Marguerite Nyhan
Funded Investigator
Funded Investigator
UCC Energy Transition, Climate Action Energy Policy & Modelling


Dr. Marguerite Nyhan is the Lecturer in Environmental Engineering within the School of Engineering & Architecture at University College Cork. She is also a Visiting Scientist at Harvard University in Boston. Marguerite’s research group focuses on designing intelligent solutions for carbon-neutral, sustainable, healthy and liveable cities of the future.

Dr. Nyhan received her BEng in Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering from UCC in 2010 and her PhD in Environmental Engineering from Trinity College Dublin in 2015. While conducting her PhD, Dr. Nyhan conducted research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship at this time. Following her PhD, Marguerite was hired as a Post-Doctoral researcher at MIT and led the Urban Environmental Research Team within MIT’s Senseable City Laboratory. She was then a Post-Doctoral researcher at Harvard University’s School of Public Health. Later, she was recruited to work as a Research Scientist at the United Nations in New York City. There, she led ground-breaking research on the application of emerging technologies in global sustainable development and humanitarian efforts.


Dr Nyhan is interested in informing the design of sustainable, healthy and liveable cities of the future. She has published widely on using ICT datasets to evaluate urban dynamics at a city-wide scale; modelling air pollution emissions from transport; urban scale air quality modelling; human exposure modelling; and determining associations between environmental exposures and human health outcomes using epidemiological modelling methods. Her current work also focuses on the human health impacts of climate change and on climate policy.