Active Researchers


Catalina Spataru

Founder and Head of Islands Laboratory

Associate Professor Global Energy and Resources

Energy, Environment, Resource Nexus, Sustainability, Strategy

 Catalina is an expert in the whole energy system and resource nexus modelling, scenarios and business models, implementation of practical solutions at the ground and innovation. Catalina's research interests revolve around energy - resource nexus - climate change - environment, interdisciplinary issues in island nations, with great interest in green artificial islands design. She developed several mathematical models to inform policy and decision makers on where investments should be made, scenario analysis under different climate conditions, disaster risk reduction and resilience. 

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Eleni Zafeiratou

Energy Systems Modelling, Demand management, Electric vehicles

Eleni is a Knowledge Management officer at Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking and a part time Phd student at UCL Energy Institute. Her research is on the impact of future interconnections, demand management and electric vehicles integration in the Greek Islands. Eleni has experience in data collection and management, energy modelling and renewable energy projects development.

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Chris Matthew

Energy Systems Modelling, Waste to Energy

Chris has a background in mechanical engineering, focusing on traditional renewables as well as emerging ocean-based sources. He is currently researching for his PhD, focusing on the potential for transforming the Scottish islands into ircular energy and resource hubs, considering optimal energy and resource balances alongside circular economy principles for clusters of islands.


Selman Sevindik

Energy, Materials flow analysis, Design, Circular economy

Selman' work focuses on energy, building materials, technologies and a circular vision for sustainable growth in the built environment in islands and cities. He has a background in architecture and environmental design and engineering. He is currently a PhD student at Energy Institute


Daisy de Selliers

Corporate Governance, Resource Governance, Water-Energy-Materials Nexus, SDGs

Daisy's research focuses on the contribution of industries to sustainable development. She studies the management of energy, natural resources and environmental impacts with corporations, and the integration of sustainability in corporate strategy and decision-making processes. She will include case studies of companies operating on island in Europe. She has a background in management engineering and quantitative techniques for decision-making.


Mustafa Saglam

Energy, Power Systems, Renewable Energy, Electrical Engineering

Mustafa' research focuses on techno-economic analysis of renewable energy, storage and interconnections in Turkish islands. He has a background in electrical and electronic engineering. 

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Stacey Wells-Moultrie

Energy, Sustainability

Stacey is an Environmental Planner with SEV Consulting Group. Her research is on achieving sustainability and energy reform in the islands of The Bahamas. Her background is in marine biology, environmental and conservation planning, and sustainability indicators. 


Priscila Carvalho

Water-energy nexus, regulation, resource governance, SDGs

Priscila' expertise focuses on water-energy nexus and regulatory frameworks. She is a lawyer with experience in energy and environmental laws and is currently doctoral researcher at UCL Energy Institute. She works on metrics, questionnaires, interviews with a focus on the SDG agenda, governance and justice for water-energy nexus