Carr, Nuala

Transitioning towards the social acceptability of Marine Renewable Energy in Ireland and Northern Ireland





School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering
Queen's University Belfast
Level 3
David Keir Building
Stranmillis Road
Belfast BT9 5AG
Northern Ireland



+44 (0)2890 974254


Current Research:

The potential for Ireland and Northern Ireland to become leaders in the field of Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) has long been highlighted in government documents. The experience of the onshore renewable energy sector highlights the fact that enhancing the social acceptability of MRE will play a major role in realising this potential. Social acceptability is understood as: community acceptance; market acceptance; and socio-political acceptance.

Using the emerging field of energy transition studies, this project will: a) examine the factors that impact on the acceptability of MRE in Ireland and Northern Ireland.; b) working with industry and government, the project will develop and test transition pathways which will enhance the acceptability of MRE; and c) develop social acceptability guidelines which can be implemented by industry and local government.

Supervisors: Dr Wesley Flannery, Professor Geraint Ellis, Dr John Doran & Dr Simon Stephens


Diploma in EIA/SEA Management, Pass, (Part time), University College Dublin, September 2004 - June 2005
Masters of Research, Pass, University of Ulster, Coleraine, September 1998 - June 1999
BSc (Hons) Biological Science (Applied Ecology), 2.1., University of Ulster, Coleraine, September 1994 - June 1998


The Bryden Centre, EU INTERREG VA Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB)

Work experience:

Senior Environmental Scientist, Jennings O’Donovan & Partners, Sligo. – July 2007 to November 2017
Environmental Consultant, ESB International, Dublin. – November 2001 to June 2007
Ecological Consultant, NATURA Environmental Consultants, Wicklow – July 2000 to October 2001


Member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management