John Tarpey began working at Ecologic Institute in January 2016 and currently works as an Junior Researcher with interests including water, energy policy and economics, renewable energy, and climate change. He is a native English speaker, is fluent in French and has a good knowledge of Spanish.
At Ecologic Institute, John Tarpey works on Fish Friendly Innovative Technologies for Hydropower (FIThydro), funded by the European Commission's Horizon 2020 programme. FIThydro aims to support decisions on commissioning and operating hydropower plants by use of existing and innovative technologies. He is also involved in supporting the European Commission in strengthening the implementation of the Water Framework Driective, specifically with regards to hydromorphological pressures and the definition of good ecological potential.
Previously, John worked at Ecologic Institute as a Transatlantic Fellow (January to October 2016); he was involved in Making Society an Active Participant in Water Adaptation to Global Change (BeWater), working with Tunisian case study partners on supporting a transition to stakeholder driven basin management. He was also involved in the Economics of Climate Change Adaptation in Europe (ECONADAPT), providing practical material on developments in adaptation economics to policy makers. In addition, he was involved with the Emerging Leaders in Environmental and Energy Policy Network (ELEEP).
Prior to joining Ecologic Institute, John Tarpey worked in project management for Strata Solar, a utility-scale solar power company in North Carolina. He was involved in cost and performance reporting, in addition to carrying out construction data analysis. He has also worked with the North Carolina Sierra Club as a legislative assistant, where he researched bills relating to energy efficiency standards and water quality. He previously held an internship at the United Nations Environment Programme working on the Environment and Security Initiative.
John Tarpey completed his Master's degree in Environmental Planning at the Technische Universität Berlin (Germany). He received his Bachelor's from Duke University in North Carolina, where he studied environmental science and public policy, with a focus on energy issues and environmental policy. During this time, he spent a semester at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, where he studied local urban development and political science.