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 Cover of Energy Efficiency Journal Unintended Outcomes of Electricity Smart-metering: trading-off consumption and investment behaviour
April 1, 2017 | Journal Article

Authors: Daire McCoy, Seán Lyons
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Optimising feed-in tariff design through efficient risk allocation
March 31, 2017 | Journal Article

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


Value for money in energy efficiency retrofits in Ireland: grant provider and grant recipients
March 30, 2017 | ESRI Research Bulletin

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


Inducing truthful revelation of generator reliability
March 18, 2017 | Journal Article

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


Value for money in energy efficiency retrofits in Ireland: grant provider and grant recipients
March 17, 2017 | Journal Article

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


Anglers’ preferences for fishing site attributes
March 7, 2017 | ESRI Research Bulletin

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


On long-term transmission rights in the Nordic electricity markets
March 2, 2017 | Journal Article

Authors: Petr Spodniak, Mikael Collan , Mari Makkonen
Research Area: Energy and Environment


A simulation model for the management and expansion of extended port terminal operations
February 28, 2017 | Journal Article

Authors: Radu Cimpeanu, Mel Devine , Conor O'Brien
Research Area: Energy and Environment


The Potential Economic Impact of a Nuclear Incident — An Irish Case Study
November 23, 2016

Authors: John Curtis, Edgar Morgenroth , Bryan Coyne
Research Area: Energy and Environment


An Examination of the Abandonment of Applications for Energy Efficiency Retrofit Grants in Ireland
November 11, 2016 | ESRI Research Bulletin

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


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