Ciara is Senior Research Manager for the Energy Systems Integration Partnership Programme (ESIPP) which commenced in November 2015. The focus of this research is on the integration of Energy Systems, such as electricity and gas, along with other infrastructures including data, transport and water. As Energy Systems evolve they are becoming increasingly integrated. This research seeks to provide an understanding of the interactions and to identify ways to optimise these systems and energy use. In this role, Ciara builds on her experience in research management with the Electricity Research Centre since 2008, and her background in engineering and research (BE, UCD, 2001; PhD, UCD, 2007), and the strategic perspectives developed undertaking an Executive MBA (UCD Smurfit, 2011).