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TRiSS Hosted Projects and Initiatives

A number of projects and initiatives are hosted at TRiSS:

CONSumer Energy Efficiency Decision making (CONSEED)

According to the Commission's calculations, European consumers can save about €100 billion annually – about €465 per household – on their energy bills by 2020 if they buy more efficient appliances. However, consumers do not always buy the products that would give them the largest energy savings over time. CONSEED wants to understand what explains this "energy efficiency gap".

CONSEED addresses these issues through the use of randomised controlled field trials, discrete choice experiments and focus groups in Ireland, Norway, Spain, Greece and Slovenia.

Trinity College Dublin is the overall project lead with responsibility for WP6 - Policy and WP8 - Management. TRiSS Director, Professor Eleanor Denny, coordinates the project and all project staff are based in TRiSS.


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    Paddi Leinster has 12 years project management experience with a background in academic research projects, funding proposals, report writing, budgeting and administration of grants totalling over €10M, event management, presentations, consortium relationship building, and programme development.

    In CONSEED, Paddi has responsibility for project managing the CONSEED project and consortium of partners, interactions with the EU Commission and manage EU administrative requirements; manage the project deliverables and milestones; and development of the project website and collaboration space.

    She holds a Master degree in Arts Policy and Practice, a postgraduate Higher Diploma in Business and Human Resource Management, and a BA in Design for Multimedia.

    Paddi is also a PMP and PRINCE2 certified project manager. She is based at Trinity College Dublin and also works as Research Project Officer for EU ERC project, GEOFIN.

Nudging Energy Efficient Purchasing Decisions (NEEPD)

The Nudging Energy Efficient Purchasing Decisions (NEEPD) Project in the Department of Economics .

Funded by the Irish Research Council, NEEPD is a research project in the field of behavioural economics led by Professors Eleanor Denny and Declan O'Sullivan of Trinity College Dublin. The project seeks to advance the understanding of consumer decisions in relation to household appliances and how these decisions can be 'nudged' in such a way that would minimise the total costs of consumers' energy-consuming investments and thus help close the Energy Efficiency Gap.

Natasha Browne is the Lead Research Assistant on the NEEPD project and is based at TRiSS. Photo of Natasha

    Natasha Browne

    Natasha Browne holds a MSc in Economics from Trinity College Dublin and is a qualified journalist. Natasha was previously a senior correspondent reporting on the UK pensions industry from London. Over the course of her career, she has been shortlisted for Journalist of the Year 2014 at Incisive Media and won the award for Content Writer of the Year 2012 at Axonn Media.

    For NEEPD, Natasha manages a team of research assistants and undertakes field work and data analysis. Contact Natasha for more information on the project

Prisons: the Rule of Law, Accountability and Rights (PRILA)

Prisons: the rule of law, accountability and rights (PRILA) is a research project funded by the European Research Council, grant agreement 679362. The Principal Investigator is Dr Mary Rogan, School of Law, the University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland. The project commenced on April 1 2016 and will run until March 30 2021.

Aims of the project (PRILA):

  1. To find out whether accountability is a distinctive norm of the European legal system in the field of prisons;
  2. To engage in comparative legal analysis on the topic of accountability in prisons by exploring European law and that of the United States and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights;<.o2>
  3. To find out how accountability is experienced by prisoners, prison staff and staff of bodies such as Ombudsmen, inspectors, and bodies which deal with complaints;
  4. To create a typology of accountability bodies in European prison systems, and examine the relationship between the presence of such bodies and other indicators of prison regimes.

The PRILA project will be organising conferences and seminars on its work, as well as developing briefing papers for policymakers and people affected by accountability, inspection and oversight of prisons.

PRILA is based in TRiSS.

The PRILA Team

Trinity International Development Initiative (TIDI)

The Trinity International Development Initiative (TIDI) was established by researchers at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) in 2007 to maximise the university's contribution to understanding and addressing the major global development challenges of our time through research, teaching and outreach activities.

A vibrant outreach programme raises awareness among the wider community of development issues and of TCD's role in addressing these global development challenges. TIDI is now regarded as the hub of international development in Trinity College Dublin.

For additional information please contact:

TIDI Coordinator, Dr Mairéad Finn, is based in TRiSS.

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    Mairéad Finn

    Dr Mairéad Finn joined as Coordinator of the Trinity International Development Initiative in July 2016. She holds a PhD and BA in Sociology and Social Policy from Trinity College Dublin, and an M.Econ.Sc in European Public Affairs from UCD. Her PhD research was a semi-ethnographic study of migration to rural Ireland, focusing on immigrants' lives and experiences within the housing system in 'new immigrant gateways', or non0urban areas.

    Prior to joining TIDI, Mairéad worked as a researcher on projects related to migration, youth and international students. She has published on these topics and also lectures part-time on the Sociology of European Societies. Mairéad has also worked as an English Language teacher on the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme.