OECD Local Development Forum: Better strategies for stronger communities


Brian Ó Gallachóir

University College Cork, Ireland

Director of MaREI and Professor of Energy Engineering


Brian Ó Gallachóir is Professor of Energy Engineering at University College Cork and was instrumental in the development and delivery of a new academic discipline in University College Cork, namely Energy Engineering. He is Director of the postgraduate MEngSc (Sustainable Energy) programme since 2005, the undergraduate BE (Energy) programme since 2008 and the postgraduate ME (Energy) programme since 2019. Brian is also Director of MaREI, the €65 million SFI Research Centre for Energy Climate and Marine. Brian leads MaREI’s research on building and using energy systems models and is the top cited academic globally in energy modelling. He has achieved significant impact in translating his research results into policy insights that have underpinned Irish and EU energy and climate mitigation policies and energy company strategies. Brian is the elected Chair of International Energy Agency Technology Collaboration Programme on energy systems modelling (IEA-ETSAP) and an elected Fellow of the Irish Academy of Engineering. Brian has also increased the transdisciplinary nature of MaREI’s research and this is particularly evident in the multi-stakeholder Dingle Peninsula 2030 partnership project.He is also MaREI’s Education and Public Engagement Champion and received the Science Foundation Ireland Best International Engagement Award 2020. Brian has published extensively (over 130 journal papers and h-index of 45), has a first class honours BSc Degree in Applied Sciences from Trinity College Dublin and a PhD in Optimal Design of Wave Energy Devices from University College Cork.

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