Project Team


Managing Team University College London (UCL), UK


University College London

Anna Gorbatcheva is a doctoral researcher at University College London (UCL). Anna's research interests include the design and operation of local energy markets and user-centric energy models. Her research focuses on scalability challenges of P2P energy trading systems and their implications for large-scale implementation. Anna spent her four month secondment in Medellin, Colombia, working on practical implementation challenges of P2P energy trading pilots.

Together with her team at UCL, Anna leads the work of the Global Observatory on Peer-to-Peer Energy Trading (GO-P2P). She has contributed to the work of the joint Energy Trading Taskforce between GO-P2P and the International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications (INATBA). Anna holds a BEng in Engineering with Business Studies and an MSc in Engineering with Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

University College London

David Shipworth is Professor of Energy and the Built Environment at the UCL Energy Institute and Chair of the User-Centred Energy SystemsTechnology Collaboration Programme by the International Energy Agency. His research focuses on ways to provide demand flexibility within the energy system and roles of consumers, regulators, and buildings in delivering these. He has a particular interest in local energy trading, time of use tariffs, and home energy management systems and the role of distributed ledgers. He speaks and consults widely in the UK and internationally on local energy trading - particularly on the design, conduct and evaluation of field trials for testing the consumer acceptability and response to different flexibility product offerings. He has been a consultant and advisor to the UK government and industry on smart metering over the last 15 years having done work for BEIS, SEGB, ETI, ESC, EdF, E.ON, SSE, UKPN, Bosch, PassivSystems, and other organizations focused on the role of users in the energy system. He is currently an investigator on around £20M in research grants in the Demand Side Management area including leading the synthesis workstream in the UK’s largest research programme on Smart Local Energy Systems.

University College London

Nicole is part of the UCL team leading the Global Observatory on Peer-to-Peer Energy Trading and has a PhD in Energy and Policy. Her research examined the changing relationship between consumers and the energy market as we transition to a more decentralised and smarter system, focusing on the impact and significance of allowing consumers to have multiple electricity suppliers. She has also contributed to work investigating changes in energy demand during the first covid-19 lockdown and improving research practices in the energy field. Nicole has previously worked as a Senior Researcher in Energy Policy at the House of Commons Library, and is currently working in the Strategy and Policy Directorate at National Grid Electricity System Operator.

University College London

Eun Jin is a doctoral researcher at the Energy Institute of University College London (UCL) and a member of the UCL team leading the Global Observatory on Peer-to-Peer Energy Trading (GO-P2P). Her PhD research derives consumer and prosumer preferences for different types of electricity supply models and explores potential transition pathways to prosumer-integrated electricity markets, with a focus on the UK and South Korea.

Eun Jin also serves as a Net Zero Correspondent for the British Embassy Seoul, contributing to the knowledge exchange between the two countries in the context of electricity market transitions. Prior to her postgraduate studies, she gained experience in the nuclear power sector in the United Arab Emirates, where she developed her interest in sustainable energy policy and technology. She holds an MPhil in environmental policy from the University of Cambridge and a BA in economics from Seoul National University.

Subtask Leads


Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU), Switzerland

Dr Yousra Sidqi is a Senior Researcher at HSLU. She holds an MSc in systems theory (2016) and a PhD in electrical engineering (2019) from the University of Grenoble Alps. Prior to joining HSLU, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland (2019-2021), focusing on power system flexibility. Her research interests include power system modelling and control, local energy communities, and participatory engagement methods. Yousra has explored fractal approaches to grid analysis and received the 2020 Think Smartgrids award. She promotes gender diversity in engineering as chair of the Swiss chapter of IEEE PES Women in Power and as a member of the SATW SwissTecLadies network. Yousra is part of the InnoSuisse Energy Lab ecosystem, leading initiatives to increase inclusivity and address energy transition issues.

International Energy Research Centre, Ireland

Brian is the head of the Energy Informatics Group (EIG), dedicated to advancing the digital transformation of the energy sector. He recently served as the Principal Investigator (PI) of the Cooperative Energy Trading System (CENTS) project, funded under the Irish Government's Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund (DTIF). This project focused on establishing a trading mechanism for electricity generated from renewable energy sources. He also played a pivotal role as the Work Package (WP) Lead in the DTIF-funded TRIDENT project, which is innovating a Grid-Ready, Sustainable Sodium-Ion Smart battery for Stationary storage applications.

Previously, Brian served as the IERC PI for the BIM4EEB H2020 project, aimed at developing a Building Information Model (BIM) toolkit to enhance the efficiency of building renovations. His expertise also extended to a leadership role in the IEA DSM TCP Global Observatory on Peer-to-Peer, Community Self-Consumption & Transactive Energy Models.

Currently, Brian holds a strategic position as a Strategy Board Member of SEEBlocks and is deeply involved in the ERANet GeoCoHorT project as the IERC PI developing a DLT enabled shallow geothermal heat trading and behavioral analysis.

His contributions extend to several technical committees, including the NSAI/TC 002/SC 16 focused on Blockchain and electronic distributed ledger technologies, the IEEE P2418.5 Energy Blockchain Working Group, and he is a part of the Energy Cork Steering Group. Brian is also a member of the UNECE Energy Efficiency Expert Group and the UNECE Task Force on Industrial Energy Efficiency.

Brian's research interests span Smart Grids, Building Energy Performance, Building Information Modelling (BIM), Blockchain, and AI/ML, showcasing his dedication to integrating cutting-edge technologies for energy sector advancement.

University of Colorado Denver, United States

Lynne Kiesling is an economist focusing on regulation, market design, and the economics of digitization and smart grid technologies in the electricity industry. She is Director of the Institute for Regulatory Law & Economics in the Center on Law, Business, and Economics, and is an Adjunct Professor in the Master of Science in Energy and Sustainability program, both at Northwestern University. She is also a Research Professor at University of Colorado Denver, a member of the External Faculty of the Santa Fe Institute, and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

In addition to her academic research, she is currently a member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee, has served as a member of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Smart Grid Advisory Committee, and is an emerita member of the GridWise Architecture Council. Her academic background includes a B.S. in Economics from Miami University (Ohio) and a Ph.D. in Economics from Northwestern University. Outside of work, Lynne rides her bikes, skis downhill and Nordic, knits, and reads a lot of books.

University of Bristol, United Kingdom

Dr Ruzanna Chitchyan is an Associate Professor in Computer Science and EPSRC Research Fellow on Living with Environmental Change. She researches digital solutions that support energy transitions considering both human-computer interactions, digitally supported behaviour change, platforms for peer to peer trading, digital energy services design, and skills needed for engaging with energy transitions.

This seeming variety of research interests stems from Ruzanna’s background in both Computer Science (with a PhD in Software Engineering and Postgraduate Diploma in Computing for Commerce and Industry) and Economics (with MA in Economics and BA in International Economic Relationships). Her research has often connected these two disciplines, as is the case of work within Go P2P with focus on business models underpinned with digital solutions.

Ruzanna is also a co-director of Bristol Energy Network - a community benefit organisation working with energy transitions, as well as an Associate Researcher at the Institute of Technology and Software Engineering of the University of Málaga, Spain.

Western Sydney University, Australia

Dr Declan Kuch is a Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow. Declan is a sociologist of knowledge and emerging technologies. His research spans the social dimensions of the climate and energy transition, automation and the life sciences. His current projects are: (1) The social license dimensions of energy technologies. This projects centres on collaborations through the International Energy Agency's User-Centred Energy Systems Technology Collaboration Program examining demand-side management technologies for households and energy communities. (2) Social dimensions of technology ethics. A collaborative project that has culminated in the co-edited volume, ‘Economies of Virtue’ through INC Press (2022). (3) Knowledge, Creativity and Democracy. The Lively Labs pilot project has brought humanities, design and social science students in contact with leading STEM researchers to produce creative artefacts.

Dr Kuch has published widely on topics related to climate change policy, energy and science policy, including ‘The Rise and Fall of Carbon Emissions Trading’ (2015, Palgrave McMillan’s Energy and Environment Series edited by David Elliot). He has also consulted to the Australian Council of Learned Academies on public engagement with science and technology.

Delft University of Technology, (TU Delft)

Abhigyan Singh is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. His trans-disciplinary research explores the mutual convergence of design, anthropology, and energy studies.

Academic Background: Abhigyan Singh is an Assistant Professor at the Human-Centered Design department of TU Delft’s Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. With a background in new media design, anthropology, and IT engineering, his research examines emergent and future energy systems and services. His research makes theoretical, conceptual, and methodological contributions to the fields of design anthropology and energy studies.

His research has been supported by various awards and grants, such as the WWNA Apply Award (2021) by the European Association of Social Anthropologists’ Applied Anthropology Network, Delft Design for Values (DDfV) Subsidy (2019), Design United’s Demonstrator Grant (2017), and Delft Global Seed Fund (2017). His design research has been exhibited at diverse venues such as Dutch Design Week (2017) and CUMULUS 20th Anniversary Exhibition (‘Young Creators for Better City & Better Life’) in Shanghai, China (2010).

Before entering academia, he used to work as a User-Interface Designer at Infosys Technologies Limited in India. As part of his professional designer role, he has worked on the various user experience design aspects of IT applications for multinational clients such as Bank of America, Kmart & Sears (USA), ABN-AMRO Bank, BNSF Railways (USA), and Pfizer.

NOVA School of Law, Portugal

Lucila de Almeida is the Abreu Chair of ESG Impact and Coordinator of the NOVA Green Lab at NOVA School of Law. She is Part-time Assistant Professor at the European University Institute and Wageningen University & Research, co-Director of the Regulatory Delivery Programme and a member of the Coordination Committee at the Florence School of Regulation, Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies. Her fields of research are energy, environmental and climate law. She holds a PhD in European Law from the European University Institute, an LL.M in Comparative, European and International Law from the European University Institute, a Master in Law and Development from FGV São Paulo, and a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte.

Before joining the faculty, Lucila was a tenured Assistant Professor at Wageningen University & Research (2020-2022), an Edmond J. Safra Research fellow at the Center for Ethics at the Tel Aviv University (2019-2020), a Postdoctoral researcher at the faculty of law, University of Helsinki (2017-2019), a Research Associate at the Law Department of the European University Institute (2013-2016), and a visiting scholar at the Dipartimento di scienze politiche, giuridiche e studi internazionali, Università Degli Studio di Padova (summer 2019), and Louvain Global College Law, UCLouvain (summer 2018).

Lucila has worked on various projects as a researcher and consultant funded by prestigious organizations, among them the International Energy Agency (2019-2023), Berlin Economics (2020), the Academy of Finland (2017-2018), European Research Council (2013-2016), and Inter-American Development Bank (2011). Her work to date has resulted in numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals, such as Yearbook of European Law (Oxford Journal), Transnational Environmental Law (Cambridge Journal), Energy Policy (Elsevier), among others, and books published with Hart Publishing, Edward Elgar and Springer.

Besides publications, she has been the managing editor of the European Journal of Legal Studies (EJLS) and assistant editor of two Oxford Journals (EJIL and I.CON).

European University Institute/Florence School of Regulation, Italy

Nicolò has a degree in International Relations and a Ph.D. in Economics, Law and Institutions from the University of Pavia (Italy). He has almost ten years of experience in the energy sector, acquired both within and outside the academia (e.g., World Bank and ISPI).

Since he joined the Florence School of Regulation in September 2016, he has worked on electricity-related topics like the development of a seamless market for power in Europe and the emergence of new business models in a digitalised and decarbonised electricity system.