Professor John Foster, EEMG Director

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Professor John Foster

EEMG Group Director

School of Economics University of Queensland

j.foster@uq.edu.au

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John Foster's research interests lie in the following fields; modelling the macroeconomics as a complex adaptive system, the application of self organisation theory to statistical and economical modelling in the presence of structural change. As well as modelling, the diffusion of innovations with special reference to the emergence of low carbon emission power generation technologies and the empirics of evolutionary economic growth with special reference to the role of energy generation and distribution systems. More recently John has been involved in modelling the impact of climate change on the entire economy with specific reference to the power generation sector.

Dr Jin Young Soh

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Research Fellow at the Korea Energy Economics Institute, Korea

Visiting Scholar at the School of Economics University of Queensland, Australia

jyso@keei.re.kr

Jin Young Soh received his Ph.D. from the University of Utah, USA, in 2004. He joined the Korea Energy Economics Institute in 2005 and started his research career in the energy economics field with emphasis on international energy cooperation issues, such as energy security, regional energy system integration and climate change. Based on his research results and expertise, he has provided consulting services mostly to the government of Korea and energy related international institutes. For example, he served as an advisor of the Presidential Committee for the G20 Summit of Korea and a group leader of the Panel of Experts of the International Renewable Energy Agency.

Currently, his research interest is focused on the mitigation of climate change in general and specifically in the deployment of renewable energy and related technologies as a means of mitigating climate change. He is conducting comparative studies on the effectiveness of renewable energy deployment policy options and economic analyses and policy analyses for technologies diffusion, which improve the reliability of electricity grid systems in the presence of high shares of variable renewable energy, such as the PV and the wind power.

Associate Professor John Asafu-Adjaye

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Associate Professor John Asafu-Adjaye

School of Economics University of Queensland

j.asafuadjaye@uq.edu.au

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John Asafu-Adjaye has research interests in natural resource and environmental economics, in particular, climate change and energy economics. John has carried out research and consultancy work on environment and economic development issues in Australia, Ghana, Papua New Guinea, Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Fiji, Vietnam, and China. Topics investigated include computable general equilibrium (CGE) modelling, economic evaluation of proposed projects, feasibility studies, climate change impacts and mitigation, environmental impact assessment, socioeconomic impact assessment. He has published widely in these areas, including seven books and monographs, seven book chapters, 54 refereed journal articles and 11 commissioned reports.

Dr William Paul Bell

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Researcher

School of Economics, University of Queensland

paul.bell@uq.net.au

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Paul joined the UQ School of Economics' Energy Economics and Management Group in 2010.  Paul's research interests include sustainable economic development and innovation with a focus on renewable energy.  He received his PhD from UQ  titled "Adaptive interactive expectations: dynamically modelling profit expectations" and master from Griffith University titled "An evaluation of policies to reduce fiscal pressure induced by population ageing in Australia".  While at the EEMG Paul contributed to six major renewable energy projects:

  1. Currently, principal researcher for an Australia-China Council project investigating China’s new low-carbon policies and implications for Australia that is a collaborative project with Southwest University of Finance and Economics, China.
  2. Lead author for an Australian Research Council Linkage project investigating the impact of increased power supply from wind generators on the Australian National Electricity Market that is a collaborative project between UQ and industry partners.
  3. Lead author for EEMG on a collaborative project between the UQ and RATCH-Australia Corporation partially funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency to establish the feasibility of a hybrid solar thermal and gas generator at Collinsville, Queensland
  4. Lead author for the report and project titled 'Analysis of institutional adaptability to redress electricity infrastructure vulnerability due to climate change' for the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility.
  5. Co-authoring the CSIRO Intelligent Grid Research Cluster project 'Market and economic modelling of the impacts of distributed energy' cumulating in a report of the same name. 
  6. Co-authoring three publications on the Australian Research Council Linkage project 'The impacts of carbon trading on the Australian electricity industry'.

His further research interest is in fostering research and commercial linkages between Australia and North East Asia to help solve their fossil fuel co-dependency and promote sustainable development.  He is currently hosting Dr Soh from the Korea Energy Economics Institute.

Dr Alexandra Bratanova

Research Officer

Data 61|CSIRO

alexandra.bratanova@csiro.au

Alexandra holds a PhD in economics from the University of Queensland (2015) and PhD in finance from the Moscow City Government University of Management (2013). Her research has been investigating potential of project evaluation methods to improve public program development in Russian energy sector. She specifically examined multicriteria analysis and levelised cost of energy modelling as tools to support decision making in addressing the issues of new energy generation technology adoption, energy efficiency improvement, combined heat and power generation and renewable energy development.

As a researcher at the UQ School of Economics (2011-2015) Alexandra contributed to the research projects investigating smart electricity grid and distributed generation potential in Australia. She has been teaching postgraduate courses in microeconomics, ecological and environmental economics, and natural resource economics. As a former public servant (2008-2011) Alexandra is an experienced auditor. She leaded the teams investigating efficiency of public programs in fields of urban infrastructure and utilities development, major overhaul programs, energy and fuel supply.

Alexandra is a Research Officer within Data 61 | CSIRO team and is currently involved in a research projects that investigates trends and scenarios for the future of employment and skills development in different industries in Australia. Alexandra's PhD topic and details are on our Students' page.

Dr Liam Byrnes

Acting Australian Manager

Intech Clean Energy

liam.byrnes@intech-australia.com

Liam Byrnes is the Acting Australian manager of Intech Clean Energy which services all Australian States and Territories and specialises in renewable energy deployment and energy efficiency projects. It is part of an international group of companies that includes engineering consultancies in Germany, France and the UK, as well as German and Canadian energy services companies.

Prior to this position, Liam completed a PhD (currently under examination) that investigated the economic viability of renewable energy in regional and remote Australia. While at UQ, Liam was a member of the Global Change Institute College of Experts, and a Member of the College Advisory Committee. Liam has also worked as a lawyer for King & Wood Mallesons and Crown Law specialising in dispute resolution and litigation. 

He is actively engaged in sustainability issues, the "energy-water-food" nexus and is committed to developing collaborative solutions to persistent challenges faced in regional and remote areas.  Liam's PhD topic and details are on our Students' page.

Professor Zy Dong

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Professor Zy Dong

Head, School of Electrical & Information Engineering

University of Sydney

ZY Dong received his PhD from the University of Sydney in 1999. He is currently Head, School of Electrical and Information Engineering at the University of Sydney.   Previously, he held positions at universities and power transmission companies. He was Ausgrid Chair for intelligent electricity networks.
He has over 300 publications in journals and referred conference proceedings. His research interest includes smart grid, power system security assessment, power system planning and management, electricity market simulation and risk management, data mining, computational intelligence and their application in power engineering.
He has attracted competitive research grants nationally and internationally. He and has been providing consulting services mostly in power engineering areas for companies and institutions in Australia, Canada, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and USA. His consulting and research projects include smart grid, power system stability analysis, power system contingency assessment, power system protection, power system load modeling and forecasting. He is experienced with power industry transmission system planning practice.
 

Dr Ariel Liebman

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Dr Ariel Liebman

Director

Strategic Energy Market Services

Ariel Liebman is an energy market specialist with more than 10 years in the field. Ariel has a breadth of experience in the market and has worked for power generation companies, energy retailers and economic research organisations. In that time he has been involved in identifying and evaluating renewable energy opportunities, analysis retail contracts, developing trading policies, portfolio risk management frameworks, and market simulators. As a researcher at the University of Queensland his research focused on emissions trading, generation project investment risk, and the economics of demand management. During his time at the University of Queensland Ariel was part of the University of Queensland's team of experts appointed to the Federal Department of Climate Change's consulting panel on the Emission Trading Scheme.

Associate Professor Renuka Mahadevan

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Associate Professor Renuka Mahadevan

School of Economics University of Queensland

r.mahadevan@uq.edu.au

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One of Renuka Mahadevan's many research areas is in energy-related policy analysis using econometrics and macroeconomic modeling. To date, she has published articles in Energy Economics, Energy Policy and has chapters on macroeconomic policy management in energy in her forthcoming co-authored book. Currently, she is working on two joint papers on energy - one on Australia's carbon tax policy effects and the other is the role of energy prices on inflation forecasting.

Renuka's other areas of interest and expertise includes development economics, agricultural economics, productivity growth analysis, applied econometrics, macroeconomic modelling, and policy analysis. She has published widely, having authored or co-authored five books and monographs, 47 refereed journal articles and six book reviews. She has also provided consultancy services in these areas and her clients include Asian Productivity Organisation, Australian National University, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, International Centre for Southeast Asian Studies, African Economic Research Consortium and the World Bank. She has extensive research experience in many of the countries in the Asia Pacific region.

Ms Lynette Molyneaux

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Ms Lynette Molyneaux

Research Officer

Global Change Institute, University of Queensland

l.molyneaux@uq.edu.au

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Lynette Molyneaux is currently researching the resilience of electricity systems . Looking at historical trends, how resilient will electricity systems of the future be to changes in energy prices, supply, electricity demand and environmental policies.

Prior research includes an investigation into systems for carbon abatement with particular emphasis on incentives for investment in abatement technologies.

Work experience includes many years in the Information Technology sector in financial analysis, product management, relationship management, and financial management.  Lynette's PhD topic and details are on our Students' page.

Dr Rabindra Nepal

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Dr Rabindra Nepal

Lecturer in Economics

School of Business, Charles Darwin University

rabindra.nepal@cdu.edu.au

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Rabindra Nepal completed his PhD in Economics as a James-Watt PhD Scholar under the Scottish Graduate Programme in Economics. Prior to coming to the CDU School of Business, Dr Nepal worked as a Vice Chancellors Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Economics at the University of Queensland.  Dr. Nepal has also previously worked as a Research Associate in Energy Economics and Policy for the SESAME project co-funded by the European Commission.  Dr Nepal also spent a year studying Economics at the University of Oklahoma, USA during his PhD.  He has also held a research stay at the Energy Policy Research Group based within the Faculty of Economics at the University of Cambridge, UK.

Dr Nepal has advised the World Bank, European Commission, the Northern Irish Utility Regulator and the German Federal Network Agency in the past.  His main research areas include energy economics and policy, industrial organisation of electricity and gas markets and environmental economics and policy.  He also remains interested in development economics and policy. He has published widely in international journals.

Professor John Quiggin

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Professor John Quiggin

School of Economics University of Queensland

j.quiggin@uq.edu.au 

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John Quiggin has had an ongoing interest in resource economics throughout his career. In recent years, as an ARC Laureate Fellow, he has worked intensively in the area of water economics in the context of the Murray-Darling Basin problem and its solutions. At the same time, he has had a major interest in the problem of climate change and the various policy proposals designed to address it. This, of course, has involved energy economic perspectives on the present and future composition of the energy generation mix.  John is a recognized international expert on the economics of risk and uncertainty and this has provided the basis for much of his thinking on how the climate change problem can be dealt with. He also has played a full part in the national debate on climate change and related energy policies both through his web log and in the media.

Professor Paul Simshauser

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Professor Paul Simshauser

Chief Economist & Group Head of Corporate Affairs

AGL Energy Limited

Paul Simshauser joined AGL in 2008 as Chief Economist & Group Head of Corporate Affairs. He has overall responsibility for regulated pricing, economic policy and sustainability, energy regulation, government affairs and corporate communications.

Paul has over 20 years experience in the energy industry having commenced his career with the Queensland Electricity Commission. He previously held senior executive positions at Stanwell Corporation Limited, NewGen Power and Babcock & Brown.

An Economist by trade, Paul holds Bachelor Degrees in Economics and in Commerce, a Masters Degree in Accounting and Finance, and a PhD in Economics from the University of Queensland. He is a CPA, an AFMA Accredited Dealer and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He is also Professor of Finance at Griffith University's Business School, and is widely published on energy economics in academic journals.

Dr Lucas Skoufa

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Dr Lucas Skoufa

Senior Plant Performance Engineer

HRL Technology

Lucas Skoufa is a Senior Plant Performance Engineer (Gas Fired Power Plant) with HRL Technology. In this job Lucas's primary role is to organise and manage plant performance and technical evaluations for gas turbine (open cycle and combined cycle) plant. Another role that Lucas does is to organise applications for R & D funding so that HRL Technology can develop new technologies/innovations with regards to lowering fossil-fired power plant fuel and water consumption and lowering greenhouse gas emissions. Prior to this position was a Lecturer and Researcher in Energy and Carbon Management at The University of Queensland Business School. His research looks at power generation technology trajectories and how carbon and emissions trading schemes will impact upon them.

Lucas has also worked at a power station as an engineer and served as a Marine Engineering Officer in the Royal Australian Navy. He completed his PhD on the strategic behaviours of electricity generation firms, and also has a Master of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Business (Economics) and a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical).

Dr Liam Wagner

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Dr Liam Wagner

Lecturer in Economics, Griffith Business School

Griffith University

l.wagner@griffith.edu.au

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Liam Wagner is a Lecturer in Economics at the Griffith Business School, Griffith University.  Prior to this he was a Research Fellow at the University of Queensland specialising in energy and environmental economics and policy.  Dr Wagner has also worked as a Trading Analyst in the energy industry, providing electricity market forecasting expertise, advice on risk management, while also trading an Open Cycle Gas Turbine power station. In 2008 Dr Wagner was appointed to an Australian Government panel of experts to advise on the design and implementation of the proposed emissions trading scheme. His current research interests include:

  • Energy Economics
  • Renewable Energy
  • Electricity Market Modelling
  • Biofuels
  • Carbon Trading

Dr Phillip Wild

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Dr Phillip Wild

Research Fellow

Global Change Institute, University of Queensland

p.wild@uq.edu.au

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Phillip Wild conducts research at the University of Queensland and brings agent based modelling capability.   Phillip's previous research experience has been in the areas of econometric modelling of National Energy Market (NEM) spot price and load time series data, 'levelised cost' and 'agent based' modelling of the NEM. Dr Wild has a PhD from the University of Queensland specialising in the field of macro-economic modelling.  Phillip authored EEMG's main modelling platform the Australian National Electricity Market Model and contributed to the following six research projects while at EEMG:

  1. Author and modeller on the CSIRO Intelligent Grid Research Cluster project 'Market and economic modelling of the impacts of distributed energy' cumulating in a report of the same name. 
  2. Lead authors for six publications on the Australian Research Council Linkage project 'The impacts of carbon trading on the Australian electricity industry'.
  3. Author and lead modeller for the report and project titled 'Analysis of institutional adaptability to redress electricity infrastructure vulnerability due to climate change' for the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility.
  4. Author and lead modeller for EEMG on a collaborative project between the UQ and RATCH-Australia Corporation partially funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency to establish the feasibility of a hybrid solar thermal and gas generator at Collinsville, Queensland
  5. Authoring and lead modeller for the Australian Research Council Linkage project investigating the impact of increased power supply from wind generators on the Australian National Electricity Market that is a collaborative project between UQ and industry partners.
  6. Currently, he is EEMG's lead modeller for the UQ Solar Flagship Project.