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Senior Research Associate, Renewable Energy & Energy Systems Analyst, UNSW Sydney

Dr Dylan McConnell is renewable energy & energy systems analyst at the UNSW Sydney. He has extensive experience in analysing the electricity sector in Australia. Dylan’s work is focused on electricity infrastructure and governance, and the energy transition in liberalised electricity markets. He also specialises in operations research and the optimisation of electricity systems. His work is interdisciplinary and has been published in forums including the Journal of Energy Policy, the Journal of Applied Energy, the Electricity Journal, and the Journal of Environmental Sociology. His work can also be found on The Conversation.


  • 2022–present
    Senior research associate, UNSW Sydney
  • 2019–2022
    Research fellow, Unverisity of Melbourne
  • 2013–2020
    PhD Researcher, University of Melbourne
  • 2011–2016
    Research Fellow, University of Melbourne


  • 2020 
    University of Melbourne, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2009 
    University of Melbourne, Bachelor Engineering (Chemical)
  • 2009 
    University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Science (Chemistry)


  • 2022
    The Decarbonisation of Electricity, The Superpower Transformation: Building Australia's Zero-Carbon Future
  • 2020
    Impacts of LNG Export and Market Power on Australian Electricity Market Dynamics, 2016–2019, Current Sustainable/Renewable Energy Reports
  • 2016
    Environmental norms and electricity supply: an analysis of normative change and household solar PV in Australia, Environmental Sociology
  • 2015
    Five Years of Declining Annual Consumption of Grid-Supplied Electricity in Eastern Australia: Causes and Consequences, The Electricity Journal
  • 2015
    Estimating the value of electricity storage in an energy-only wholesale market, Applied Energy
  • 2013
    Retrospective modeling of the merit-order effect on wholesale electricity prices from distributed photovoltaic generation in the Australian National Electricity Market, Journal of Energy Policy

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Institute of Energy
  • Australian Photovoltaic Institute
  • Smart Energy Council

Research Areas

  • Power And Energy Systems Engineering (Excl. Renewable Power) (090607)
  • Renewable Power And Energy Systems Engineering (Excl. Solar Cells) (090608)
  • Industry Economics And Industrial Organisation (140209)
  • Operations Research (010206)