Veryan Hann

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Veryan Patterson Hann

University Research Associate (Renewable Energy Policy)
School of Social Sciences

Room 484 , Social Sciences Building

+61 3 6226 2331 (phone)

Dr Veryan Patterson Hann is a University Research Associate (2020-2023) with research interests in renewable energy policy at the School of Social Sciences, in the College of Arts, Law and Education. Areas of policy research interest include energy equity and consumers, virtual power plants, IoT and distributed renewable energy.


Alongside the honorary role at the University of Tasmania, Veryan is a policy analyst in renewable energy policy at Renewables, Climate, Future Industries Tasmania, with the Tasmanian Government.

Veryan is regularly invited to review research papers and has reviewed for the following journals: Applied Sciences, Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, Energies, Businesses, Administrative Sciences, and Sustainability. She is also on the Review Board of the journal Sustainability. Prior to her current work in government, Veryan was a doctoral candidate (2016-2019) with the School of Social Sciences and a recipient of a scholarship from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the commonwealth government to study a smart grid pilot on Bruny Island, Tasmania (CONSORT: 2016-2019). Veryan submitted her thesis in December 2019 and was awarded her PhD in 2020.

Prior to this, Veryan worked in industry (notably BHP) and was a geologist before undertaking postgraduate courses in climate science and policy, and later, energy policy. Veryan brings a depth of understanding and experience of industry, science and technology policy to the complex issues of renewable energy policy.

Dr Patterson Hann has also worked in consultancy; and has contributed as a Lead Country Contributor for Australia between 2016-2021 on the Global Status Report on Renewable Energy for REN21 which is governed by the UN Environment Programme.

Career summary


  • PhD, University of Tasmania, Australia, 2020. Thesis: An Australian smart grid pilot: Governance, implementation, and the utility-prosumer interaction
  • MPP, University of Tasmania, Australia, 2015. Thesis: The Democratisation of Energy: Electricity Decentralisation and Energy Equity Policy Opportunities for Enhancing Democratisation in a Transforming Electricity Sector.
  • PGDip. Energy & Env (Sustainability), Murdoch University, Australia, 2014.
  • BSc (Hons), University of Tasmania, Australia, 1999. Thesis: The Geochemistry and Textures of the Grevillea Gossan, Northwest Queensland.


Professional practice

  • Member of the Australian Institute of Energy.
  • Country Contributor to REN21 (Renewables Global Status Report) 2016-2021.
  • Member of the Review Board for Sustainability (Journal).


Teaching expertise

Presented seminars and graded Masters’ assessments in the following units (2017-2019): Policy Development; Policy Implementation & Evaluation; and Challenges to Governance

Research Invitations

  • Invited to the Energy Consumers Australia Foresighting Forum 2019 as a PhD/ERC Consumer Advocate, Sydney.
  • Invited to the International Sustainable Transitions conference (IST2019), 2019, Ottawa, Canada.
  • Invited to the 4th International Conference on Public Policy (ICPP4), 2019, Montreal, Canada.
  • Presented on a panel at Australian Utility Week, Melbourne, 2018.
  • Presented a research paper at the international 4S conference, Sydney, 2018.
  • Invited to the British Institute of Energy Economics conference ‘Consumers at the Heart of the Energy System?’ at the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford, 2018.
  • Presented PhD research to NCCARF, UNSW, Sydney 2017.

View more on Dr Veryan Hann in WARP


  1. As energy systems continue to undergo structural transformation, the path to transition can be ad-hoc and inequitable; or have greater potential to be governed in an equitable, deliberative way — with consumers as central agents. Veryan’s doctoral research focused on the governance of the energy system transition to greater distributed energy resources. Veryan’s policy recommendations for implementation and equitably managing energy consumers, are applicable for network utilities and governments alike. Her ideas, particularly on consumer management, energy equity and digital inclusion are being employed in a practical and impactful manner by the Tasmania Government (2021-2022).

  • Consumers, implementation and governance of Virtual Power Plants (VPP) and the Internet of Energy (IoE)
  • Energy equity and digital exclusion (energy)
  • Electricity utilities and managing consumers in a two-sided market
  • New energy skills and new workforce requirements for a future energy system
  • Residential energy management systems, smart batteries and distributed energy resources
  • Sociological change and the electricity sector

Current projects

Policy analysis and research into energy equity with the Tasmanian Government, which includes work on the growing issue of digital exclusion in the energy sector.

Fields of Research

  • Research, science and technology policy (440710)
  • Public policy (440709)
  • Public administration (440708)

Research Objectives

  • Technological and organisational innovation (150306)
  • Technological ethics (130305)
  • Battery storage (170301)


Patterson-Hann, V & Watson, P (2021) ‘The precursors of acceptance for a prosumer-led transition to a future smart grid’. Technology Analysis & Strategic Management,

Hann, V (2020). 'Transition to decentralised electricity storage: The complexities of consumer decision-making and cost-benefit analyses' Energy Policy. Volume 147, December 2020,

Ransan-Cooper, H., Watson, P., Lovell, H., Hann, V., & Harwood, A. (2020) ‘Frustration, confusion and excitement: mixed householder emotional responses to new solar-battery systems in Australia.’ Energy Research & Social Science, vol. 70, pp. 1-10

Watson, P., Lovell, H., Ransan-Cooper, H., Hann, V., & Harwood, A. (2019). ARENA CONSORT Project Final Report: Social Science. ARENA.

Global Status Report for Renewable Energy, REN21 Lead Country Contributor (Australia) GSR 2016-2021

Special report 1.5 Degrees (WG1) – 2018 Expert reviewer

Crowley, K., Hann, V., & Nakamura, A. (2018) 'Designing a Community Renewable Energy (CRE) Strategy', Journal of Environmental Management, 54, (11) pp. 67-71. ISSN 1340-2552 [Japanese].

Hann, V. (2018). ‘Consumers Drive Technological Change Within Energy System Transitions’ IEEE Future Directions, Technology Policy & Ethics

Ransan-Cooper, H., Chapman, A., Scott, P., & Hann, V. (2018). ‘Tesla’s ‘virtual power plant’ might be second-best to real people power.’ The Conversation, 19 Feb 2018,

Lovell, H., Hann, V., & Watson, P. (2017). ‘Rural laboratories and experiment at the fringes: A case study of a smart grid on Bruny Island, Australia.’ Energy Research and Social Science, Oct 2017,

Total publications


Journal Article

(4 outputs)
2021Patterson-Hann V, Watson P, 'The precursors of acceptance for a prosumer-led transition to a future smart grid', Technology Analysis and Strategic Management pp. 1-15. ISSN 0953-7325 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/09537325.2021.1896698 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Watson P


2020Hann V, 'Transition to decentralised electricity storage: the complexities of consumer decision-making and cost-benefit analyses', Energy Policy, 147 Article 111824. ISSN 0301-4215 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2020.111824 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3


2020Ransan-Cooper H, Lovell HC, Watson P, Harwood A, Hann V, 'Frustration, confusion and excitement: mixed emotional responses to new household solar-battery systems in Australia', Energy Research and Social Science, 70 Article 101656. ISSN 2214-6296 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2020.101656 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 20Web of Science - 19

Co-authors: Lovell HC; Watson P; Harwood A


2018Lovell H, Hann V, Watson P, 'Rural laboratories and experiment at the fringes: case study of a smart grid on Bruny Island, Australia', Energy Research & Social Science, 36 pp. 146-155. ISSN 2214-6296 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2017.09.031 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 17Web of Science - 14

Co-authors: Lovell H; Watson P


Other Public Output

(3 outputs)
2020Abdussamie N, Ascui F, Byrne J, Eccleston R, Forster C, et al., 'Tasmania's Renewable Energy Future - Submission to the Draft Tasmanian Renewable Energy Action Plan to the Tasmanian State Government', Tasmanian Policy Exchange, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 1-85. (2020) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Abdussamie N; Ascui F; Byrne J; Eccleston R; Forster C; Franklin E; Fyfe M; Gale F; Gales O; Garaniya V; Harrison M; Hemer M; Hyslop S; Lovell H; MacFarlane G; Nader J-R; Parr B; Penesis I; Peterson C; Smith M; Stratford E; Watson P; White MW

2019Thiebaux S, Chapman A, Franklin E, Fraser A, Gordon D, et al., 'CONSORT Bruny Island Battery Trial: Project Final Report - Project Results and Lessons Learnt', Australian National University, The University of Sydney, University of Tasmania, Reposit Power and TasNetworks, Hobart, Tasmania (2019) [Government or Industry Research]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Franklin E; Harwood A; Lovell H; Watson P

2019Watson P, Lovell H, Ransan-Cooper H, Hann V, Harwood A, 'CONSORT Bruny Island Battery Trial: Project Final Report - Social Science', Australian National University, The University of Sydney, University of Tasmania, Reposit Power and TasNetworks, Hobart, Tasmania, April (2019) [Government or Industry Research]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Watson P; Lovell H; Harwood A