Dr Anastasia Ioannou
- Lecturer in Sustainable Resources (Systems Power & Energy)
I am a Lecturer in Sustainable Resources at James Watt School of Engineering. Prior this position, I worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the University of Glasgow (2018-2020) and University of Strathclyde (2018-2020), and as a Research Assistant at the University of Piraeus Research Centre (2012-2014).
I received my Engineering Doctorate Degree in the development of risk-based methods for sustainable energy systems from Cranfield University in 2018 as part of the EPSRC REMS CDT. Furthermore, I have collaborated with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), working on the Pathways to Sustainable Energy project and I am currently a member of the UNECE Task Force on the Carbon Neutrality project and member of the Group of Experts in Renewable Energy (GERE). Further, I have collaborated with Willis Towers Watson on mitigation strategies of risks related to the planning and development of renewable energy technology projects. Finally, I am currently an Editorial Advisory Board member of the Journal of Energy Sources Part b: Economics, Planning and Policy.
During my research and academic career, I have participated in a number of projects, such as:
- European Commission Horizon 2020 – ENCLUDE (Energy Citizens for Inclusive Decarbonization)
- European Commission Horizon 2020 – CROWDTHERMAL (Community-based development schemes for geothermal energy)
- EPSRC Supergen - Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Hub
- EPSRC Supergen Wind Flexible Funding – Development of an integrated life-cycle cost assessment model of floating wind turbines
- European Commission Horizon 2020 – ROMEO (Reducing the cost of offshore wind energy and boosting the renewables industry)
- Joint Industry Project SLIC - Offshore Wind Structural Life Cycle Industry Collaboration
- European Commission FP7 - GREENECONET (Accelerating progress towards the Green Economy)
- European Commission FP7 - APRAISE (Assessment of Policy Interrelationships and Impacts on Sustainability in Europe)
My research area lies on deriving efficient solutions towards transitioning to net-zero carbon energy futures by adopting an interdisciplinary approach, involving the consideration of technological, financial, environmental and social facets. My research involves the development and employment of quantitative models and methods to enable the assessment of critical issues underpinning the energy decarbonisation.
Relevant areas of work involve optimisation of energy systems under uncertainty, stochastic techno-economic analysis of sustainable energy technologies, multi-criteria decision analysis, and incorporation of data-driven methods.
In order to accelerate the transition while achieving a just and inclusive decarbonization pathway, the role of citizen in the energy system should be reconsidered not just as a consumer (or even prosumer) of energy, but rather as having an active participation in the energy transition.
Our H2020 ENCLUDE project focuses on this interesting research area investigating the decarbonisation potential of “energy citizenship”. At a technology level, my work also involves O&M modelling, lifecycle costing and development of end-of-life scenarios of offshore wind and other renewable energy technologies.
- Horizon 2020: ENCLUDE – Co-I Horizon 2020: CROWDTHERMAL – Researcher
I am keen on working with enthusiastic students with a strong interest in the area of transition to decarbonisation pathways, sustainable energy, whole-energy system modelling, optimisation and techno-economic analysis of energy systems at national and district level. Interested students can send me their CV and idea of a proposed research topic.
The School offers a number of funding opportunities.
Relevant PhD projects include (but are not limited to):
(1) Impact of integrating high shares of intermittent renewable energy to the grid.
(2) Optimisation of 5th generation district heating and cooling systems.
(3) (Multi-objective) Optimisation of national energy systems under uncertainty.
(4) Optimisation of decentralised hybrid systems involving the integration of multiple sustainable energy sources (solar PV, wind and potentially biomass) together with a battery storage system
(5) Investigating the potential of decentralised hybrid systems to developing economies.
(6) Developing operational management strategies and derisking renewable energy technologies.
- Member of the Group of Experts in Renewable Energy (GERE) within the Sustainable Energy Division of the UNECE (October, 2019).
- Member of the UNECE Task Force on the Carbon Neutrality project (from April, 2020).
- Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Energy Sources, Part B: Economics, Planning, and Policy Journal (June 2020).