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Dr. Darren McCauley

Executive Director

Dr. McCauley is a Senior Lecturer in Energy Policy and Director of the Arctic Research Centre at the University of St. Andrews. He is also lead coordinator for the MSc in Sustainable Energy in the Department of Geography and Sustainable Development. He has previously held various positions at Queens University, Trinity College Dublin, Stirling and Georgetown. His research interests focus on energy policy, especially nuclear, biomass and oil and gas. He has published in a range of outlets and completed public and private funded projects

Dr. Raphael Heffron

Executive Director

Dr. Raphael J. Heffron is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Queen Mary London. He is an Associate Researcher of the Energy Policy Research Group at the University of Cambridge and a Policy Fellow, Policy Fellows Network, Centre for Science and Policy, also at the University of Cambridge. His research interests are in energy law and policy, and in particular: electricity markets, energy subsidies, low carbon energy, energy justice and Arctic energy law. Of importance is the aim to understand the legal challenges involved in planning for new energy infrastructure projects.

Dr. Michael Labelle

Associate Director

Dr. Michael LaBelle is an assistant professor at the Central European University Business School and in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy. He has worked on projects for the European Commission, United States Agency for International Development, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, Energy Regulators Regional Association and with energy consulting companies and European universities. His research is centered on the interaction of government institutions and private companies and how they foster innovation in energy technologies and contribute to a low carbon future.

Prof. Andreas Goldthau

Associate Director

Prof. Andreas Goldthau is Professor and former Head of the Public Policy Department at Central European University, and Associate with the Geopolitics of Energy Project at the Harvard's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He is also a Fellow with the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin. Andreas Goldthau's research interests focus on energy security, the political economy of energy markets and on global governance issues related to oil and gas.

Prof. Benjamin Sovacool

Associate Director

Prof. Benjamin K. Sovacool is Director of the Danish Center for Energy Technology (Center for Energiteknologier) at AU-Herning and Professor of Business and Social Sciences at Aarhus University (Århus Universitet) in Denmark. He is also Associate Professor of Law at Vermont Law School and founding Director of the Energy Security and Justice Program at their Institute for Energy and the Environment. His research focuses on renewable energy and energy efficiency and the politics of large-scale energy infrastructure.

Roman Sidortsov

Associate Director

Roman V. Sidortsov serves as a Senior Global Energy Fellow at the Institute for Energy and the Environment and teaches oil and gas development and renewable energy courses in the distance learning program. He is also a doctoral researcher at the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. His research focuses on legal and policy issues related to the development of sustainable energy systems, energy justice, energy geopolitics, risk governance in the oil and gas sector, and Arctic offshore oil and gas exploration and extraction.

Dr. Jennifer Dickie


Dr. Jen Dickie is a lecturer in Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Stirling, specialising in Energy Geographies. She is currently involved in a renewable energy project, Rural Hybrid Energy Enterprise Systems (RHEES) that forms part of the EPSRC’s ‘Bridging the Urban Rural Divide’ programme. Her research interests are focused around the socio-technical assemblages of renewable energy systems, public perceptions and reaction to energy transitions, energy justice and the role of sustainable housing in the transition to a low carbon economy.

Robert Rehner

Advisor and Communications

Robert Rehner works on a UNDP project development team on a large scale renewable energy project in Turkey. He also holds the position of Research Fellow at the Arctic Research Centre in St. Andrews. Previously Robert has worked at KPMG as a financial auditor as well as a consultant for KPMG's Sustainability and Financial Services. His is interested in different energy systems on a policy and energy market level as well as on the individual corporate level. Of particular interest to him are energy market developments in Germany and Europe more broadly as well as impacts of energy developments in the Arctic regions.

Dr. Hannes Stephan


Dr. Stephan is lecturer in Environmental Politics and Policy at the University of Stirling. He teaches and conducts research on all aspects of environmental politics, covering global, European and national levels of analysis. Dr. Stephan is a co-convenor of the Environmental Politics Standing Group of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR). He has an interest in energy justice/security, the (global) governance of sustainability, and in the relevance of cultural variables for the study of politics.