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 Research Bulletin The economic contribution of recreational fishing: Waterville, Co. Kerry
November 29, 2017 | ESRI Research Bulletin

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


The economic contribution of a recreational fishery in a remote rural economy
November 29, 2017 | Journal Article

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


Bunching of residential building energy performance certificates at threshold values
November 22, 2017 | Journal Article

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


Front cover of bulletin How much extra energy does a household use when its income rises? The answer depends on how much energy it uses in the first place
November 15, 2017 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Jason Harold, John Cullinan , Seán Lyons
Research Area: Energy and Environment


front cover Water quality and water-based recreational activity
November 3, 2017 | ESRI Research Bulletin

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


Recreational boating site choice and the impact of water quality
October 17, 2017 | Journal Article

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


The income elasticity of household energy demand: a quantile regression analysis
July 10, 2017 | Journal Article

Authors: Jason Harold, John Cullinan , Seán Lyons
Research Area: Energy and Environment


What are the factors that discourage companies in the Irish commercial sector from investigating energy saving options?
July 1, 2017 | Journal Article

Authors: Matthew Clancy, John Curtis , Brian Ó Gallachóir
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Re-evaluating Irish energy policy in light of Brexit
June 21, 2017 | QEC Research Note

Authors: Muireann Á Lynch
Research Area: Energy and Environment


What factors drive inequalities in carbon tax incidence? decomposing socioeconomic inequalities in carbon tax incidence in Ireland
June 20, 2017 | Journal Article

Authors: Niall Farrell
Research Area: Energy and Environment


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