UCL Energy Institute

Dr Brunilde Verrier

Dr Brunilde Verrier

Research Fellow in Energy Transitions

Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
2nd Mar 2020

Research summary

Brunilde's research interests focus on:

Sustainability, socio-technical systems, social and political aspects of the energy transition, corporate social responsibility, environmental management, the resources sector, and she uses System Thinking and System Dynamics to bridge these disciplines together.

Teaching summary

  • Teaching assistant and co-lecturer in System thinking and System Dynamics at the Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources
  • Happily supervise up to 5 Master's students each year throughout their dissertation process, more particularly from the EPEE Master programme (Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment)
  • Held a one-year teaching assignment during her thesis at the Faculty of Physics and Engineering in Strasbourg, and led workshops in "Eco‐Design" for MSc students as well as a full module in "Product industrialization process" for undergraduate students.


Brunilde joined the UCL Energy Institute in 2020 as a research fellow in socio-technical energy transitions. She uses System thinking approaches in interdisciplinary projects to bridge disciplines together, include diverse stakeholder's perceptions, reveal interconnected causal relationships and hidden feedback mechanisms in complex systems, and channel results to engage with and inform senior policy and industry decision makers. She is currently conducting an analysis of different types of industries decarbonisation and their socio-political drivers, to asses their potential in shaping future national energy transition pathways. Named "the political economy of sunset versus sunrise industries" the project is part of the multi-stakeholders UK industrial decarbonisation research and innovation centre (IDRIC), an initiative born from the UKRI-led industrial decarbonisation challenge.
Previous projects at the UCL include incorporating behavioural barriers and drivers of change in the UK residential sector in an Energy system model for the European led project NAVIGATE, and informing sustainable policy decision-making in achieving the 2050 Net Zero emission target in the UK through the O-STET project (operationalizing socio-technical energy transitions).

Before joining the UCL Brunilde worked at the Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) of the University of Queensland in Brisbane, on Corporate social responsibility in Mining and the mining-community interface. She used System Dynamics to model the complex causal relationships arising at the interface between mining operations, communities and the environment, and remains an honorary fellow at the SMI's Julius Kruttschnitt Minerals research centre (JKMRC).

She holds a PhD in Industrial Engineering and Environmental Management from the University of Strasbourg (Unistra). Her thesis focused on the association of Lean manufacturing and Environmental management as a way to help manufacturing industries cope with societal challenges and foster their business excellence. She also holds a Master of Science in Mechatronics from the Unistra.