Researchers at UCD


Lisa Ryan

Senior Power Systems Researcher

School Of Electric, Electron & Comms Eng
Engineering Building
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7161806


Lisa completed her primary degree in Chemical Engineering at University College Dublin in 1996, followed by a Masters of Science in Chemical Engineering at Colorado School of Mines, Colorado, U.S.A. Her focus of research there was the regulation and measurement of heavy-duty vehicle emissions. From 1998 she worked for Volkswagen AG in Wolfsburg, Germany in the engine development division where she was responsible for European technical policy developments.
Lisa returned to UCD in 2002 where she completed a Masters in Economic Science in 2004 and a PhD in 2006 in the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy. Her thesis topic was the economic assessment of policy instruments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transport. From 2006-2009 she was the Director of Research at Comhar Sustainable Development Council and research fellow in the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy, UCD.
In 2009 Lisa joined the International Energy Agency in Paris where she was senior energy economist in the Energy Efficiency Policy Unit. There she led projects relating to energy efficiency finance, transport and cross-sectoral energy efficiency policy. She subsequently worked as an independent consultant in energy economics and policy with international and national public sector clients.
She joined UCD Energy Institute as a senior researcher in energy economics in September 2014. She has published numerous journal articles and research reports in the areas of energy policy, economics, and energy efficiency.  Her research interests are in the economics of energy supply and demand and the efficient design of energy markets and policies.



Ryan, L. and H. Turton ; (2007) Sustainable Automobile Transport: Shaping Climate Change Policy. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. [Details]

Book Chapters

Convery, F.J., Dunne, L., Redmond, L. and Ryan, L. ; (2004) 'CATEP Synthesis Paper: Political Economy of Tradable Permits - competitiveness, co-operation and market power' In: S. Bygrave (eds). Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading and Project-Based Mechanisms in OECD and non-OECD Countries. Paris: OECD. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Huber, C; Ryan, L; Gallachoir, BO; Resch, G; Polaski, K; Bazilian, M; ; (2007) 'Economic modelling of price support mechanisms for renewable energy: Case study on Ireland'. Energy Policy, 35 (2):1172-1185. [Details]
Ryan, L., Convery, F and Ferreira, S.; (2006) 'Stimulating the Use of Biofuels in the European Union: Implications for Climate Change Policy'. Energy Policy, 34 (17):3184-3194. [Details]
Bazilian, M., Buckley, P., and L. Ryan; (2004) 'Biofuels in Ireland?'. THE ENGINEERS JOURNAL, . [Details]
Yanowitz, J., Graboski, M. S., Ryan, L. B., Daniels, T. L., McCormick, R. L.; (1999) 'Chassis Dynamometer Study of Emissions from 21 In-Use Heavy-Duty Diesel Vehicles'. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, . [Details]

Other Journals

Convery, F.J., Redmond, L., Dunne, L. and Ryan, L.B. ; (2003) 'Assessing the European Union Emissions Trading Directive' Economia Agraria y Recursos Naturales . [Details]
McCormick, R.L., Ryan, L., Daniels, T. L., Yanowitz, J., Graboski, M. S. ; (1998) 'Comparison of Chassis Dynamometer In-Use Emissions with Engine Dynamometer FTP Emissions for Three Heavy-Duty Diesel Vehicles' Society of Automotive Engineers Pap . [Details]

Conference Publications

Ryan, L., Ferreira, S., Convery, F. ; (2006) Effectiveness of fiscal and other measures to manage greenhouse gas emissions from the automobile sector: Evidence from Europe Third World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists [Details]
Bazilian, M. Convery, F.J., and Ryan, L. ; (2004) Investing in Research and Development (R&D) to Advance Renewables Technology - Lessons and Opportunities Proceedings of Technology Partnerships for Renewables: Key to Energy Security Stockholm, Sweden, , 26-AUG-04 - 28-AUG-04 [Details]

Published Reports

Ryan, L.; (2007) Comhar Sustainable Development Council Recommendations to Consultation on proposed vehicle registration tax (VRT) restructuring to include CO2-emissions differentiation', Submission to Department of Environment. Comhar, Dublin. [Details]
Ryan, L.; (2007) Comhar Sustainable Development Council Recommendations to Consultation on proposed motor tax restructuring to include CO2-emissions differentiation', Submission to Department of Environment. Comhar, Dublin. [Details]


Research Interests

Lisa's research focuses mainly on the application of economic analysis to energy supply and demand and policy design. She has a strong interest in the economics of energy efficiency and related policy instruments, culminating in the instigation of the Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency project while at the IEA. The use of economic instruments to reduce energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions in the buildings, transport and industrial sectors is an ongoing area of research. A further area of research includes pricing and incentives in energy markets and the policy implications of European and international climate change and energy commitments.