Professor Gerry Carrington's family comes from Dunedin and North Otago, where he was brought up. From 1973 to 2008, he was a member of staff in the Physics Department, University of Otago, where his research focused on technologies for improving consumer energy efficiency.
He has published 120 research papers, as author or co-author, and he wrote the textbook, “Basic Thermodynamics,” published by Oxford University Press in 1993. At the University of Otago, he helped to establish courses in energy management, led the introduction of the interdisciplinary Applied Science programme, and helped to set up companies for improving energy efficiency in industry.
Gerry is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Otago, a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and a Fellow of the Institution of Professional Engineers of New Zealand. He is a trustee of the National Energy Research Institute and the Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust. In 2009, he was awarded the "Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Energy Award" by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority, and was noted by the judging panel as being "a leader of change based on academic principles" and "an educator of future generations of energy specialists."
Gerry is also the founder of the National Energy Research Institute (NERI), an independent, research evidence-based organisation that strives to be a ‘thought-leader’ of the energy sector.
As a member of the Centre's advisory board, Gerry consults on university matters and energy research.