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Catalina Spataru

Founder and Head of Islands Laboratory
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.

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.

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.

Selman Sevindik

Circular Economy, Environmental Design, Energy Systems Modelling, Life Cycle Assessment, Low Carbon Technologies, Data Insight and Visualisation

Selman's work focuses on Circular Economy (CE), Energy systems Modelling (ESM), building materials, low carbon technologies, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), 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.

Mustafa Saglam

Energy, Power Systems, Renewable Energy, Electrical Engineering

Mustafa's research focuses on techno-economic analysis of renewable energy, storage and interconnections in Turkish islands. He has a background in electrical and electronic engineering. He is currently a PhD student at Energy Institute.

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.

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.

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.

Galila Khougali

Reliability of Electricity Interconnected Grids in East Africa

Galila investigates the technical reliability of wide-area electricity network connections in East

Africa in line with energy trilemma: affordability, security, and sustainability. She also assesses policies to reach national electrification in East African countries, and the role of interconnection grids and the East African Power Pool on the regional and national level. Prior to becoming a PhD researcher within the Energy Institute at UCL, Galila designed mechanical building services and consulted as an energy consultant in the UK.

Visiting Researchers

Past Research Collaborators

Xiaojing Lyu

Energy Internet, Integrated design, Modelling of low-carbon energy systems; Thermal power systems

Jing is an Assistant Professor in China-UK Low Carbon College of Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. Her research mainly focuses on the integrated design, modelling and simulation of multi-energy complementary systems based on gas turbine, fuel cell and renewable energy generation systems. She has experience in projects of Energy Internet, Distributed Energy Systems of solar, wind, biomass and fossil fuels.

Past Research Collaborators

Emily Mancuso

Mechanical Engineering, Energy Systems Analysis, Mechanics Based Design

Emily did her undergraduate studies at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, studying mechanical engineering. While she visited UCL she contributed by analysing interconnections of electrical grids in the Caribbean.


Past Research Collaborators

Ilan Kelman

Professor of Disasters and Health

Ilan is a professor of Disasters and Health at University College London, England and a professor at the University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway. His overall research interest is linking disasters and health, including the integration of climate change into disaster research and health research. That covers three main areas: (i) disaster diplomacy and health diplomacy; (ii) island sustainability involving safe and healthy communities in isolated locations; and (iii) risk education for health and disasters

Past Research Collaborators

Raimund Bleischwitz

Chair in Sustainable Global Resources

Raimund is an expert in pathways towards maintaining the physical basis of society and socio-economic values in the long term, and develops methods for analysing, evaluating and managing material flows and resources.

Past Research Collaborators

Alvaro Calzadilla Rivera

Associate Professor

Alvaro specializes in macro-economic modelling. He has worked extensively with global computational general equilibrium (CGE) models applied to the analysis of water resources, agricultural policies, land use and bioenenrgy policies, climate change.

Past Research Collaborators

Teresa Domenech

Lecturer in Industrial Ecology and the Circular Economy

Teresa is an expert in industrial symbiosis, sustainability, circular economy, urban metabolism, environmental policy, with experience on research methods including Material Flow Analysis, Life Cycle Assessment, Statistical analysis, social network analysis

Past Research Collaborators

Mark Barrett

Professor of Energy and Environmental Systems

Mark is an expert in energy systems modelling, developing policies for energy demand and supply systems, and transport systems so as to meet environmental, economic and energy objectives. He is a Professor of Energy and Environmental Systems Modelling at UCL Energy Institute

Past Research Collaborators

Paul Ekins

Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy

Paul's academic work focuses on the conditions and policies for achieving an environmentally sustainable economy

Past Research Collaborators

Priti Parikh

Senior Lecturer

Priti has expertise in infrastructure (water, sanitation and energy) for resource constrained settings suc as slums and rulra communities in Africa and Asia. She has substantial industry experience in India and also a research based in infrastructure planning for cities to cover the areas of financial planning, institutional frameworks and societal impact.

Past Research Collaborators

Neil Strachan

Professor in Energy Economics and Modelling

Neil is an interdisciplinary energy economist. Neil's research interests revolve around energy-environment-economic modelling, the quantification of scenarios and transitions pathways, and interdisciplinary issues in energy economics and policy

Past Researchers & Collaborators

Past Research Collaborators

Tola Adeoye

Energy Systems Modelling, Power Engineering, Hydropower, SDGs

Tola's research focuses on the development of interconnections and a regional electricity market in West Africa in order to achieve Sustainable Development Goals. She has a background in power systems engineering, with several years of experience in sustainable building services designs.

Past Research Collaborators

Meilun Zhou

Research Intern

Meilun is a research intern working on analysing the past extreme climates and exploring responding measures over the UK in order to learn more about the field of sustainable development. She is a third year physics student at UCL and going to pursue a further degree in renewable energy and climate change. She has background knowledge of environmental physics and modelling.

Past Research Collaborators

Julia Lucchese

Energy resources, SDGs, Circular economy

Julia is an architect with experience in energy, resources and sustainability focusing on the built environment and materials, mining. Julia has experience in empirical case studies, data management, visualisation, mapping SDGs for energy-materials nexus.

Past Research Collaborators

Luiza Potter Haussen

Energy efficiency, Renewable Energy, Resource Management

Luiza has 8 years' experience working with energy use in the built environment, sustainable design and renewable energy implementation. She has worked mainly in hospitality, healthcare and telecom sectors. Her academic research focuses in energy modelling, data analysis and resource planning for islands.

Past Research Collaborators

Dimitrios Angeletos

Engineering, Life-cycle assessment, Electric Vehicles

Dimitri is a mechanical/environmental engineer with experience on the design and dimensioning of an electric sport car concept. His current research is on the electrification of transportation in the Greek Islands, analysing the potential environmental and financial benefits.

Past Research Collaborators

Victor Ponce Lopez

Machine Learning, Computer Vision

Victor is a computer scientist who holds a PhD in machine learning and computer vision. He is a postdoctoral Research Fellow at UCL Energy Institute. He is a member of the European laboratory for learning and intelligent systems (ELLIS). His main contributions to the scientific community and expertise are transversal and multidisciplinary. His research focuses on recognizing patterns from multimodal data and has been applied in several domains and AI real-world problems - such as in affective computing, e-health, Earth sciences, and currently on Energy systems. He boosts deep learning and evolutionary computation to steer novel approaches for the benefit of society.

Past Research Collaborators

Ahmet Fatih Irkli

Renewable Energy, Sustainability, Energy Policies, Circular Economy, Circular Islands, Resource Nexus

Fatih conducts his PhD research on renewable energy and transforming islands into sustainable circular islands. He is an electrical and electronics engineer with renewable energy and clean technology background.

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