Claudia Hihetah
PhD Student
Postgraduate Student
UCC Energy Transition Energy Policy & Modelling
University College Cork


Claudia is a PhD researcher at MaREI hosted at University College Cork. Investigating the lived experiences of energy poverty is significant in advancing solutions to energy poverty. Her PhD focuses on “Developing effective policy responses to address energy poverty and increase energy justice.”

Claudia’s PhD is under the supervision of Dr. Niall Dunphy, Prof. Brian Ó Gallachóir and Dr. Clodagh Harris.


Claudia has an MSc in Urbanisation and Development from The London School of Economics and Political Science. Her master’s thesis analysed the everyday practices of peri -urban slum dwellers in partaking in urban living. She received her BSc degree in Land Economy from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana.

She has work experience in advocacy campaigns, communications and programme management on the environment and climate action. She also has experience in teaching and research.

Through her doctoral studies, Claudia seeks to contribute to climate action through energy transitions in the built environment in close collaboration with industry players and the ERBE CDT.