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



Water quality and recreational use of public waterways
June 13, 2017 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Benjamin Breen, John Curtis , Stephen Hynes
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Water quality and recreational use of public waterways
June 1, 2017 | Journal Article

Authors: Benjamin Breen, John Curtis , Stephen Hynes
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Recreational angling tournaments: participants’ expenditures
May 25, 2017 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: John Curtis, Stephen Hynes , Paul O'Reilly , Benjamin Breen
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Irish residents’ views of energy-related technologies
May 24, 2017 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Valentin Bertsch, Marie Hyland , Michael Mahony
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Recreational angling tournaments: participants’ expenditures
May 10, 2017 | Journal Article

Authors: John Curtis, Stephen Hynes , Paul O'Reilly , Benjamin Breen
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Advances in energy system optimization
April 30, 2017

Editors: Valentin Bertsch , Wolf Fichtner , Vincent Heuveline , Thomas Leibfried
Research Area: Energy and Environment


A natural language generation approach to support understanding and traceability of multi-dimensional preferential sensitivity analysis in multi-criteria decision making
April 21, 2017 | Journal Article

Authors: David Wulf, Valentin Bertsch
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Designing fair support schemes for renewable electricity
April 19, 2017 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Mel Devine, Niall Farrell , William T Lee
Research Area: Energy and Environment


What drives people’s opinions of electricity infrastructure? empirical evidence from Ireland
April 13, 2017 | Journal Article

Authors: Valentin Bertsch, Marie Hyland , Michael Mahony
Research Area: Energy and Environment


More information, lower costs: a new electricity market mechanism
April 5, 2017 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Mel Devine, Muireann Á Lynch
Research Area: Energy and Environment


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