Who We Are

Project Leadership Team

Dr Enrico Andreoli is a senior lecturer at the Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) of Swansea University, where he leads the ESRI’s carbon dioxide capture and utilisation research programme. He holds a PhD in Chemistry from Maynooth University (Ireland), a master’s degree in Science, Technology and Management from the University of Ferrara (Italy), and a master’s degree in Industrial Chemistry from the University of Padua (Italy). He was researcher at the Giulio Natta R&D Centre of LyondellBasell, and at the R&D laboratories of Tecres SPA. He was postdoctoral researcher in the Chemistry Department of Rice University (Texas), and in the Physics Department and Institute for NanoEnergy of the University of Houston (Texas). He is the recipient of the Giorgio Foschini Prize, XI Edition, from the Fondazione Carlo Erba, and was awarded a FÁS Science Challenge internship from the Irish National Training and Employment Authority. Enrico works for the future of clean, affordable, and sustainable energy.

Enrico has a broad expertise in materials development and application from both industry and academia. His main areas of research look at carbon capture and carbon dioxide utilisation. His research is focused on the understanding, development, and application of materials and processes for sustainable energy production and transmission, with a focus on carbon dioxide capture and utilisation, energy and natural resources sustainability. Specifically, his current research is focused on creating and understanding the properties of materials and systems for the sustainable use of resources in energy demanding processes. One example is the conversion of carbon dioxide to value-added products including chemicals and fuels. Within the wider scope of this research, he is also interested in understanding how energy research experts can have an impact in shaping energy policy.

Dr Andreoli is also involved in various engagement activities including the production of a short film for public engagement in materials and energy sustainability. He also organised and chaired the first Bay Campus Low Carbon Energy symposium focused on building new bridges among research, industry and public stakeholders.

Dr James Cronin is a lecturer in the Swansea University Medical School. He obtained his BSc in Microbiology from King’s College London and was awarded a PhD in chronic inflammation and cancer from Swansea University. He teaches immunity and medical genetics to undergraduate and master’s students and carries out research into chronic inflammatory diseases. His recent work has established how the activation of an important pathway for the resolution of inflammation can also be detrimental for fertility.

Dr Cronin has an interest in the fundamental molecular mechanisms of chronic inflammatory diseases. He is interested in the role cell signalling molecules, and their receptors, play in disease. In particular, he focuses on the aberrant cell signalling pathways that lead to chronic inflammatory diseases and resistance to chemotherapy in cancer. His main areas of expertise include immunology, microbiology, cell signalling, reproduction, oncology, inflammation and endocrinology. Dr Cronin works in collaboration with researchers from around the world, and coordinated a workshop in 2015 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on next generation sequencing applications to improve livestock welfare, food security and socioeconomic stability in Brazil.

Dr Dion Curry is a senior lecturer in politics and public policy and Marie Curie Fellow in the Department of Political and Cultural Studies at Swansea University. He received his PhD in Politics from the University of Sheffield in 2011 and previously studied at the University of Saskatchewan and Simon Fraser University in Canada, as well as Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. After his PhD, he worked in Vilnius, Lithuania, for the Public Policy and Management Institute as a consultant for the European Union on issues such as human rights, social policy and vocational education and training. He then worked from 2012-2014 as a research fellow at Erasmus University Rotterdam (Netherlands), looking at the future of the public sector in Europe as part of an EU FP7 project on Coordinating for Cohesion in the Public Sector of the Future (COCOPS). He has also worked with the Institute of Governance Studies (Simon Fraser University) and the Centre for Studies in Agriculture, Law and the Environment (University of Saskatchewan). He has been awarded funding from the European Union’s Marie Skłodowska Curie fellowship programme, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the British government’s Overseas Research Scholarship, among others.

Dion’s main areas of interest are multi-level governance, political legitimacy, European Union politics and policy, devolution and public sector reform. He has been published in journals including the European Journal of Social Policy, Political Studies Review, Parliamentary Affairs and Policy Studies, and has contributed chapters to books on governance and public administration and intra-EU migration policy. In addition, he has written numerous research reports, policy evaluations and editorials for various European and North American institutes and sources, and presented papers and invited lectures at conferences and universities in Canada and throughout Europe. His most recent book is entitled ‘Network Approaches to Multi-Level Governance: Understanding Power Between Levels’ and is currently available from Palgrave Macmillan.

Technical Advisors

Dr Alvin Orbaek White is a Senior Lecturer and Sêr Cymru II Fellow and at the Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI). His vision is to advance global energy sustainability through the development of more efficient and equitable methods of transporting electricity. To this end, he is building a research group and we are researching methods to produce and use carbon nanomaterials. While also building a community of researchers and stakeholders to engage this issue. Throughout his academic career, Dr. Orbaek White has worked to develop innovative methods to synthesise and characterise carbon nanomaterials. He completed his PhD at Rice University, USA, on the catalytic growth of single-walled carbon nanotubes. At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), he developed a novel technique resulting in the growth of SWCNTs with centimeter length scales; called ultra-long CNTs. Education and mentorship is also a priority. For instance, Dr. Orbaek White developed a teaching laboratory module for undergraduate chemistry students on plasmonic silver nanoparticles. He also raised funds through a program called Project SEED providing students from low-income households with a summer stipend and the opportunity to conduct chemistry research at Rice University. Alvin is an alumnus of the Welsh Crucible (2017) and the Digital Economy Crucible (2017).

Research Associates

Dr. Darren J. Edwards is a Senior Lecturer at Swansea University, College of Human and Health Science. He obtained his PhD at Swansea University in 2010 in the area of Psychology. Darren’s academic interests are broad, he is interested in psychological therapies such as acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), categorization models of mind, health psychology, models of pain, computer science, artificial intelligence (AI) such as within autonomous vehicles, and policy implementation around health factors and models of governance surrounding AI. Darren has worked with industry leaders in AI and automation manufacturers in a multidisciplinary context. Darren is also working closely with Assembly Members, advising Welsh Government on a rage of topics. Darren recently wrote a policy brief with colleague Dion Curry advising policy implementation around developing a rapid AI governance response system.


Martin Horton-Eddison is a Lecturer in International Relations at Cardiff University, having recently submitted his PhD at Swansea.  He is also research officer at the Global Drug Policy Observatory, and research assistant on the Impackt Project.  He previously  received a Masters with Distinction (International Relations) from the University of Hull, and Honours (International Politics) from Aberystwyth University. Martin has presented policy expertise to the Commission for Narcotic Drugs at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and to UK government officials.  His written impact includes a significant contribution to a major civil society UN shadow report, citations in the United Nations' World Drug Report, regular intelligence briefings for Janes' Intelligence, as well as extensive policy reports and situation analyses for the Global Drug Policy Observatory. Martin's core research interests are crypto-drug markets, global drug policy, crypto-currencies, blockchain, dark net, and international relations theory.  His role on the Impackt Project includes maintaining the policy toolkits, organising policy workshops, policy clinics, and website management.    

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