Prospective students interested in research degrees about energy and the environment can contact the School of Agriculture & Food Science or about economics can contact the School of Economics.  Those students interested in professional energy degrees can conact the International Energy Centre.

Current EEMG Research Students

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Minoli Amarasinghe
PhD Candidate
Principal Supervisor:
Dr
Colin Brown
Associate Supervisors
Prof. John Foster
Dr Liam Wagner

Minoli's PhD topic is 'Sustainable energy - energy efficiency and demand side management.

 

 
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Don Burtt
PhD Candidate
Principal Supervisor:
Dr Paul Dargusch
Associate Supervisors
Prof. John Foster
Dr Liam Wagner

The overall objective is to review carbon pricing and trading legislation and schemes, principally in Australia, to understand the effectiveness and cost efficiency of how these schemes reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to suggest how legislation could be changed to provide a more cost effective outcome.

This is to be achieved by examining previous research, gathering information on relevant legislation (having direct and indirect effects), quantifying the impact these schemes have on emission reductions with the inclusion of a survey to understand sensitivities of pricing to energy usage. The value of having a liquid carbon trading scheme will also be analysed. A model is to be developed capturing the relationship between the pricing (and subsidy) of various schemes and the resultant level of GHG reductions.

The intended outcome is determine the most cost effective means by which Australia can reduces its level of greenhouse gas emissions.

Liam Byrnes liam.byrnes@intech-solar.com.au
PhD Candidate
Supervisors:
Principal: Dr Colin Brown, (SAFS)
Associate: Prof. John Foster
Associate: Dr Liam Wagner

Liam's topic examines the viability of powering regional and remote Australian communities with renewable energy. His research aims to better understand the financial viability of installing renewables as well as the social and environmental consequences. Communities examined are located in regional and remote areas of Queensland and Western Australia with different characteristics and sources of electricity. Non-financial barriers and social/cultural considerations form an integral part of the research and will ultimately help develop more effective deployment strategies and government policy.
 

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Leonard Smith
PhD Candidate
Supervisors:
Principal: Dr Colin Brown
Associate: Liam Wagner

Leonard investigates how countries can be better equipped following the discovery of new natural resources and how they can ensure sustainable economic and social outcomes. The thesis will also explore the associated impact of direct foreign investment that results from the growth of sovereign wealth funds and authoritative private equity derived from first mover advantage associated with rapid economic growth in a nation as a result of a resource boom. This project will seek to develop metrics which can inform policy makers by identify structures and institutions which may not fairly manage this new source of wealth.

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Lynette Molyne l.molyneaux@uq.edu.au 
PhD Candidate
Supervisors:
Principal: Dr John Foster
Associate: Liam Wagner

Lynette's PhD title is 'Measuring resilience in energy systems'.  Resilience is a term used widely and interpreted loosely.  This research seeks to find predictors of robust energy systems through analysis of past energy shocks. Using insights from the research, the consequences of a lack of resilience in energy systems will be examined.

Former EEMG PhD Students

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Alexandra Bratanova
PhD Awarded 2015
Supervisors:
Principal: Dr Jackie Robinson
Associate: Dr Liam Wagner

Alexandra investigates potential of project evaluation methods to improve public program development in Russian energy sector. Her research project examines 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 and renewable energy development in Russia.

Former EEMG Masters Student Projects

2014

Stuart Clark (MEcon), Project Title: Enabling factors towards sustainable micro-grid energy development for economic growth: An inferred model, based on India, for stakeholder decision-making in rural Kenyan communities

Supervisor: Dr William Paul Bell

2013

Gloria Colmenares, (MEnvMan), Project Title: Biofuels potential of Peru

  • Current position: Gloria Colmenares, Energy transfer specialist, COES SINAC (Peruvian Independent System Operator), http://www.coes1.org.pe/WebPages/home.aspx
  • Contact: T: +51 961 769 389 | Skype: gloria.colmenares

Rose-Marie Dennis, (MEnvMan)

2012

Anne Maren Erlandsen, (MEcon), Project Title: The Effect of Climate Change on Peak Electricity Demand in Australia

Julien Mueller, (MEIF), Project Title: The Devils Tears from the Tournament of Shadows

Leonard Smith, (MNatResEcon), Project Title: Implications of supply and demand shocks to the global LNG marketplace and price implications

2011

Richard Creagh, (MEcon), Project Title: THE ECONOMIC EFFICIENCY OF APPLYING BIOCHAR AS A CARBON SEQUESTERING SOIL AMENDMENT

2010

Lynette Molyneaux, (MNatResEcon), Project Title: Is there a more effective way to reduce emissions than by free-market auction: Examining Alternatives to Emissions Trading

Cameron McLeod, (MEcon), Project Title: Energy Security and Natural Gas: The impact of rising gas prices on the mix of generation plant in the Queensland electricity supply industry

Former EEMG Honours Student Projects

2012

Anthony Smith, Project Title: Analyzing Energy Security in the Transport Fuel Supply

2011

Daniel De Voss, Project Title:Evolutionary perspectives on energy use and economic growth in Australia

2010

Patrick Hamshere, Project Title: Impacts of subprime carbon on a 2020 Australian marginal abatement cost curve

Krispin McAndrew, Awarded ACCC prize for best Micro-Economics Student, Project Title: Modelling the Potential Economic Benefits of Distributed Generation on Electricity Transmission Networks

Trent Saunders, Project Title: Distributed Generation and Peak Demand in the National Electricity Market

2008

Joseph Mullins, Awards: Valedictorian, ACCC prize for best Micro-Economics Student and Best Overall Student. Project Title: STRATEGIC BIDDING AND SPOT PRICE IN THE NATIONAL ELECTRICITY MARKET