Deputy Director, Melbourne Energy Institute, University of Melbourne

Dr Roger Dargaville is the Deputy Director of the Melbourne Energy Institute. He is an expert in energy systems and climate change. Roger specialises in large-scale energy system transition optimisation, and novel energy storage technologies such as seawater pumped hydro and liquid air energy storage. He has conducted research in global carbon cycle science, simulating the emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel and exchanges between the atmosphere, land and oceans as well as stratospheric ozone depletion.

Roger leads a research group of PhD and Masters students working on a diverse range of energy related topics including disruptive business models, EROI, transmission systems, bioenergy, wave energy and high penetration rooftop photovoltaics systems. He coordinates the subjects Renewable Energy and Climate Modelling as part of the University of Melbourne’s Master of Energy Systems degree.

Roger completed his undergraduate and PhD at the University of Melbourne, as well as a Graduate Certificate in University Teaching. He has worked at Monash University, the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (USA) and at the Centre nationale de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) at UNESCO and the International Energy Agency.


  • 2008–present
    Research Fellow, School of Earth Sciences and the Melbourne Energy Institute, University of Melbourne
  • 2007–2008
    Energy Analyst, International Energy Agency, Paris, France
  • 2005–2007
    Consultant, UNESCO
  • 2002–2005
    Visiting Scientist, CNRS/CEA, France
  • 2000–2002
    Postdoctoral Fellow, National Center for Atmospheric Research, USA


  • 2000 
    University of Melbourne, PhD
  • 1992 
    University of Melbourne, BSc (Hons)

Research Areas

  • Environmental Chemistry (Incl. Atmospheric Chemistry) (039901)
  • Climatology (Excl. Climate Change Processes) (040105)
  • Renewable Power And Energy Systems Engineering (Excl. Solar Cells) (090608)