Biography: Lisa joined UCD Energy Institute as a senior researcher in energy economics in 2014. Lisa completed her primary degree in Chemical Engineering at University College Dublin in 1996, followed by a Masters of Science in Chemical Engineering at Colorado School of Mines, Colorado, U.S.A. Her focus of research there was the regulation and measurement of heavy-duty vehicle emissions. Lisa returned to UCD in 2002 where she completed a Masters in Economic Science in 2004 and a PhD in environmental economics from University College Dublin (UCD) in the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy in 2006 and her thesis topic was an economic assessment of policy instruments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transport.
Lisa was the senior energy economist in the Energy Efficiency Unit at the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris until summer 2013 where she led projects relating to energy efficiency finance, transport, and cross-sectoral policy. She subsequently worked as an independent consultant in energy and environmental economics. Lisa also previously worked for Comhar, the national Sustainable Development Council as research director, as emissions engineer at Volkswagen AG in Germany, and as policy analyst at the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. She has published numerous journal articles and research reports in the areas of energy policy, economics, energy efficiency, transport and climate change economics. Lisa's research interests lie in the economics of energy policy and markets, in particular the economics of renewable energy technologies and systems and energy efficiency.
Lisa is funded by the Programme for Research in Third-Level Institutions Cycle 5 (PRTLI) and co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).