UCL Australia

Research at UCL Australia

UCL School of Energy and Resources

Research in the School of Energy and Resources focuses on both the upstream and downstream development of energy and resources, covering a wide range of disciplines - from engineering and economics to environmental science and law. 

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Mullard Space Science Laboratory

The Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL) is a world-leading research organisation delivering a broad science programme that is underpinned by a strong capability in space science instrumentation, space-domain engineering, space medicine, systems engineering and project management.

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International Energy Policy Institute

The International Energy Policy Institute (IEPI) was created to address key policy issues in the mineral, energy and resources industries through intensive and innovative research.

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2014 Annual Report

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Read about all departmental research in the 2014 Annual Report.

People

Post-doc Researcher

Our people are our biggest asset and the foundation of our research and education capabilities. We recruit and retain the best people for each role, ensuring their skills, experience and philosophy align with UCL Australia’s core mission and values. 

Find out more about UCL Australia staff below or contact us with any general enquiries via telephone on +61 8 8110 9960 or web form. Contact details for all UCL staff are also available via the global UCL directory.



Management Team

Prof Magnus Nyden, Head of Department

Prof Magnus Nyden

Magnus Nydén is the Head of Department at UCL Australia. He is Professor of Applied Surface Chemistry and an Adjunct Professor at Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Queensland. He also holds an Honorary Professorship at UCL.

Magnus is a physical chemist and together with his colleagues he has published more than 140 papers in the following categories: surfactants and polymers in solutions, polymer and colloid gels, microencapsulation, polymers at interfaces, marine antibiofouling, controlled release, coatings, diffusion in porous materials, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance.

Magnus holds nine patents and has ten years of experience of company consulting. He started CAPECO AB, a company producing microcapsules for controlled-release applications, together with colleagues from Chalmers business school. From a research perspective he is best known for his work in diffusion studies in micro-heterogeneous porous materials. In a recent web of science investigation he was ranked among the top 20 scientists in the world having a focus on NMR diffusion in porous materials.

Magnus current research interests are in sustainable materials for marine antibiofouling technologies and new tools and methods for better control of product quality in the processing industry.

Email:  m.nyden@ucl.ac.uk

Bronte Treloar, Deputy Head of Department

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Mr Treloar is responsible for the financial and resource management functions of UCL in Australia. He joined UCL in 2011 after a four year term as Director, University City Project with the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Government of South Australia.

He has had a long career in financial and resource management in the Government of South Australia and was for over 10 years Executive Director Resources for the Education Department.

Mr Treloar worked with the former Deputy Agent General in London to establish UCL in Adelaide and was responsible for creating the International University Precinct in the Torrens Building, Victoria Square in Adelaide.

He holds a Graduate Diploma in Accounting from the University of South Australia and is a Fellow of the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants (FCPA).

Email: b.treloar@ucl.ac.uk

Dr Ady James, Director of Teaching

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Dr Ady James is the Director of Teaching in UCL Australia and the Executive Director of the Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL) Australia where he is researching remote sensing technologies as applied to the energy and resource sectors. Previous to this Dr James was a Senior Research Fellow in UCL’s Department of Space and Climate Physics (MSSL) where he had worked on various space programmes including Mars 96, Cluster, XMM Newton, MOSES, Solar-B (Hinode) and most recently as Systems Engineer on the VIS instrument of the ESA Euclid programme. 

In his role at UCL Australia Dr James teaches Project Management for Energy and Resources as part of the MSc in Energy and Resources Management. He is also active in the supervision of MSc and PhD projects. As Co-Director of the UCL Centre for Systems Engineering Dr James provided training courses to industry on various aspects of Systems Engineering and Project Management. 

Ady is a member of the Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA), the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM), the Systems Engineering Society of Australia (SESA) and the Australian Chapter of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE).

See full academic profile of Dr Ady James

Email: a.james@ucl.ac.uk

Dr Craig Styan, Director of Research

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Dr Craig Styan is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Energy and Resources where his research is focussed on the environmental impacts of energy and resources developments. Prior to joining UCL, Craig worked as a consultant in Western Australia, designing and running large scale monitoring programs for port developments, including the Gorgon, Wheatstone and Browse LNG projects. Before that, Craig taught marine ecology and statistics at the University of Sydney and then Deakin University. He has also held post-doctoral research positions at the University of Melbourne and the South Australian Research and Development Institute.

Craig’s areas of expertise include survey/experimental design and how to maximise the cost-effectiveness of environmental monitoring and adaptive management programmes. Craig has experience working on population and community ecology of temperate and tropical marine/estuarine systems and has designed and run a wide variety of field programs, ranging from water quality and corals, through to fisheries and aerial surveys for dugong and whales.  Craig is also on the council (as treasurer) of the Australian Marine Sciences Association. 

See full academic profile of Dr Craig Styan

Email: c.styan@ucl.ac.uk

Maria Stavrinakis, Departmental Manager

Maria Stavrinakis

Ms Stavrinakis leads and manages the operational infrastructure of the Department to support teaching, research, administration and other departmental activities. She is also responsible for registry services which includes academic administration, quality assurance and legislative compliance as well as being the key liaison for academic staff with regards to programmes and quality assurance processes. 

Ms Stavrinakis joined UCL in 2009, from Flinders University where she held numerous positions, including Executive Officer to the Deputy Vice Chancellor (International) and Admissions Manager in the International Office. She has significant experience in higher education policy, quality assurance and compliance, international education, student support services and recruitment and admissions. She is a graduate of The South Australian College of Advanced Education (SACAE).

Email: m.stavrinakis@ucl.ac.uk

Affiliated Staff

Professor Anthony Finkelstein

Dean, Faculty of Engineering Sciences

Academic Staff

Dr Ady James

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Dr Ady James is the Academic Director in the UCL School of Energy and Resources, Australia and the Executive Director of the Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL) Australia where he is researching remote sensing technologies as applied to the energy and resource sectors. Previous to this Dr James was a Senior Research Fellow in UCL’s Department of Space and Climate Physics (MSSL) where he had worked on various space programmes including Mars 96, Cluster, XMM Newton, MOSES, Solar-B (Hinode) and most recently as Systems Engineer on the VIS instrument of the ESA Euclid programme. 

In his role at UCL Australia Dr James teaches Project Management for Energy and Resources as part of the MSc in Energy and Resources Management. He is also active in the supervision of MSc and PhD projects. As Co-Director of the UCL Centre for Systems Engineering Dr James provided training courses to industry on various aspects of Systems Engineering and Project Management. 

Ady is a member of the Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA), the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM), the Systems Engineering Society of Australia (SESA) and the Australian Chapter of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE).

See full academic profile of Dr Ady James

Email: a.james@ucl.ac.uk

Dr Craig Styan

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Dr Craig Styan is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Energy and Resources where his research is focussed on the environmental impacts of energy and resources developments. Prior to joining UCL, Craig worked as a consultant in Western Australia, designing and running large scale monitoring programs for port developments, including the Gorgon, Wheatstone and Browse LNG projects. Before that, Craig taught marine ecology and statistics at the University of Sydney and then Deakin University. He has also held post-doctoral research positions at the University of Melbourne and the South Australian Research and Development Institute.

Craig’s areas of expertise include survey/experimental design and how to maximise the cost-effectiveness of environmental monitoring and adaptive management programmes. Craig has experience working on population and community ecology of temperate and tropical marine/estuarine systems and has designed and run a wide variety of field programs, ranging from water quality and corals, through to fisheries and aerial surveys for dugong and whales.  Craig is also on the council (as treasurer) of the Australian Marine Sciences Association. 

See full academic profile of Dr Craig Styan

Email: c.styan@ucl.ac.uk

Ms Christine Trenorden

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Christine Trenorden joined UCL Australia as a Visiting Professor in 2013. She has had a distinguished career in the law, having served as The Senior Judge of the Environment, Resources and Development Court 2002-2010 and as a judge of the District Court of South Australia and a deputy presiding member of the Equal Opportunity Tribunal 1993-2010. In her judicial capacity, Christine also served as a member of the Council of the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration, as a regional convenor for the National Judicial College of Australia and chaired various committees for the Chief Justice of SA.

In 2012-2013 she was a member of the Panel of Experts who investigated and reported on the future role of local government in SA in Strengthening South Australian Communities in a Changing World – The Council of the Future. In 2010-2011 Christine was an AusAID volunteer on assignment in Fiji, mentoring young Pacific Islander environmental lawyers and working on development aid projects in the Pacific region with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).  She continued working in the region until early 2013. She has also worked on projects in Indonesia and Laos.

Prior to judicial life Christine’s legal career focussed on the areas of environment and planning, resources and development, and local government. She is an honorary fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and an honorary life member of the National Environmental Law Association.

See full academic profile of Christine Trenorden

Email: c.trenorden@ucl.ac.uk

Dr Adeline Tubb

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Dr Adeline Tubb is an Economics Lecturer the School of Energy and Resources, Australia. Prior to her appointment at UCL, Adeline was a Research Fellow at the University of Ottawa in Canada. She completed her PhD in economics at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in 2012 and also holds an undergraduate degree in economics with Honours from UNSW. Adeline’s research portfolio lies at the intersection of environmental and economic sustainability and is divided into two broad streams. The first investigates the relationship between demography, economic growth and environmental quality, in particular the impact of population ageing on government environmental expenditure. Her second research stream explores the interrelationship between environmental policy, competitiveness and innovation, focussing on the role played by technology spillovers in enhancing environmental R&D at the firm level and how firm profitability is impacted by environmental R&D. 

See full academic profile of Dr Adeline Tubb

Email: a.tubb@ucl.ac.uk

Dr Eng Hwa Yap

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Dr Eng Hwa Yap is a Senior Lecturer at the UCL School of Energy and Resources, Australia where he leads courses in Water Resources Management and Energy Efficiency and Conservation. Eng Hwa’s research work is concentrated largely on sustainable system dynamics modelling using renewable energy technologies. He looks into the dynamics of such technologies’ integration within the community with a focus on emerging economies. 

Eng Hwa holds a PhD in Marine Engineering from University College London, and an undergraduate degree in marine technology from Plymouth University, UK. Prior to (re-)joining UCL, Eng Hwa was an Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus where he has also completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education. His previous work in marine and offshore engineering was concerned with the generation of clean energy using stranded offshore natural gas with a 'floating power station' with CCS. 

Dr Yap is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), UK.

See full academic profile of Dr Eng Hwa Yap

Email: e.yap@ucl.ac.uk

Dr Tuan Phan

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Dr Tuan Phan is a Senior Teaching Fellow at the School of Energy and Resources, UCL Australia. He completed his PhD in economics at the Australian National University (ANU) and also holds a Master degree in International and Development Economics (from the ANU), a Bachelor degree in Law (from Hanoi Law University) and a Bachelor degree in Economics (from Hanoi National Economics University). Tuan’s research portfolio includes macroeconomics, economic policy, development and environmental economics. Before joining UCL Australia, Tuan had taught various Economics and Econometrics courses at the ANU and University of Canberra. He twice achieved the ANU Commendation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning in 2013 and 2014.

See full academic profile of Dr Tuan Phan

Email: tuan.phan@ucl.ac.uk

Affiliated Staff

Dr Mark Barrett

Principal Research Fellow, UCL Energy Institute

Dr Simon Banks

Faculty Tutor, Faculty of Engineering Sciences

Professor Anthony Finkelstein

Dean, Faculty of Engineering Sciences 

Professor Eric Fraga

Professor of Process Systems Engineering 

Ian Havercroft

Research Fellow in Environmental Law 

Professor Tadj Oreszczyn

Director, Energy Institute

Emeritus Professor Tony Owen

Emeritus Professor, UCL International Energy Policy Institute

Dr Eleftheria Polykarpou

Honorary Lecturer

Ray Purdy

Senior Research Fellow in Environmental Law

Professor Anthony Smith

Acting Vice-Provost, International

Dr Katelijn Van Hende

Honorary Lecturer

Visiting Academics

Dr Jonathan Mirrlees-Black

Dr Jonathan Mirrlees-Black joined UCL Australia as a Visiting Professor in 2013, teaching Financing Resource Projects.

He is an experienced management consultant and investment analyst. He is Head of Research at RARE Infrastructure and chairs RARE’s Investment Advisory Board (IAB). He also advises on economics, finance, and strategy with a particular focus on energy, infrastructure and environmental markets. Most recently he has published a working paper on Reflections on RPI-X regulation in OECD countries.

Jonathan has twenty years experience of the energy industry in corporate planning (with BP), management consulting (with Coopers & Lybrand, and Cambridge Economic Policy Associates), and as a sell-side analyst (with UBS, Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, Lehman, and Exane BNP Paribas).

He has a BA in Pure Maths from Sheffield University, and M.Phil. and D.Phil. degrees in economics from Oxford University.  

Dr Paul Dare

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Dr Paul Dare joined UCL as an Honorary Reader in 2014 after ten years in industry, introducing new airborne remote sensing technologies to the mining, defence and primary industries sectors.    

He is a commercial pilot and remote sensing specialist with a proven track record in the development and commercialisation of airborne imaging technologies. 

Dr Dare is CEO of the Spatial Scientific Group of companies, with an established market in North America and Europe, as well as Australia. His award-winning work has changed the face of airborne remote sensing by making it more accessible to more users.

He is a Fellow of Royal Geographical Society, a Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society and an Ambassador for the Defence Reserves Support Council in South Australia. He is an alumnus of UCL, where he completed his PhD.        

Professor Sir Malcolm Grant CBE

Professor Sir Malcolm Grant CBE

Professor Sir Malcolm Grant CBE joined UCL Australia as a Visiting Professor in 2014. He was UCL President and Provost from 2003 to 2013. During that period UCL emerged as one of the world's leading research-intensive universities, regularly ranked amongst the top 20 in the world, and for each of the last 3 years has held 4th  place in the QS World University Rankings. He was knighted in 2013 for his services to higher education.

He has had a distinguished academic career, specializing in planning law, environmental law and property law. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including the innovative Urban Planning Law (Sweet and Maxwell, 1981), and he was for 24 years the Editor of the Encyclopedia of Planning Law and Practice (Sweet and Maxwell, looseleaf; 8 volumes), of which he remains the consultant editor, as well as of the Encyclopedia of Environmental Law.

He has chaired the Russell Group of the leading UK research universities and was for 4 years a member of the Board of Directors of the League of European Research universities. 

Sir Malcolm was appointed in 2011 as the inaugural Chairman of NHS England, a new independent board established by the British Government to manage the National Health Service in England. NHS England commissions healthcare for a population of 55 million people, and holds an annual budget approaching £100 billion, with responsibility to deliver significant long-term improvements in health outcomes and the quality of healthcare in England.

Professor Christof Rühl

Prof Christof Ruhl

Professor Christof Rühl has joined UCL Australia as a Visiting Professor in 2014. He is the first Global Head of Research at the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), responsible for establishing and managing a new, independent, global research unit providing the ADIA with proprietary fundamental and macroeconomic research.  

Before joining ADIA Prof Rühl was the Group Chief Economist and Vice President of BP plc (2005-2014) where he managed BP’s global Economics Team and provided the economic underpinning for BP’s commercial and strategic decisions. 

Christof has a distinguished track record in both academia and economic policy making. Prior to joining BP, he served as the World’s Bank Chief Economist in Russia and in Brazil (1998-2005), and before that, as Principal Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Previously, he was an academic economist, first in Germany and from 1991 as Professor of Economics at the University of California in Los Angeles. 

His areas of specialisation are macroeconomics and energy economics; he has published widely in these fields.

Professor Stefaan Simons

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Professor Simons, CEng FIChemE, is Dean of the College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences at Brunel University London. Prior to taking up that role in June 2015, he was Professor of Chemical Engineering at University College London (UCL), Director of the Centre for CO2 Technology (in London) and inaugural Director of the International Energy Policy Institute (IEPI) at UCL Australia, where he also held the BHP Billiton Chair of Energy Policy. 

His research is focussed on low carbon energy technologies and innovations for the energy and chemicals sectors and he has particular experience in nuclear fuel reprocessing and waste disposal. 

Professor Simons is a fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and chairman of the board of the IChemE's Energy Centre. He has over 200 publications. 

Email: stefaan.simons@ucl.ac.uk

Professor Paul Stevens

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Professor Paul Stevens is a Visiting Professor at UCL (Australia) and Distinguished Research Fellow (Energy) at Chatham House, London. He is also Emeritus Professor of Petroleum Policy and Economics at the University of Dundee and a Consulting Professor at Stanford University. He has published extensively on energy economics, the international petroleum industry, unconventional gas, economic development issues and the political economy of the Gulf. Some recent publications for Chatham House include “The 'Shale Gas Revolution': Hype and Reality” (September 2010, updated August 2012), “The Coming Oil Supply Crunch” (August 2008, revised May 2009) and “Transit Troubles: Pipelines as a Source of Conflict” (March 2009). Most recently he has co-authored a green paper on Shale Gas in Australia: The Policy Options with UCL Australia. He also works as a consultant for many companies and governments.

Professor Stevens was awarded the 2009 OPEC Award in recognition of his outstanding work in the field of oil and energy research. The award was established in 2004 by OPEC to honour individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the petroleum industry and oil-related issues. The award honours those who have demonstrated a high level of independence and integrity in their work and who have persistently presented a critical, yet impartial view on oil-related issues in debates. 

Dr Tim Stone

Dr Timothy Stone CBE holds a Visiting Professorships at UCL Australia. He is a non-executive member of the board of the European Investment Bank and has been senior adviser to the ­secretary of state for the Department of Energy and Climate Change since 2007. 

Dr Stone CBE has graduated from Oxford with a degree in Physical Chemistry. He has spent his career life in business and investment, advising governments and the private sector. 

He is Former Global Chairman of KPMG’s Infrastructure Group. Prior to joining KPMG, he was a Director at SG Warburg & Co. where he was a founder of the operator of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, London & Continental Railways. Before joining SG Warburg with his team in the late 1980s, he was a Managing Director at Chase Manhattan in New York, where he ran one of the Bank’s international businesses for a number of years.

In March 2011 Dr Stone CBE was honoured by the leading infrastructure publication, Infrastructure Journal, with only their second Lifetime Achievement Award.  

Mr James Voss

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James Voss is a Honorary Reader at the International Energy Policy Institute. 

He is a nuclear engineer with 38 years of professional experience associated with the safe management of nuclear materials. He has led nuclear, environmental and renewable energy initiatives in over 40 countries. 

Mr Voss has served in the Executive Office of the President of the United States for two Presidents. He has advised senior government officials throughout the world. 

Mr Voss is a Fellow of the UK Nuclear Institute.

Email: j.voss@ucl.ac.uk

Research Staff and Students

Dr Laura Falkenberg

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Dr Laura Falkenberg is a Post-doctoral Research Associate in the UCL School of Energy and Resources, Australia. In her role at UCL Laura is developing a new technique to identify the effects of environmental impacts on marine species using measures of gamete motility, the outcomes of which will have implications for forecasts of population dynamics and ecosystem composition. 

Prior to joining UCL Laura was a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Adelaide where she conducted research that considered the potential role of altered conditions as drivers of shifts in kelp ecosystems. 

Laura completed her PhD in Marine Ecology at the University of Adelaide and holds an undergraduate degree in Arts (Geography and Environmental Studies) and Science (Ecology/Marine Biology) with Honours in Marine Biology.

See full academic profile of Dr Laura Falkenberg

Email: l.falkenberg@ucl.ac.uk

Dr Cristelle Maurin

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Cristelle Maurin  is a Post-doctoral Research Associate at the International Energy Policy Institute. She joined the Institute in 2014 with a research project focused on the regulation of unconventional gas in Australia. 

Prior to this, Dr Maurin worked for the United Nations in East Asia and Africa with responsibilities encompassing policy support for legal reforms, institutional capacity strengthening and community empowerment in developing countries. She also consulted for the private sector and international organisations. In 2013, with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, she assisted with the development of offshore mineral regimes for the sustainable management of resources in the South Pacific region.

In her role at UCL Australia, Dr Maurin draws on her international experience in legal and policy research to analyse Australian jurisdictions’ regulatory approaches to unconventional gas development, and examine the role governance and institutional arrangements play in empowering stakeholders to participate in decision making for sustainable socioeconomic and environmental outcomes and generate community trust in energy policy outcomes. 

Dr Maurin holds a PhD in international law from the University of Paris, Pantheon-Sorbonne. Her research interests span regulatory developments impacting the energy and resource sectors, participatory governance and natural resource management. Associate to the Centre for Chinese Studies at the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa), her research extends to Chinese investment patterns in Africa and Australia’s resource sectors.

See full academic profile of Dr Cristelle Maurin

Email: c.maurin@ucl.ac.uk

Dr Gillian Owen

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Dr Gillian Owen is a Senior Research Associate at UCL Australia’s International Energy Policy Institute. 

Dr  Owen has undertaken extensive research and published widely on energy efficiency, fuel poverty, smart meters, distributed energy and demand side response. She has been a part-time Senior Research Associate at the Energy Institute at University College London since 2011 and now continues her association with UCL based in Australia at the UCL International Energy Policy Institute. She also has a part-time senior research post at Monash University and is providing advice to the Australian Energy Markets Commission and Australian Energy Regulator. Until her departure from the UK in August 2012 she was Vice Chair of the Government’s Fuel Poverty Advisory Group,  a Non-Executive Director of the water regulator Ofwat,  a member of Ofgem's Consumer Challenge Group, DECC's Smart Meters Consumer Advisory Group and Chair of the REAL Consumer Assurance Scheme for microgeneration. She was a Commissioner of the UK’s Competition Commission for ten years until 2002 and has also been a non-executive board member of Ofgem.

See full academic profile of Dr Gillian Owen

Email: gillian.owen@ucl.ac.uk

Dr Navinda De Silva

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Dr Navinda De Silva is a Post-doctoral Research Associate at the International Energy Policy Institute, focussing on the possibility of developing a shale gas potential in Australia, similarly to the US shale gas revolution. The US shale gas revolution was possible due to factors such as favorable geology, low costs, regulations, effective community engagement, mineral ownership, pipeline access, gas markets and extensive service industry. Dr De Silva’s research examines the above factors in the Australian context which will determine whether it is possible to replicate the US shale gas success in Australia. 

Most recently he has co-authored a green paper on Shale Gas in Australia: The Policy Options. His research interests are unconventional gas development, CCS, sedimentology and geochemistry of shales.

Navinda completed a PhD in civil engineering at Monash University and a Masters in civil engineering at the University of Tokyo. 

See full academic profile of Dr Navinda de Silva

Email: n.desilva@ucl.ac.uk

Dr Darien Simon

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Dr. Darien Simon is a Post-doctoral Research Associate with the International Energy Policy Institute.  Her research is focussed on the transdisciplinary fields of community engagement and sustainability with a primary emphasis on energy and resources issues.  She has particular expertise in systems thinking in sustainability and community engagement, reuse of contaminated lands, sustainable living and behaviour change and collaborative processes for climate change adaptation.  Her expertise is being applied in projects on energy demand management, low carbon investment issues and using Communities of Practice to develop community engagement networks.

Previous to this, Dr. Simon has worked as a research associate at Rutgers University and as a Community, Natural Resources and Economic Development Educator with the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension.  She has taught undergraduate and postgraduate university courses in Sustainability, Urban Land Use Planning, Neighborhood Revitalization, Systems Thinking and Social Welfare in the US and UK and developed community education materials on municipal energy efficiency, climate change, low carbon resources and living sustainably.  Dr. Simon has also headed up her own consulting firm specialising in sustainability and energy efficiency issues and has contributed to the larger community through service as Vice Chair of her local Town Planning Board, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Green Resource Hub of the Finger Lakes and by supervising the Family Fun Tent at the Ithaca Festival in Ithaca, New York.

Dr. Simon earned her PhD in Urban Planning and Public Policy from Rutgers University (New Jersey); her Master’s of Science in Educational Psychology and Counseling from California State University, Northridge and her Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from the University of Oregon. She is a Full Member of the Institution of Environmental Sciences.

See full academic profile of Dr Darien Simon

Email: d.simon@ucl.ac.uk

PhD students

Nelson Enano Jr.

Mr Nelson Enano

Nelson graduated with an MSc in Engineering and Policy Analysis from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. He joined UCL at their Adelaide campus on Australia Development Awards. He is studying the role of the social cost of power interruption to assess design scenarios for load shedding, intermittent renewable energy integration and demand side participation. His study is at the interface of power system engineering, power systems economics and public policy. 

Nelson is under the supervision of Professor Stefaan Simons and Emeritus Professor Tony Owen, both from the International Energy Policy Institute (IEPI), UCL, and Professor Brian Collins from the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP), UCL.


Nelson studies at UCL Australia thanks to a scholarship from The Australia Awards. Deadlines of applications vary by award category and by country.

Mariya Koleva

Ms Mariya Koleva

Mariya graduated with an MSc in Chemical with Biochemical Engineering from UCL. She joined UCL at their Adelaide campus on a BHP Billiton scholarship award to pursue a PhD focusing on the synthesis and optimisation of water purification processes through techno-environmental modelling. 

Mariya is supervised jointly by Dr Craig Styan (School of Energy and Resources, UCL) and Professor Lazaros Papageorgiou (Centre for Process Systems Engineering, UCL). 

Prior to joining UCL, Mariya undertook internships in the chemical engineering departments of P&G, Czech Republic and Nestle, Bulgaria.  


Maria has recently presented at The 20th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (MODSIM 2013) about A Mixed Integer Linear Programming (MILP) model for cost-effective water treatment synthesis

Andrew Nance



Andrew is being supervised by Dr Gillian Owen and Dr Ady James.  

Holly Niner

Ms Holly Niner

Holly graduated with an MSci in Oceanography from the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton in the UK. She joined UCL at their Adelaide campus on a BHP Billiton scholarship award to pursue a PhD looking at the potential of biodiversity offsetting as a management tool in the marine environment. 

Holly is supervised jointly by Dr Craig Styan (School of Energy and Resources, Australia), Dr Peter Jones (Department of Geography) and Dr Ben Milligan (Centre for Law and Environment). This follows a number of years working on marine conservation and environmental management within governmental organisations, NGOs and industry in the UK. 

Holly’s research interests lie in the effective and robust governance of the environment, particularly in the absence of scientific certainty. 

Sayara Saliyeva

Ms Sayara Saliyeva

Sayara graduated with an MEng in Chemical Engineering from University of Sheffield, UK, for which she was awarded the Kazakhstan President’s Bolashak International Scholarship. She joined UCL at their Adelaide campus on a BHP Billiton Scholarship award to pursue a PhD looking at the life cycle assessment of underground coal gasification. 

Sayara is supervised jointly by Professor Stefaan Simons (Director of the International Energy Policy Institute, UCL) and Professor Paola Lettieri (Department of Chemical Engineering, UCL). 

Prior to joining UCL, she held a post as a teaching and research assistant within the Department of Chemical Engineering at  Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan. Sayara’s research interests lie at the interface between environmental risk assessment and techno-economic analysis of gasification processes, particularly in relation to policy formation and the establishment of novel or emerging technologies. 


Carmen Wouters

Ms Carmen Wouters

Carmen graduated with an MSc in Energy Engineering from the University of Leuven, Belgium which featured a year focusing on power systems and renewable energy, at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden. She joined UCL at their Adelaide campus on a BHP Billiton scholarship to pursue a PhD looking at the interdisciplinary modeling and optimisation of the design, operation and regulation of microgrids.

Carmen is supervised jointly by Dr Adrian James (School of Energy and Resources, UCL) and Professor Eric Fraga (Centre for Process Systems Engineering, UCL). 

Prior to joining UCL, Carmen undertook an engineering internship with BASF Asia Pacific, Shanghai, China. Her research interests lie at the interface between electricity regulation and techno-economic modelling to support the development of a cost effective, reliable and sustainable future energy supply system. 


Carmen has recently presented at All-Energy Australia 2013. Read about her presentation on ‘Optimal design of a microgrid: A case study in South Australia’.

Yunyang Wu

Mr Yunyang Wu

Yunyang graduated with an MSc in Power Systems Engineering from UCL in London. He came to UCL Australia with a BHP Billiton scholarship to pursue a PhD looking at the structure of future power systems with high penetration of renewable energy. 

Yunyang is supervised jointly by Professor Stefaan Simons (Director of the International Energy Policy Institute, UCL), Dr Mark Barrett (Energy Institute, UCL) and Dr Luke Reedman (Energy Flagship, CSIRO). 

Yunyang’s research interests lie in the smooth pathway to a renewable power system from today’s system under various policy and environment constraints, also the structure of future power systems, particularly in the renewable energy in the generation mix and the cross-continental supergrid. 


Academic Board

Emeritus Laureate Professor John Ralston AO

Emeritus Professor John Ralston is an internationally recognised expert in colloid and surface chemistry and their application in metallurgical engineering and technology. He is also the founding Director and driving force behind the establishment of The Ian Wark Institute at the University of South Australia.

Throughout his career he held invited Professorships in Cape Town, Lulea, Bristol, Utah and Florida and holds an Honorary Doctorate from the Abo Akademi in Finland, as well as Honorary Professorships in Materials Science and Engineering at Tianjin University in China and the Graduate School of Engineering at the University of Tokyo.

Professor Chris Baker

Professor Chris Baker is the Ohio State Research Scholar in Integrated Sensor Systems at The Ohio State University.

Until June 2011 he was the Dean and Director of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the Australian National University (ANU). Prior to this he held the Thales-Royal Academy of Engineering Chair of intelligent radar systems at UCL.

He has been actively engaged in radar system research since 1984 and is the author of more than 200 publications. He is the recipient of the IEE Mountbatten premium (twice), the IEE Institute premium and is a Fellow of the IET. He is a visiting Professor at the University of Cape Town, Cranfield University, UCL, the University of Adelaide and Wright State University.

Hon Dr Jane Lomax-Smith

Dr Jane Lomax-Smith attended The London Hospital Medical School in Whitechapel gaining an MBBS from London University.

She trained as a histopathologist with a Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists and an interest and further Fellowship in Oral Pathology.  Dr Lomax-Smith has a PhD in renal immunology from the University of Adelaide and has worked in London, Adelaide and Boston in laboratory research, clinical pathology and private practice.

She was Lord Mayor of the City of Adelaide from 1997-2000 and was elected to the South Australian Parliament (House of Assembly) in 2000, serving as a Minister eight years. More recently she has been the Chair of the Higher Education Base Funding Review for the Australian Government and is currently the Chair of the Board of the South Australian Museum and a member of the Board of Directors of the Jam Factory.

Please see here for the UCL Australia Academic Board Constitution

Professional Services Staff

Dina Bello, PA and Office Manager

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Ms Bello provides executive support to the Head of Department. This includes the management of the Head of Department’s office and direct involvement and support for the strategic planning and coordination of the UCL Australia's activities. The role also involves direct interaction with students and stakeholders.  Dina is also the Office Manager which incorporates the function of Work, Health & Safety Officer.

Ms Bello has extensive private sector experience including 16 years of Executive Assistant to Senior Executives of Elders Limited, with over 9 years directly supporting the Managing Director.

Email: d.bello@ucl.ac.uk

Jason Dow, Administrative Officer

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Mr Dow provides support and registry services to students. He is responsible for the progressive development and wellbeing of students, in all areas of their academic undertakings. This includes enrolment, admissions and any matters pertaining to their experiences at UCL Australia.

Prior to joining UCL Australia, Jason worked for Maxceed in Japan where he specialised in education, support and curriculum development.

He is a graduate of Flinders University where he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts (Screen Studies).

Email: j.dow@ucl.ac.uk

Mark Johnson, Industry Liaison, Marketing and Student Recruitment Manager

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Mr Johnson is responsible for leading UCL’s strategy of Industry Liaison, Marketing and Student Recruitment. UCL enjoys the collaboration and strong relationships with its partners which range from the State and Federal governments, Academic Institutions and Industry Partners. As a result of these partnerships and UCL’s continued presence in Adelaide, UCL Australia has contributed to the worldwide advancement of both research and teaching in the energy and resources industry.

A UCL alumnus (BA Hons), South Australian and Englishman Mark moved from London to Adelaide in 2010 where he now lives with his wife and daughter.

Prior to joining UCL, Mark built a successful career in the executive search and recruitment industry as a Manager and National Practice Leader for one of the largest staffing companies in the world.

E-mail: mark.i.johnson@ucl.ac.uk

Angela Korng, Finance Manager

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Ms Korng is responsible for the finance function at UCL Australia and provides support to the Chief Financial Officer. Her role performs multiple finance functions including financial accounting, accounts management, payroll and taxation.

Prior to joining UCL, Ms Korng worked at PKF Business Advisers where she specialised in providing accounting, business advisory and taxation services.

She is a graduate of Adelaide University and holds a Bachelor degree in Commerce (Accounting).

E-mail: a.korng@ucl.ac.uk

Pixie Yeap, Student Services Coordinator

Affiliated Staff

Dr David Stevens

Head of International Office

Sara Collins

Faculty Manager, Faculty of Engineering Sciences