Energy and Environment

Research in this area combines expertise in economics, engineering and behavioural psychology to inform innovative and evidence-based policy responses to some of the greatest challenges facing policymakers in Ireland today, including climate change, energy security and sustainable utilisation of environmental resources.

Energy Research
The way energy is converted, provided and consumed has an enduring impact on the environment and economy, necessitating the development of clean and cost-effective energy sources that continue to support economic growth while attaining climate policy objectives. In order to inform effective development and management of such energy supplies, ESRI researchers generate new knowledge on the interdependencies and interactions between policymakers, energy suppliers and consumers across multiple aspects of energy policy including market regulation, infrastructure and factors influencing consumer adoption of new technologies.

Environmental Research
Researchers aim to help inform public policies that can support a healthier, safer environment. Ongoing research initiatives include investigating the potential to support economic benefits of fisheries through improved resources for anglers and an extensive environmental economics programme of research encompassing such topics as the impact of different sorts of incentives on promoting environmentally-friendly behaviours, the effects of taxes and subsidies on the environment and the links between environmental quality and public health.


Main Publications in Energy and Environment Research Area


Other Misc. Outputs



Householders’ views on the best energy efficiency retrofit incentive mechanisms
July 6, 2018 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Matthew Collins, Seraphim Dempsey , John Curtis
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Householder preferences for the design of an energy efficiency retrofit subsidy in Ireland
July 6, 2018 | Journal Article

Authors: Matthew Collins, Seraphim Dempsey , John Curtis
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Return on energy efficiency investments in rental properties
June 22, 2018 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Matthew Collins, John Curtis
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Pike stock management in designated brown trout fisheries: anglers’ preferences
June 20, 2018 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: John Curtis
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Pike (Esox lucius) stock management in designated brown trout (Salmo trutta) fisheries: anglers’ preferences
June 15, 2018 | Journal Article

Authors: John Curtis
Research Area: Energy and Environment


front cover of JA201805 The impact of broadband and other infrastructure on the location of new business establishments
June 6, 2018 | Journal Article

Authors: Daire McCoy, Seán Lyons , Edgar Morgenroth , Dónal Palcic , Leonie Allen
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Rental tenants’ willingness-to-pay for improved energy efficiency and payback periods for landlords
May 29, 2018 | Journal Article

Authors: Matthew Collins, John Curtis
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Managing risk in electric distribution networks
May 18, 2018 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Marco Cruz, Desta Fitiwi , Sergio Santos , Miadreza Shafie-khah , Joao Catalao
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Including value orientations in choice models to estimate benefits of wildlife management policies
May 12, 2018 | Journal Article

Authors: Gianluca Grilli, Sandra Notaro , Danny Campbell
Research Area: Energy and Environment


front cover of RB201812 Low rates of free-riding in residential energy efficiency retrofit grants
April 26, 2018 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Matthew Collins, John Curtis
Research Area: Energy and Environment


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