Niall Dunphy
Research Fellow
UCC Energy Transition Offshore Renewable Energy


Dr Niall Dunphy is the Director of the Cleaner Production Promotion Unit, Fellow of the School of Engineering and Architecture, and Principal Investigator of the Environmental Research Institute at University College Cork. Niall leads a team encompassing a diverse range of disciplines, working on the human aspects of sustainability, with a particular emphasis on people’s relationship with energy and the energy system.


Niall’s research focus lies at the intersection of the social sciences with science and engineering, he conducts engaged research focused on the theme of society, sustainability and energy. He is actively involved in collaborative research, with current projects including:

  • ENCLUDE: Energy citizenship. H2020 2021-24, Principal Investigator
  • EUB SuperHub: Building Energy Certification. H2020 2021-24, Principal Investigator
  • ACCEPT: Energy communities and presumption H2020 2021-24, Principal Investigator
  • XROTOR: Offshore wind energy. H2020 2021-24, Co-Principal Investigator
  • EnergyMeasures: Energy poverty. H2020 2020-23, Coordinator & Principal Investigator
  • REALISE: Refinery adapted CCUS. H2020 2020-23, Principal Investigator
  • SafeWAVE: Wave energy. EMFF 2020-23, Co-Investigator
  • Re-Wind: Circular economy. SFI NSF DfE 2018-21, Co-Investigator
  • EnergyPolities: Social mobilisation & opposition. SEAI 2018-21, Principal Investigator
  • Imaginging2050: Energy deliberation. EPA 2018-21, Co-Investigator

 Niall is supervising PhD students on a number of subjects including circular economy, energy poverty, energy communities.


Niall holds a BSc in Environmental Science from the Faculty of Science, University of Limerick and an MSc (Government) from the Faculty of Commerce, UCC. His PhD research in the School of Engineering, UCC was a transdisciplinary exploration of value within building energy renovation projects – exploring project delivery configurations for satisficing renovation activities.


UCC Research Profile

Feature Project


XROTOR is a €4m project 3-year project coordinated by the University of Strathclyde which aims to develop an X-shaped radical offshore wind turbine for overall cost of energy reduction.

Find out More
Feature Project


The SAFEWave project addresses environmental monitoring of ocean energy devices, specifically wave energy deployments.

Find out More
Feature Project


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.

Find out More