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Our people

The Otago Energy Research Centre brings together researchers with a common interest in the transition of New Zealand’s energy system to one which is efficient, secure, sustainable, and carbon neutral. A key strength is the diversity of its researchers from all four Divisions of Otago University. We have over 250 people on our events mailing list, spanning Otago staff, students and the wider community.

Below are our Steering Group Members and Principal Investigators.

If you wish to join our network or have a question about OERC please email oercadmin@otago.ac.nz.

Co-Directors

Sean Connelly

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Sean is Co-Director of OERC. He is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Geography. Community response to sustainability challenges is a recurring theme in his teaching and research. He is a member of Our Food Network, whose mission is to stimulate the production, distribution and consumption of local food and in that way contributes to the building of a resilient and prosperous community.

Sean writes a regular column “Seeds for Change” in the Otago Daily Times on food and sustainability.

Sean's profile

Tel +64 3 479 8771
Email sean.connelly@otago.ac.nz

Michael Jack

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Michael is Co- Director of OERC. He is an Associate Professor in Physics and is Director of the Otago Energy Studies Programme.

His research focus is on fundamental and applied research into a wide range of sustainable energy areas.

He specialises in applying methods from theoretical physics to renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

Michael's profile

Tel +64 3 479 7753
Email michael.jack@otago.ac.nz

OERC Steering Group

Title Name Surname Department
Dr Sean Connelly Geography
Associate Professor Jeremiah Deng Information Science
Professor Julian Eaton-Rye Biochemistry
Associate Professor David Eyers Computer Science
Dr Sebastian Gehricke Accounting & Finance
Professor Keith Gordon Chemistry
Dr  Michael Jack Physics
Dr Sam Lowrey Physics
Mr Ray O’Brien Sustainability Office, Operations
Dr Rita Przybilski Research & Enterprise
Dr Inga Smith Physics
Associate Professor Janet  Stephenson Centre for Sustainability
Associate Professor Zhifa Sun Physics
Mrs Helen Viggers Public Health
Associate Professor Sara Walton Management
Associate Professor Sarah Wakes Centre for Materials Science and Technology

OERC Principal Investigators and Faculty

In order of Division, then Department, then Surname

Commerce

Title Name Surname Department OERC Role
Associate Professor Ivan Diaz-Rainey Accounting and Finance
Professor David Lont Accounting and Finance
Dr Paul Thorsnes Economics
Professor Stephen Cranefield Information Science
Associate Professor Jeremiah Deng Information Science Steering Group
Emeritus Professor Martin Purvis Information Science
Dr Maryam Purvis Information Science
Associate Professor Sara Walton Management Steering Group
Associate Professor Ben Wooliscroft Marketing

Health Sciences

Title Name Surname Department OERC Role
Professor          Julian Eaton-Rye Biochemistry Steering Group
Mrs Helen Viggers Public Health Steering Group
Dr Alex MacMillan Preventive & Social Medicine


Humanities

Title Name Surname Department OERC Role
Associate Professor Janet Stephenson Centre for Sustainability OERC Founder / Steering Group
Dr Sean Connelly Geography Co-Director


Science

Title Name Surname Department OERC Role
Professor Sally Brooker Chemistry
Dr Anna Garden Chemistry
Professor Keith Gordon Chemistry Steering Group
Associate Professor David Eyers Computer Science Steering Group
Associate Professor Andrew Trotman Computer Science
Associate Professor Miranda Mirosa Food Science
Associate Professor Virginia Toy Geology
Associate Professor Sandra Mandic Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences
Emeritus Professor Gerry Carrington Physics & Centre for Sustainability OERC Founder
Dr Michael Jack Physics Co-Director
Dr Sam Lowrey Physics Steering Group
Dr Inga Smith Physics Steering Group
Associate Professor Zhifa Sun Physics Steering Group
Associate Professor Sarah Wakes Centre for Materials Science and Technology Steering Group

For administrative matters and event coordination

Email oercadmin@otago.ac.nz