Anna O’Regan
PhD Student
Postgraduate Student
UCC Energy Transition, Climate Action Energy Policy & Modelling
University College Cork


Anna is currently pursuing a PhD under the supervision Dr. Marguerite Nyhan (UCC), Prof. Colin O’Dowd (NUIG) and Dr. Stig Hellebust (UCC). Her research is entitled “Elucidating the Environmental Health Co-Benefits & Trade-Offs of Climate Action Plan GHG Mitigation Efforts using Coupled Regional-to-Urban Air Quality Modelling & Advanced Measurements in Major Irish Cities.” This research aims to understand how actions implemented through the Climate Action Plan for reducing GHG emissions from specific sectors will impact on air quality and human health in urbanising cities nationally


She graduated from UCC in 2020 with a first-class honours degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering. In her third year of university, she studied at the University of California Berkeley where she developed a global outlook on research. Returning to UCC for her fourth year of study, she worked with Dr. Marguerite Nyhan for her Final Year Project. This research focused on benchmarking urban greenspace at street-level in high-resolution using Google Street View imagery for Dublin, Cork and Galway cities. Furthermore, they examined the associations between urban greenspace and socio-economic and health variables. Undertaking this project heightened her interest in the research areas of urban environmental engineering as well as sustainable and healthy cities of the future.