Ryan Roberts

Ryan Roberts profile picture

PhD Student
School of Engineering and Computer Science

Thesis Info

Research Interests: Energy Transitions, Renewable Energy, Energy Impacts, Community Energy
Thesis Title: Understanding the Impacts of Community Energy in New Zealand
Supervisor: Prof Alan Brent, Dr James Hinkley


Research Interests

I have strong interests in energy transitions happening at a local level within cities, regions and communities. The impacts of bottom-up sustainable energy initiatives, and the mechanisms that enable these impacts, I believe will drive decarbonisation and a more equitable future. My research will investigate the impacts of community renewable energy (CRE) projects and will be split into three components:
  1. Research and design of a CRE impact framework: This component will research what different stakeholders are trying to achieve with CRE projects.
  2. Collecting impact data on CRE projects: This section will involve collecting data on the impacts currently emanating from CRE projects within New Zealand.
  3. Investigate CRE best practices: This will look at what aspects of projects assist communities in achieving the impacts they desired.


Reviewing the Impacts of Community Energy initiatives in New Zealand. Available at: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/1177083X.2021.1877161?needAccess=true

The Correlation Between Energy Cost Share, Human and Economic Development: Using time Series Data from Australasia, North America, Europe and BRICS Nations. Available at: https://www.mdpi.com/1996-1073/11/9/2405