Connor McGookinPost Doctoral Researcher
Researchers 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 award-winning Dingle Peninsula 2030 and Imagining2050 projects. His main research focus was to explore ways of working across social/technical disciplines and with a diverse range of stakeholders to collaboratively form energy and climate scenarios. 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”.
Connor now leads the writing of Ireland’s first Five-Year Assessment of Climate Change Research (5-YAR), Volume 2: Achieving Climate Neutrality by 2050. Similar to IPCC assessments this report will provide a synthesis of the academic literature to date with a focus on Ireland’s pathway to net zero emissions. It is a critical evidence base for national policy and also to identify key research gaps. Connor’s focus is on the energy system. He has led the writing of 8 out of 9 Chapters: introducing global climate mitigation pathways and current sources of emissions in Ireland before summarizing the energy system choices by technology and sector, a review of studies on net zero energy systems and finally closing with key policy messages and research gaps identified.
See my Google Scholar profile for an up-to-date list of peer-reviewed journal publications.
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)
- IPB PRIDE OF PLACE AWARDS 2021 – Climate Action Award
- UCC Research Awards 2021 – Engaged Research of the Year
- SEAI Energy Awards 2021 – Inspirational Energy Community
- MaREI Centre Awards 2020, Engaged Research Exemplar
- UCC Research Awards 2021 – Presidents Award for Research Impacting the Sustainable Development Goals