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



front image for RB201811 Economic contribution and management of sea bass angling in Ireland
April 25, 2018 | ESRI Research Bulletin

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


front cover of RB201810 Urban green space and obesity in older adults
April 12, 2018 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Seraphim Dempsey, Seán Lyons , Anne Nolan
Research Area: Energy and Environment


front cover of JA201821 Willingness-to-pay and free-riding in a national energy efficiency retrofit grant scheme
April 7, 2018 | Journal Article

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


front cover of JA201820 Sea bass angling in Ireland: a structural equation model of catch and effort
April 5, 2018 | Journal Article

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


front cover of RB201805 The local factors that affect where new businesses are set up
March 26, 2018 | ESRI Research Bulletin

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


front cover of JA201818 Self-consumption through power-to-heat and storage for enhanced PV integration in decentralised energy systems
March 15, 2018 | Journal Article

Authors: Hannes Schwarz, Hans Schermeyer , Valentin Bertsch , Wolf Fichtner
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Optimally allocating renewable generation in Ireland: a long-term outlook until 2050
March 13, 2018 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Viktor Slednev, Valentin Bertsch , Manuel Ruppert , Wolf Fichtner
Research Area: Energy and Environment


front cover of JA201816 Urban green space and obesity in older adults: Evidence from Ireland
March 12, 2018 | Journal Article

Authors: Seraphim Dempsey, Seán Lyons , Anne Nolan
Research Area: Energy and Environment


front cover of RB201808 Examining the benefits of demand reduction policies for electricity
March 9, 2018 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Mel Devine, Valentin Bertsch
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Adoption of natural gas for residential heating
March 8, 2018 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Daire McCoy, John Curtis
Research Area: Energy and Environment


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