Research Team

The Team is from

University College Cork (UCC)

Université Côte d’Azur

University of Leeds

University of Padua

University of the West of England

Team Members

Luca Bernardi

Erasmus Masters Student from the University of Padua

Mr Bernardi was a final-year masters student of University of Padua, Italy. His course of study was energy engineering. He holds a degree from the University of Padua in the field of energy engineering where his thesis examined the production of biofuels from microalgae. He wrote his masters thesis at University College Cork concerning evaluation of wind farms in Ireland, under the supervision of Dr Deeney for six months.

Peter Deeney

Principal Investigator and PhD Supervisor

Senior Post Doctoral Researcher in the Environmental Research Institute of UCC

Dr Deeney is a researcher whose area of interest is energy finance. His background is in finance and mathematics. He has previously examined the influence of sentiment in the professionally traded oil and emissions markets. He has published on the EU Emissions Trading System, market responses to data breaches, carbon lock-in, real option pricing and wind turbine blade recycling.

Peter is a member of the Irish Accounting and Finance Association, the Commodities and Energy Markets Association, IEA Wind Task 45 and the Re-Wind Network.

Claire Ducourtieux

Masters Student from Côte d’Azur University, Nice, France

Ms Ducourtieux is working on her Masters in Energy, Environment and Innovative Materials based in Côte d’Azur University. She has a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and is looking at the recycling methods and value of turbines at their end-of-life. She worked as a summer intern in 2022.

Niall Dunphy

Collaborator specialising in Sustainability and Community Energy

Director of the Cleaner Production Promotion Unit, University College Cork

Dr Dunphy is director of the Cleaner Production Promotion Unit (CPPU) of the Environmental Research Institute, UCC. The CPPU is a multidisciplinary research group working on the human aspects of sustainability, with a particular emphasis on people’s relationship with energy and the energy system.

Niall’s research focus lies at the intersection of the social sciences with science and engineering, he conducts engaged research focused on the theme of society, sustainability and energy. His research interests include: sustainable communities; environmental policy integration; energy practices and behaviours; energy poverty; attitudes to energy infrastructure; sustainability of the built environment; sustainable business models.

Fabian Gogolin

Collaborator specialising in Financial Modelling and Corporate Finance

Assistant Professor in Leeds University Business School

Dr Gogolin is an assistant professor in Finance and Accounting in Leeds University Business School. His research interest is primarily focused in the areas of financial market analysis and corporate finance. His specific interests include: (i) boards of directors, (ii) corporate impact of data breaches, and (iii) commodity finance.

Paul Leahy

Co P.I. for Wind Value and PhD Co-Supervisor and Mentor

Lecturer in Wind Energy, School of Engineering and Architecture, University College Cork

Dr Leahy is a lecturer in Wind Energy at University College Cork and a Funded Investigator in the Science Foundation Ireland MAREI Centre for Marine, Climate and Energy research.

He has published over 35 articles in international peer-reviewed journals and is a Principal Investigator on several research projects including Re-Wind. Re-Wind is a transdisciplinary circular economy project aiming to generate sustainable repurposed products from decommissioned composite material wind turbine blades. Dr Leahy currently co-supervises six PhD students working on topics in renewable energy, circular economy and climate change, and has examined over 20 PhD theses for various universities in Ireland, the UK and New Zealand. His research interests include: wind energy; energy storage; impacts of climate change; and greenhouse gas emissions measurement and modelling.

Dorcas Allan Mikindani

PhD Researcher for the Project

PhD Scholar in University College Cork 

Ms Mikindani is a first-year doctoral student working under the supervision of Dr Deeney, Dr O’Brien and Dr Leahy in Cork University Business School and the Environmental Research Institute.

She holds an MSc in Global Environmental Economics from the National University of Ireland Galway and a BSc in Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness from Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania. She won an international competition to carry out this research which is supported by the Irish Research Council through the Pathway Programme.

John O’Brien

Co-Supervisor for PhD

Lecturer in Finance in Cork University Business School

Dr O’Brien is a lecturer in Finance and director of the MSc Finance (Investment and Asset Management) in Cork University Business School, University College, Cork. Research interests focus on quantitative investment strategies, portfolio management and risk analysis across multiple asset classes. Recent topics include investigations of the interaction  between finance and the transition to green energy.

Signific investment industry experience as a quantitative  investment manager, with recognized excellence in both the traditional  and alternative  sectors. Co-founder of Aphelion Capital, an equity based hedge fund manager which reached $1.2bn asset under management.

Rebecca Windemer

Collaborator specialising in Planning, Communities and Wind Energy

Lecturer in the Dept. of Geography and Environmental Management in the University of the West of England

Dr Windemer is a lecturer in environmental planning at the University of the West of England and a chartered town planner. Rebecca’s research has focused on the use of time-limited planning consents and how decisions are being made regarding the future of existing UK onshore wind and solar farms, (repowering, life-extension and decommissioning). As part of this research she has explored how communities have experienced living with wind farms over time and how they have responded to repowering applications. Rebecca’s research findings have been used by policymakers, industry and communities. She won the 2021 Economic and Social Research Council Award for Outstanding Early Career Research and a short video about this research can be found here :