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



An Examination of the Abandonment of Applications for Energy Efficiency Retrofit Grants in Ireland
October 29, 2016 | Journal Article

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


front cover of WIRES journal Equity Impacts of Energy and Climate Policy: Who is Shouldering the Burden?
October 18, 2016 | Journal Article

Authors: Niall Farrell, Seán Lyons
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Public Acceptance and Preferences Related to Renewable Energy and Grid Expansion Policy: Empirical insights for Germany
September 30, 2016 | Journal Article

Authors: Valentin Bertsch, Margaret Hall , Christof Weinhardt , Wolf Fichtner
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Front cover of Research Bulletin The Impact of the North Atlantic Oscillation on Electricity Markets: A case study on Ireland
August 30, 2016 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: John Curtis, Muireann Á Lynch , Laura Zubiate
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Front cover of Utilities policy journal Competition and the Single Electricity Market: Which Lessons for Ireland?
August 15, 2016 | Journal Article

Authors: Valeria di Cosmo, Muireann Á Lynch
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Unintended Outcomes of Electricity Smart-metering: trading off consumption and investment behaviour
July 26, 2016 | ESRI Research Bulletin

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


Front cover of The Energy Journal Specifying an Efficient Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff
July 19, 2016 | Journal Article

Authors: Niall Farrell, Mel Devine , William T Lee , James P. Gleeson , Seán Lyons
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Front cover of Energy Economics journal The Impact of the North Atlantic Oscillation on Electricity Markets: A case study on Ireland
July 19, 2016 | Journal Article

Authors: John Curtis, Muireann Á Lynch , Laura Zubiate
Research Area: Energy and Environment


The Price Effect of Building Energy Ratings in the Dublin Residential Market
July 7, 2016 | Journal Article

Authors: Sarah Stanley, Ronan C Lyons , Seán Lyons
Research Area: Energy and Environment


The Residential Sector’s Demand for Energy
July 1, 2016 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: John Curtis, Brian Stanley
Research Area: Energy and Environment


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