Veryan Hann

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Veryan Hann

Veryan Hann

PhD candidate
School of Social Sciences

Social Sciences Building, Sandy Bay Campus

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Veryan Hann is a PhD researcher with the School of Social Sciences and a recipient of a Scholarship from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and UTAS to study a commonwealth funded Smart Grid pilot on Bruny Island, Tasmania.

Veryan was trained as a scientist and is now working towards an interdisciplinary approach of connecting threads between science and policy; especially to energy policy.  Veryan has worked in in industry and in consultancy; and is currently a Lead Country Contributor for Australia in the 2016 Global Status Report on Renewable Energy (GSR2016) for REN21 which is governed by the UN Environment Programme.

Veryan’s main PhD supervisor is Associate Professor Heather Lovell; with co-supervisors Associate Professor Kate Crowley, Dr. Phillipa Watson and Dr Andrew Harwood.

Career summary



Thesis title



Date of award

MA (Public Policy)

The Democratisation of Energy: Electricity Decentralisation and Energy Equity Policy Opportunities for Enhancing Democratisation in a Transforming Electricity Sector.

University of Tasmania



PGDip. Energy & Env.


Murdoch University





University of Tasmania





Tasmanian Polytechnic



BSc (Hons)

The Geochemistry and Textures

of the Grevillea Gossan, Northwest


University of Tasmania



Research Themes

Veryan’s research aligns to the University’s research themes of Environment, Resources and Sustainability and Data, Knowledge and Decisions. Her research interests include climate policy and energy policy implementation, and energy governance; sociotechnical innovation; sustainability; and the evolving energy utility and consumer relationship, which directly relates to the ARENA Smart Grid pilot which forms the basis of her PhD study.  Through the Smart Grid pilot PhD research, Veryan is working towards an understanding of how Smart Grids may be successfully implemented, thereby increasing electricity grid efficiency as well as increasing renewable energy integration and community benefits.

Research expertise:

  • Energy Policy (Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency)
  • Smart Grids
  • Smart Grid Policy Implementation and Governance

Current projects:

Veryan’s current PhD is based on a Smart Grid RD&D pilot study.  The research project is governed by ARENA and the Australia National University; with collaboration between project partners Sydney University, University of Tasmania, TasNetworks and Reposit Power.

More information on the project can be found here:

ARENA Smart Grid Pilot:

Website for Smart Grid Pilot participants (social science aspect):


Professional practice

Member of the Australian Institute of Energy (AIE); Country Contributor to REN21 (Paris); Committee Member of the IEEE Smart Grid Policy Technical Support Committee for 2016 [Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers] (New Jersey); Member of Golden Key International (Tasmanian Chapter).