmental, disaster management and social care policy. This has involved collaborative engagements among communities to re-imagine local services, give voice to different community groups and address the diverse range of needs and expectations from specific socio-demographic and economic backgrounds.  Previous research has included: ENTRUST (2015-2018) focused on exploring the social dimensions of the energy system across different European communities, the  3-Cities (2013-2015) focused on collaborative evaluation and development of community services in urban neighbourhoods, for people with disabilities, older people and children, and ANDROID (2012-2015) concerned with promoting interdisciplinarity in disaster research in a European context.



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