Daire McCoy was an Assistant Professorial Research Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment from November 2016 until February 2022. His research in mainly empirical in nature and involves the use of randomised-controlled trials and analysis of secondary data to examine a range of issues related to de-carbonisation and the reduction of energy consumption. This work involves collaboration with industry and government. Current topics include longer term impacts of energy efficiency upgrades; technology adoption amongst households; fuel poverty; and policy design and evaluation.


Daire holds a PhD in Economics from Trinity College Dublin, a BSc in Statistics and a Master’s degree in Economics, both from University College Dublin. Prior to joining the LSE, Daire worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Economic and Social Research Institute in Dublin, Ireland. He has collaborated extensively with academics from other disciplines, industry, government and the charity sector. During his PhD he was a member of the SFI Sustainable Electrical Energy Systems (SEES) cluster, a collaboration between engineers, economists and mathematicians, with significant industry and government involvement. During his post-doc he was affiliated with the SFI Marine Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI) Centre, a cluster of key academic and industrial partners dedicated to solving the main scientific, technical and socio-economic challenges related to marine renewable energy.

Research Interests

  • Energy and Environmental Economics;
  • Energy Efficiency;
  • Applied Econometrics.


Research - 2022

This research uses a novel experiment to elicit the willingness to accept of 2,430 nationally representative UK households for smart meter installation. Randomized information treatments allow for assessment of the impact on adoption and willingness to accept of oft-cited market failures, namely imperfect information asymmetries and diffusion externalities Read more

Research - 2021

Research - 2020

This paper describes an experiment on a nationally representative sample of UK households that aimed to quantify resistance to smart meter adoption and test for the existence of commonly cited market failures that inhibit the adoption of energy-saving technologies. The authors measured if households would adopt a smart meter without financial compensation and, for those households unwilling to do so, the subsidy level that would be necessary to persuade them. Read more

Research - 2018

Research - 2017


Policy - 2021

Policy - 2019

Policy - 2018

Policy - 2017


Events - 2023

Events - 2018


News - 2019

News - 2017

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