James’ research interests focus on the feedbacks between the energy system and economy, and researches these dynamics through integrated energy systems models such as Irish TIMES (Irish) and TIAM (Global), applied to the integrated assessment of climate mitigation pathways, macroeconomic impacts, and energy security impacts.
James is currently working on:
- CHIMERA partnership project SFI-NSFC.
- Carbon Capture and Storage review in Integrated Assessment Models.
- ETSAP-TIAM Community Integrated assessment climate-energy system model.
- TIAM-MACRO global integrated economy-climate-energy system model.
- Finance required for equitable decarbonisation.
- Evaluating the external damage costs of Local Atmospheric Pollution.
- Irish-TIMES integrated energy systems model for Ireland.
- Irish-TIMES-MACRO hybrid integrated economy-energy system model for Ireland.
- Science Foundation Ireland funded energy-economy work stream.
- Gas Innovation Group project on maximizing opportunities for renewable gas.
James holds PhD in Energy Engineering (UCC), an M.Sc. in Energy Systems and the Environment (Strathclyde), an M.A. in Economic and Environmental Modelling (NUIG), and a B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering (NUIG). He is an expert TIMES user and developer of both Irish-TIMES and the global IEA-ETSAP TIMES Integrated Assessment model (ETSAP-TIAM). He is part of the global ETSAP-TIAM developers group exploring novel developments in TIMES integrated energy system modelling, including high performance computing, climate interactions with the energy system, methods for model uncertainty using monte-carlo analysis and hybrid methods linking energy systems models with macroeconomic models to understanding the macroeconomic impacts of decarbonising the energy system. He is an EU-commission invited expert in TIMES. His most recent publications explore zero carbon energy system pathways for Ireland consistent with the Paris Agreement and the impact of local air pollution on equitable global decarbonisation. He is leading an international research project exploring the role of carbon capture and storage in global Integrated Assessment models. He is recently embarking on a project to build a new global TIMES Integrated Assessment model in conjunction with Tsinghua University Beijing and Peking University Beijing. He on the steering group for the development of ESRI’s I3E-COSMO environmental macroeconomic model, and collaborates on multiple international energy-climate networks including the International Energy Agency energy technology systems analysis programme (IEA-ETSAP), the Integrated Assessment Modelling Consortium (IAMC) and JPI-Climate.
James has published in energy systems modelling and macroeconomic feedback, with applications to energy security and equity at national and global scales. He has been an invited as government panelist and adviser on energy security and energy poverty strategies for the most recent Irish Energy White Paper. He contributed to the technical modelling for the Irish Low Carbon road map during his PhD. James has also published as part of Insight-E, an Academic-Industry think-tank advising the European Commission on energy security.