External Expert Advisory Board (EEAB)

Providing expert external oversight and stakeholder input

The CONSEED EEAB is composed of stakeholders/experts in the areas of a) energy efficiency policy design, communication and implementation and b) methodological and scientific techniques utilised in the project.

While the EEAB will have no direct influence on project management or research design, they will be solicited for guidance and advice by the Coordinator on research relevant to their expertise. The EEAB will also provide important advice regarding dissemination opportunities to the policy, academic, research, relevant stakeholder communities and beyond. 

ELISABETH COSTA
(co-sharing with Toby Park)

Head of Energy and Sustainability at the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT), UK​​

MIRJAM HARMELINK

Managing consultant at Harmelink Consulting, Netherlands

NIELS LADEFOGED

DG ENER European Commission, Belgium

Mirjam has over 15 years of experience in advising governments, businesses and NGOs. She has worked for the Dutch National Environmental Assessment Agency, the energy agency SenterNovem, and in several positions at Ecofys. She is a policy expert with a good overview of policies applied in the field of renewables, energy efficiency and climate change across Europe. Her work focuses on design, monitoring and evaluation of renewable, energy efficiency and climate change policies across Europe.

She has advised a large number of national and international clients in this field including the European Commission, national Ministries, European energy companies and NGOs. Her consultancy assignments focus on the design, monitoring and evaluation of renewable, energy efficiency and climate change policies. Mirjam Harmelink is member of the organising committee European IEPEC conferences on monitoring and evaluation of policies and chaired the session on "Monitoring and evaluation" during the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ECEEE) Summer Study. 
Niels is a climate and energy expert, working at the European Commission's energy efficiency unit, DG Energy. In particular, he is working with consumption feedback to consumers via metering and billing and demand response.

Earlier he worked with policy and regulation to promote renewable energies and the environmental aspects of transport policy. From 2010 to 2014, he worked as a personal assistant to European Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard.
  
Elisabeth has worked at the Australian Treasury focussing on climate change policy, intergenerational equity, and debt policy, and at the United Nations Environment Programme and Centre for International Environmental Law in Washington D.C. She completed her postgraduate studies at Harvard Law School, where she focused on environmental regulation and negotiations, and water resources policy. The goal of the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) is to make public services more cost-effective and easier for citizens to use; and to improve outcomes by introducing a more realistic model of human behaviour to policy. The BIT is also highly empirical and makes extensive use of randomised control trials.

Of particular relevance to the CONSEED project, the Energy and Sustainability group at the Behavioural Insights Team (led by Elisabeth), have conduced randomised control trials relating to energy efficiency in the appliances sector and preliminary analyses in the property sector. The expertise of Elisabeth in the design and implementation of field experiments will be invaluable to this CONSEED project. 

LISA RYAN

The Energy Institute, University College Dublin, Ireland

PEDRO LINARES 

Comillas Pontifical University, Madrid, Spain

MASSIMO TAVONI

Department of Management, Politecnico di Milano and FEEM, Italy

Lisa is an expert energy economist with expertise in energy efficiency, renewable energy and climate change economics. She was the senior energy economist in the Energy Efficiency Unit at the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris until summer 2013 where she led projects relating to energy efficiency economics and finance, transport, and cross-sectoral policy.

She subsequently worked as an independent consultant in energy and environmental economics. She is on the board of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (the Irish national energy agency). She has published numerous journal articles and research reports in the areas of energy policy, economics, and energy efficiency and gives advice to national and international institutions such as the World Bank, the International Energy Agency and the Irish Government on energy policy.

Lisa also previously worked for Comhar, the national Sustainable Development Council as research director, as emissions engineer at Volkswagen AG in Germany, and as policy analyst at the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.
   
Pedro is Professor of Industrial Engineering at the ICAI School of Engineering, Comillas University; co-founder and director of Economics for Energy; researcher at the Institute for Technology Research (IIT) and the BP Chair on Energy and Sustainability, and Affiliate Researcher at MIT CEEPR. His research focuses on the relationship between energy, economics and environment, and specifically on sustainable energy, renewable energy, energy efficiency and environmental policy, and multicriteria methods applied to resource allocation. He has published about these issues in the major journals in the field.

Currently he serves as Vice-Rector for Research and International Affairs at Comillas Pontifical University. He has also been a consultant for several private and public firms and institutions in Spain, Europe and Latin America. He’s a member of INFORMS, AEEE-IAEE, AERNA-EAERE and the International Society on MCDM.
  
Massimo works with the Department of Management, Politecnico di Milano and deputy director of the Climate Change and Sustainable Development programme at Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM)), Italy.

He was awarded a starting grant from the European Research Council (ERC) in 2013 to study behaviour and interactions among individuals and their impact on energy efficiency and climate change mitigation (entitled COBHAM). The COBHAM project aims to increase the understanding of human behaviour in relation to the environment and in developing models to incorporate the heterogeneity and the complex dynamics of individual decision making.  It involves a range of experimental techniques (in the lab, on the web, on the field) as well as the development of computational modelling tools of individual behaviour and complex interactions.
  

TOBY PARK
(co-sharing with Elisabeth Costa)

Senior Advisor, at the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT), UK​​

With a multi-disciplinary background in engineering and social psychology, Toby joined the Behavioural Insights team in 2014. He currently leads the team's work in energy and sustainability, with a particular focus on energy-efficiency trial design and evaluation, adoption of energy-saving technology, and sustainable consumption. Working alongside the productivity, growth, consumers, and cities teams, Toby also works across housing policy, green growth and sustainable transport.
 
The Behvaioural Insights Team was the world's first government institution dedicated to the application of behavioural science and rigorous evaluation methods to policy challenges.