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Professor Eleanor Denny

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Eleanor Denny is Professor in Economics at the Economics Department at Trinity College Dublin, and a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin (FTCD). In 2021 she was appointed as College Bursar and Director of Strategic Innovation. ​ Her research interests are in sustainable consumer behaviour, energy efficiency and energy economics. She has supervised 14 PhD students to completion and has been awarded multiple large international research grants including two European Commission Horizon 2020 projects. ​ She was a visiting scholar at the Harvard Environmental Economics Programme, the Harvard Graduate School of Education and is a non-resident fellow of the Colorado School of Mines. ​She was the inaugural recipient of the European award for Excellence in Teaching in the Social Sciences and Humanities in 2012 (awarded by the Central European University in Budapest) and was awarded a Provost teaching award in Trinity College Dublin in 2010. ​She was the inaugural Director of Trinity Research in Social Science (TRiSS) representing over 200 social science academics and 50 postgraduates at TCD. She is an independent member of the National Economic and Social Council (NESC), and is a member of the external advisory board of the Irish Government Economic Evaluation Service (IGEES).
  Behavioural Economics   Electricity Storage   Emission   Energy and Climate Change   ENERGY EFFICIENCY   Environment, Natural Resources Economics   Renewable energies

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Independent Expert member, National Economic and Social Council 2018
Non-resident Fellow, Payne Institute, Colorado School of Mines
Visiting Scholar, Harvard Environmental Economics Programme
Visiting Scholar, Havard Graduate School of Education
Journal reviewer (e.g. Energy Economics, Energy Policy, Nature, Applied Economics, Ecological Economics, IEEE Transactions and many others)
External Advisory Board member, Irish Government Economic Evaluation Service (IGEES) 2016
External Advisory Board member, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, Behavioural Economics Unit 2017
External Advisory Board member, Steering Committee of Energy Policy Research Centre at the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) 2010
Selection committee, European Award for Excellence in Teaching in Humanities and Social Sciences 2016
Expert reviewer for European Commission funded projects
External examiner for PhD theses (approximately 2 per year) in international universities
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Member of International Association of Energy Economics (IAEE)
Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE)
Member of American Economic Association
Ceolotto, S., Denny, E., Putting a New `Spin" on Energy Information: Measuring the Impact of Reframing Energy Efficiency Information on Tumble Dryer Choices in a Multi-country Experiment, Journal of Consumer Policy, 47, 2024, p51"108 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
McGowan, F.P., Denny, E., Lunn, P. D., , Looking beyond time preference: Testing potential causes of low willingness to pay for fuel economy improvements, Resource and Energy Economics, 75, 2023, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Carroll, J., Denny, E, Ferris, A., Petrov, I., Wu, H. , , A socio-economic examination of participation in socially innovative energy projects, Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 48, 2023, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Coyne, B., Denny, E., Fitiwi, D., The benefits of low-carbon energy efficiency technology adoption for data centres, in press, Energy Conversion and Management: X, 2023, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Eleanor Denny, Long-Term Energy Cost Labelling for Appliances: Evidence from a Randomised Controlled Trial in Ireland, Journal of Consumer Policy, 2022, Journal Article, IN_PRESS
Hangjian Wu, James Carroll, Eleanor Denny,, Harnessing citizen investment in community-based energy initiatives: A discrete choice experiment across ten European countries,, Energy Research & Social Science, 89, 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Carroll, J. and Brazil, W. and Howard, M. and Denny, E., Imperfect emissions information during flight choices and the role of CO2 labelling, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 165, (112508), 2022, Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Coyne, B., Denny, E., Applying a Model of Technology Diffusion to Quantify the Potential Benefit of Improved Energy Efficiency in Data Centres, Energies, 14, (22), 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Coyne B., Denny E.,, Retrofit Effectiveness: Evidence from a nationwide residential energy efficiency programme, Energy Policy, 159, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Aravena, C., Denny, E. , The impact of learning and short-term experience on preferences for electric vehicles, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 152, (111656), 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI

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James Carroll, Kenneth Conway, Alastair Shannon, Eleanor Denny, The Impact of COVID-19 Restrictions on Electricity Demand: Evidence from Two Jurisdictions, IAEE Energy Forum, 2020, p51 - 54, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Bryan Coyne, Eleanor Denny, An Economic Evaluation of Future Electricity Use in Irish Data Centres, 2018, Working Paper, PUBLISHED
Carroll, J., Lyons, S., Denny, E, Appliance Purchases and Lifetime Monetary Consumption Information, Irish Economic Association Meeting, Limerick, May 2014, 2014, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Denny, E. Keane, A., Mullane, A., Concept Development of a Wind and Ocean Powered Smart Network for the Integrated Supply of Energy for Electricity, Heat and Transport in Irish Island Communities, Ireland, Sustainable Energy Ireland, 2011, Report, PUBLISHED


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Fellow Trinity College Dublin 2018
Non-resident Fellow, Payne Institute, Colorado School of Mines 2018
Visiting Scholar, Harvard Environmental Economics Programme 2014
Visiting Scholar, Harvard Graduate School of Education 2014
European Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Social Sciences and Humanities (presented by the Central European University) 2012
Provost Teaching Award 2010
Best Paper - Irish energy research conference 2005
UCD open postgraduate scholarship 2000
Patrick Semple Medal in Economics 1999