Connor McGookin
Post Doctoral Researcher
UCC Energy Transition Energy Policy & Modelling


BE and PhD in Energy Engineering, University College Cork, Ireland. Connor completed his doctoral thesis “Developing participatory methods in energy system modelling and planning”, while a member of the Dingle Peninsula 2030, Imagining2050 and CREDENCE projects.

Following his PhD, Connor briefly supported the development of a Case Study Paper with the Office of the Planning Regulator “Climate Action and the Local Authority Development Plan”. And is currently a post-doctoral researcher working on Ireland’s Five-Year Assessment Report, Volume 2: Achieving Climate Neutrality by 2050.

Research Interests

Participatory approaches to energy system modelling and planning, local energy planning, local authority climate action planning, and community responses to sustainability challenges (in particular climate change)


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Dingle Peninsula 2030

Dingle Peninsula 2030 is a multi-partner initiative based on the Dingle Peninsula, in Co. Kerry. It involves the Dingle Creativity and Innovation Hub, ESB Networks, the MaREI Centre, and North East West Kerry Development (NEWKD).

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Imagining 2050 will engage with civic society using innovative approaches, to explore and co-develop future visions of, and pathways to, a low carbon and climate resilient future.

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CREDENCE explores two key dimensions of the shift to a renewable based energy system, namely to what extent will energy systems be electrified and what are the optimal levels of decentralization for future energy systems.

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