Learn more about our guest speakers who will contribute during the 2021 National Energy Research and Policy Conference online webinar.

Dr Brian Caulfield

Associate Professor and Head of Discipline in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, Trinity College Dublin

Dr Brian Caulfield is an Associate Professor and Head of Discipline in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, Trinity College Dublin. He has been active in transport research for over 10 years and to date has attracted €3.4m in research funding from both National and EU funding sources. His research focuses upon the optimisation of transportation networks with the goal of reducing emissions and meeting our climate change targets.

In 2017, he addressed the Irish Citizens Assembly on Climate Change, providing evidence on what low carbon transport options Ireland could adopt to meet emission reduction targets and in 2020 provided evidence to the Climate Change Advisory Authority on transport and climate change. In 2021, he addressed the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Climate Action twice on this this topic.  He is currently a member of the steering group for the update and renewal of the Greater Dublin Area transport strategy for the National Transport Authority.

Dr Caulfield has published 80 peer-reviewed journal papers on the topic of transportation and is an Editor of Transport Policy (Impact factor: 4.674 ) and a Senior Editor of Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews (Impact factor: 14.982).   

Dr James Carton

Assistant Professor in Sustainable Energy in Dublin City University

Dr James Carton is Assistant Professor in Sustainable Energy in Dublin City University. Dr Carton’s research focus is energy sustainability through innovative technology development, techno-economic modelling, hydrogen for mobility, Power-to-X and renewable energy storage. Dr Carton is co-founder of Hydrogen Ireland Association and academic advisor to Hydrogen Mobility Ireland. Dr Carton is a Hydrogen Taskforce Expert to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN-ECE). Recently Dr Carton was awarded funding from Science Foundation Ireland to investigate the role of hydrogen to support decarbonisation on the island of Ireland in a project called "HyLight" with 25 industry partners.

Joseph Sherlock

Center for Advanced Hindsight at Duke University

Joseph Sherlock leads the Government Team at the Center for Advanced Hindsight at Duke University – a team which focuses on using behavioral science to bring innovation into civic society and has programs with funds totaling over $2million. He is currently on an extended secondment (sabbatical) from central government in the UK where he is a Principal Behavioural Scientist with HM Revenue and Customs. He is also PhD candidate at the London School of Economics, where is focusing on applying behavioral science to sustainable transportation.

He has previously worked at the Behavioural Insights Team in Public Health, as a Branding Consultant for Clear M&C Saatchi, and has co-founded a behavioral and wellbeing science consultancy. Joseph has run 50+ RCTs with governments across the world and has a wealth of experience applying behavioral science and human-centered design to difficult behavioral challenges, mostly in the sustainability, transportation, tax, financial decision making and health arenas. Joseph has a First Class Psychology degree from the University of Bath and holds an MSc in Social Policy from The London School of Economics.

Malithi Fernando

Policy Analyst, International Transport Forum

Malithi is a transport policy analyst and modeller at the International Transport Forum (ITF) at the OECD. As part of the Quantitative Policy Analysis team, she managed the ITF’s flagship publication, the Transport Outlook 2021. She has also developed strategic transport models for Estonia, evaluated the economic case for electric postal delivery vehicles in Korea, and contributed to a number of projects as part of ITF’s Decarbonising Transport Initiative. She brings valuable experience from her private sector and academic roles across North America, and the UK prior to joining ITF. Her work has spanned all transport sectors, with a special focus on active mobility, public transport, and their social impact. Malithi holds a MSc in Transport Planning from the University of Leeds, UK and a BSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Calgary, Canada.

Declan Meally

Director of Business, Public Sector and Transport, SEAI

Declan is Director of Business, Public Sector and Transport in the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, Ireland’s national body for sustainable energy policy and programmes. His portfolio of programmes include community engagement (smart city), renewable energy and energy retrofits and the low emission vehicle programmes.  He is a chartered mechanical engineer and has worked for over twenty five years in management in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining SEAI, Declan worked in management in Xerox Europe Limited and Aer Rianta.

Dr Lucy Corcoran

Programme Manager, Research, Development & Demonstration, SEAI

Lucy Corcoran works on delivery of the SEAI National Energy Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D) Funding Programme, which supports innovative energy RD&D projects that contribute to Ireland’s transition to a clean and secure energy future. Lucy represents Ireland on Europe’s Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SETPlan) Steering Group, and represents SEAI on the National Climate Research Coordination Group. Lucy is also the National Contact Point for the European Commission co-funded ERA-Net Smart Energy Systems initiative.

Lucy is an engineer with ten years’ experience in the energy sector, across industry and academia. She holds a BAI (Engineering) and PhD (Hydropower Energy Recovery) from Trinity College Dublin, and is a graduate of the UCD-TCD-QUB Innovation Academy (Innovation and Entrepreneurship).

Jim Scheer

Head of Policy Insights and Design, SEAI

Jim is responsible for SEAI’s policy insights and design support, covering statistics, energy modelling and behavioural economics. He joined SEAI in 2007 and prior to that worked for the Government of South Australia. Jim holds a MSc. in Economic Policy Studies from Trinity College Dublin and a primary degree in Environmental Science from Flinders University (South Australia). 

Denis Dineen

Energy Statistics Analyst, SEAI

Denis is an energy analyst with the statistics unit of SEAI since 2014 where he works on the development of the official national energy statistics and has been the lead author on a wide range of SEAI’s energy statistics reports. 

David Connolly

Director of Innovation UK and Ireland, SYSTRA Ltd.

Dr David Connolly is Director of New Mobility at SYSTRA Ltd, who are one of the largest specialist transport planning consultancies in Ireland.  He has spent much of his 30-year career helping clients in Ireland, the UK and beyond reduce the emissions of air quality pollutants and greenhouse gases from traffic and transport.  His expertise includes multi-modal transport modelling, vehicle fleet forecasting, emissions modelling and transport decarbonisation.  He has recently used these skills on various projects for the NTA and the Department of Transport, including the development of traffic demand management strategies for Ireland’s cities and providing transport-related inputs to the latest Climate Action Plan for Ireland. 


Stephen Dooley

Assistant Professor, School of Physics, Trinity College Dublin

Dr. Stephen Dooley is Assistant Professor at the School of Physics since August 2016. Stephen obtained his BSc and PhD from the National University of Ireland, Galway, in pure and applied chemistry and physical chemistry in 2004 & 2008 respectively. He then spent three-and-a-half years as a member of the professional research staff at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University, USA.  After this, he worked as a thermofluids technical specialist at Cummins Engine Company in the UK, before joining the University of Limerick as a Lecturer at the Department of Chemical & Environmental Sciences where he spent 3 years. His research interests are in the Science of Energy, where he specialises in chemical reaction kinetics, fuels, and combustion science. He holds starting investigator and Career Advancement Awards from Science Foundation Ireland. He is the founding Director of the MSc in Energy Science at Trinity College Dublin.

Bidisha Ghosh

Assistant Professor, School of Engineering,Trinity College Dublin

Dr Bidisha Ghosh is the Chair of the Irish Transport Research Network (ITRN) and an Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering at Trinity College Dublin. She leads the research group, QUANT. She is an expert of natural system behaviour prediction using statistical methods, time-series modelling, artificial intelligence algorithms, sustainable transportation and health impact assessment of active travel. She has published over 120 peer-reviewed journal and conference articles. She is the PI of several national and European research projects and has received €1.5 million in research funding. 

James Carroll

Postdoctoral Researcher, Trinity College Dublin

James Carroll's research explores household energy-related investments and behaviours - the role of monetary, economic and behavioural drivers, and the effects of informational interventions, such as energy labels and smart meters. Additional research explores household willingness-to-pay for carbon reductions on flights and the factors which affect sustainable transport choices. He is currently a Senior Economist at the Central Bank of Ireland. 

Sveinung André Kvalø

Senior Advisor at Electric Vehicle Association, Norway

Sveinung André Kvalø has a Master's Degree in Economics from the University in Oslo. Sveinung has 20 years' experience with economic analyses on transport and energy in both private and public sector. He has worked with national climate policies and international climate negotiations and is one of the leading EV policy experts in Norway. He has extensive knowledge on environmental transport and sustainable urban development.

Alan Murphy

Regional Manager, Smart Dublin

Alan is passionate about doing things differently using new technology. He is the Smart Dublin Regional Manager working across all four Dublin Local Authorities to explore emerging technology to provide better public services in areas such as Sustainable Mobility, Environmental Controls, Energy Efficiency, Citizen Sensing, etc. He has extensive experience in developing new business models and delivering change via technology in many sectors such as the Energy, Healthcare, Manufacturing and Humanitarian sectors. Most recently Alan has been exploring the topic of Mobility-as-a-Service as to the most appropriate approach for Ireland. He has previously worked for PwC, IBM and HCL Axon amongst others. Alan’s qualifications include a Business Studies Degree and Postgraduate Diploma in Computing from the University of Limerick.