Claudia Aravena

Senior Researcher

Biography: Claudia Aravena Novielli is a post doctoral researcher in Energy and Environmental Economics at the Department of Economics in Trinity College Dublin and a part time lecturer in Energy Economics and Policy at the Smurfit Business School in University College of Dublin. She completed her PhD at Queen’s University, Belfast (UK), and was also a visiting student in the Environmental Economics Unit at University of Gothenburg (Sweden). She holds a BA in Economics and MS in Environmental and Resource Economics from Universidad de Concepcion (Chile), where she was also part time lecturer in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Development Economics. During her PhD she was awarded the best paper awards at the 10th European IAEE Conference in 2009 and the III ALEAR Congress in 2007. Her research interests are in the areas of renewable energy sources; energy efficiency; electric vehicles; smart grids; energy policy; environmental valuation and behavioural economics.

Claudia is funded by the programme for Research in Third-Level Institutions (PRTLI) Cycle 5 and co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

Current research:

Claudia’s current research is focused in the following areas:

  • Electric vehicle deployment including willingness to pay, incentives and projected uptake.
  • Adoption of energy efficiency measures in households.
  • Behavioural aspects of electricity consumption in households under the implementation of smart meters.
  • Ocean energy, including the study of externalities, cost-benefit analysis, potential development, emission and fuel saving benefits among other aspects.

Keywords: electric vehicles, energy efficiency, demand side management, smart meters, ocean power, policy instruments.