Dr Benito Mignacca

Dr Benito Mignacca


Research Fellow in “Energy storage economics and finance” in the School of Civil Engineering. His research contributes to the investment appraisal of the Generation Integrated Energy Storage systems (GIES), a class of systems that blends electricity generation and storage. He is investigating the financing and contractual mechanisms of GIES systems to draft business and contractual models designed to make the investment in GIES feasible and maximise the likelihood of success of such projects. This is an EPSRC project is in collaboration with the Universities of Nottingham, Cambridge, and Birmingham.

Benito graduated from the University of Cassino (Italy), where he obtained his BEng in Industrial Engineering in 2013 (3-year programme) and his MSc in Management Engineering in 2016 (2-year programme) with the highest classification in the Italian ranking (i.e. 110/110 cum laude). He obtained his PhD at the University of Leeds (School of Civil Engineering) in 2021. During his PhD, he investigated the link between modularisation and circular economy in energy infrastructure, with a particular focus on Small Modular Reactors. His PhD was sponsored by the EPSRC. He also attracted further research funding from the Major Project Association (PhD Long-term Grant) and the School of Civil Engineering (PGR Travel Award).

In 2021, he received the School of Civil Engineering Postgraduate Research Award in recognition of his academic performance. He co-authored 10 peer-reviewed publications during his PhD: 5 journal articles, 3 conference papers, 1 book chapter, and 1 policy brief. He is the author of the most downloaded article in Progress in Nuclear Energy since September 2020. 

He is Sustainability Ambassador for the University of Leeds at the Major Project Association, and he is part of the Coordinated Research Project “Economic appraisal of Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) projects: Methodologies and applications, organised by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Research interests

  • Energy transition to Net Zero – Focus on economics, finance, low carbon infrastructure (in particular energy storage, nuclear power plants & Small Modular Reactors), circular economy, and energy policies.
  • Project management in large infrastructure – Focus on project and programme delivery model, modularity and modularisation in complex products and systems, innovation, social sustainability, and cognitive bias.
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  • Doctor in Philosophy - PhD - University of Leeds - School of Civil Engineering
  • MSc in Management Engineering (2-year programme)
  • BEng in Industrial Engineering (3-year programme)

Student education

  • He is responsible for the coursework of the module “Introduction to Project Management”.
  • He is supervising MSc student dissertations

Research groups and institutes

  • Cities, Infrastructure and Energy