Sustainable Energy. Development. Resilience.

Category: Collaborators

Vice-Chancellor’s Annual Awards

Vice-Chancellor’s Awards Ceremony 2022. Photo by Loughborough University

The Centre for Sustainable Transitions: Energy, Environment and Resilience (STEER) was awarded a prestigious Loughborough University Vice-Chancellor’s Annual Award 2022 for international engagement and impact. I am very proud of the STEER team and our incredible network of partners working towards sustainable development. The award citation reads:

STEER hosts projects which between them have received over £90 million of investment from the Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office, Royal Academy of Engineering and others.

The Co-Directors of STEER, Professors Ed Brown and Mark Howells and Dr Long Seng To, are building in partnership with governments and third sector partners around the world, including the World Bank and the United Nations, leading edge research projects which are having a significant effect on the mitigation of climate change globally. Much of the research activity is embedded in lower- and middle-income countries and is a model of working in partnership with communities.

Read more about the Vice-Chancellor’s Annual Awards here.

Chair of Solar Subgroup for UN Expert Group on Resource Management


I am honoured to be appointed the Chair of the Solar Energy Subgroup of the UN’s Expert Group on Resource Management (EGRM). The Solar Subgroup developed the specifications for the application of the UN Framework Classification for Resources (UNFC) to solar energy which will accelerate the transition to sustainable energy. In 2021, we will focus on developing case studies to show the value of applying the specifications to solar energy projects.

Read more about my appointment and the work of the Solar Energy Subgroup here.

BJTU+ Team at Solar Decathlon China 2021

The Bag, Box, Building, Community (BBBC) concept

I am delighted to be part of the team advising the BJTU+ Team at Beijing Jiaotong University who have been selected to enter the 2021 Solar Decathlon China competition.

Solar Decathlon China aims to create a workforce development and education program which can provide student architects, engineers, business majors, and communicators the opportunity to cooperate in designing and building sustainable housing projects that can respond to people’s daily realities and regional development.

The BJTU+ Team will design and build a novel transitional housing solution to provide energy and shelter during and after disasters. The Bag, Box, Building, Community (BBBC) modular design will address the shelter and energy needs of first responders, as well as long-term resilience of the community. My input will help them to consider community energy resilience and modern energy cooking services in their design.

Read more about the BJTU+ Team here.

New summer research student: Kaitlyn Law

I am delighted to be supervising Kaitlyn Law from McGill University as a Summer Research Student with the Low Carbon Energy for Development Network from July to August 2019.

Read Kaitlyn’s blog post about her work me on community energy resilience here.

New summer research student: Harry Jia

Harry JiaEd Brown and I are delighted to be supervising Harry Jia over the next 10 weeks. He is joining the Low Carbon Energy for Development Network as a Summer Research Student (funded through an EPSRC Vacation Research Bursary).

Read Harry’s introductory blog post here.

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