Ray's underlying concern is how we can save energy and reduce climate-damaging greenhouse gas emissions without depriving poorer people of life’s basic necessities.
Dr Ray Galvin
Ray Galvin’s field of work is environmental science, with an interdisciplinary background in engineering, social sciences, policy studies, and more recently economics.
Ray’s research focuses on energy efficiency and renewable energy, particularly in buildings, transport and ICT.
He has recently been developing a new field of research on how we can reduce poverty while transitioning to low-carbon, climate-friendly economies.
His research brings together the influences of policy, technical design, consumer behaviour and social structure.
Ray does contract research and teaching for the University of Cambridge, UK and RWTH-Aachen University, Germany.
He also works as an expert evaluator for European Commission research projects.
Ray is an Associate Editor of the journal Energy Research and Social Science.
Fields of Activity
The transition to a clean energy future
How to pay for a just, sustainable energy transition
The role of renewable energy and how to phase it in
Overcoming political and corporate resistance to a clean energy future
The Green New Deal in the US
German, UK and EU-wide policy on energy and climate change
The European Green Deal and how it could be implemented
Energy and Buildings
Technical, economic and behavioural issues in reducing energy consumption in buildings
Rebound and prebound effects in home heating
German thermal retrofit policy
Photovoltaics and renewable energy
Transport and Energy
Energy consumption in cars, SUVs and trucks
The US auto-industry and its political power
Rebound effects and economic determinants of personal travel
Why we need social theory to understand energy transitions
Power and influence, who wields it, and how to deal with it
Understanding money: what it is, and how to utilise it for a clean, just future