Key topics:  sustainable energy engineering; climate and energy policy; international development; community resilience

Country experience: Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritius, Nepal, Nicaragua, Uganda, United Kingdom


  • 2015: PhD, Photovoltaic Engineering/ Humanities & Languages, University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia
  • 2005: BEng /BA, Photovoltaic Engineering/ History & Philosophy of Science, University of New South Wales, Australia

Academic Experience

  • 2021 – present: Co-Director, Centre for Sustainable Transitions: Energy, Environment & Resilience (STEER), Loughborough University, UK
  • 2018 – present: RAEng Engineering for Development Research Fellow & Lecturer in Resilient Energy Systems, Geography & Environment, School of Social Sciences & Humanities, Loughborough University, UK
  • 2017 – present: Honorary Lecturer, Dept. of Science, Technology, Engineering & Public Policy (STEaPP), University College London (UCL), UK
  • 2017 – 2018: Research Associate, Low Carbon Energy for Development Network, Geography & Environment, School of Social Sciences & Humanities, Loughborough University, UK
  • 2015 – 2017: Research Fellow, Dept. of Science, Technology, Engineering & Public Policy, University College London, UK
  • 2015 – 2019: Visiting Researcher, Centre for Environment & Sustainability, University of Surrey, UK
  • 2014 – 2015: Research Fellow, Centre for Environment & Sustainability, University of Surrey, UK
  • 2007 – 2012: Associate Lecturer & Course Tutor, School of Photovoltaic & Renewable Energy Engineering, University of New South Wales, Australia

Professional Experience

  • 2021 – present: Chair, Solar Subgroup, UN Expert Group on Resource Management, UN Economic Commission for Europe (member since 2018)
  • 2021 – present: Advisory Board, Centre for Postdoctoral Development in Infrastructure, Cities and Energy (C-DICE)
  • 2018 – present: Management Committee, Low Carbon Energy for Development Network (LCEDN)
  • 2017 – 2019: Editor, LCEDN Briefing Paper Series
  • 2015 – 2017: Trustee, Engineers Without Borders UK
  • 2009: Renewable Energy Engineer, Integrated Development Services, Nepal
  • 2007: Consultant (sustainable energy policy), Energy Strategies, Australia
  • 2006: Conference and Workshop Facilitator, Initiatives of Change
  • 2005: Consultant (energy efficiency policy), Mark Ellis & Associates, Australia

Fellowships, Scholarships & Awards

  • 2018 – 2023: Engineering for Development Research Fellowship, Royal Academy of Engineering (£588k)
  • 2017: Achievement Award for outstanding research performance, Loughborough University
  • 2010: Climate: Science + Humanities Symposium Travel Award, Harvard University & Group of Eight (AUD$3k)
  • 2009:  Joan Waugh Scholarship, Tara School (AUD$5k)
  • 2007-2011: Australian Postgraduate Award (full PhD scholarship), Australian Department of Education, Science and Training (AUD$68k)
  • 2007-2011: Faculty of Engineering Research Scholarship, UNSW (AUD$28k)


Other Projects

  • 2017-2018: Research Associate, Partnerships for Skills Development to support DFID’s Transforming Energy Access initiative across South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa (£2 mil funded by DFID)
  • 2014-2017: Research Fellow, Agro-Industries and Clean Energy in Africa project which examined how sugar, tea and coffee estates can enable energy access in surrounding areas. The project covered Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Malawi and Mauritius (£1.3 mil funded by EPSRC/DFID/DECC)
  • 2002: Team Leader for photovoltaic systems in the development of a Reverse Osmosis Solar Installation (ROSI) in Australia, which provided safe water for remote communities. In 2003 ROSI was awarded a prize in the Water category of the Energy Globe Awards held in Linz, Austria.
  • 2002: Team Leader for research on appropriate solar module manufacturing techniques in Nicaragua.


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Current PhD Students

  • Chukwudi Ogunna: A tool for adapting renewable energy solutions to enhance resilience building, Loughborough University
  • Carla Cannone: Climate compatible growth, Loughborough University
  • Vincent Mwale: Harnessing the nexus between hydro mini-grids and community energy resilience: Case Study of Bondo Hydro Mini-Grid, Mzuzu University
  • Kondwani Gondwe: Empirical Modelling of the Nexus between Solar Photovoltaic Irrigation Systems and Community Resilience in Malawi, Mzuzu University

Undergraduate Research Supervision

  • 2018 & 2019: Summer research students, Loughborough University
  • 2016: Undergraduate thesis: Industrial Ecology in Malawi’s Agro-industry Sector, UCL
  • 2007: Undergraduate projects: fieldtrip to install a photovoltaic system in Nepal, UNSW

Module Leader

  • 2016 & 2017: Clean Energy & Development, UCL (30 students)
  • 2015 & 2016: Energy Challenge Stream Leader, How to Change the World, UCL (70 students)
  • 2012 & 2010: Sustainable Energy in Developing Countries, UNSW (60 students)

Guest Lecturer 

  • 2020-2021: Geographies of Social Difference, Loughborough University
  • 2018: Geographies of Global Economic Change, Loughborough University
  • 2018: Globalisation: Key Debates and Issues, Loughborough University
  • 2017: Resource Governance and the Global South, UCL
  • 2017: Renewable Energy Engineering Minor Program, UCL
  • 2015: Integrated Engineering Programme, UCL
  • 2014: Sustainable Development, University of Surrey
  • 2013: Sustainable Energy in Developing Countries, UNSW
  • 2010: Strategic Leadership and Ethics, UNSW
  • 2010: Women in Engineering & IT Day, University Technology Sydney
  • 2010: Sustainable Energy, UNSW


  • 2008, 2010 & 2013: Renewable Energy Policy and International Programs, UNSW
  • 2008 & 2013: Sustainable Energy in Developing Countries, UNSW
  • 2007: Grid-connected Photovoltaics, UNSW


  • 2017: Management Committee, Humanitarian Institute, UCL
  • 2015 – 2016: Chair, Energy and Development Group, UCL
  • 2016: Departmental Equalities and Diversity Review Panel, UCL
  • 2016: Departmental Research and Ethics Committee, UCL
  • 2015: Departmental Green Impact Audit Team, University of Surrey
  • 2008: Coordinator, Sustainable Energy Discussion Group, UNSW
  • 2007 – 2008: Chair, Climate Group, Engineers Without Borders Australia
  • 2004: Founding Vice-President, UNSW Branch, Engineers Without Borders

Organising & Convening Conferences

  • 2021: Community Energy Resilience Roundtable Discussion Series, online
  • Dec 2020: Energy Resilience in Pacific Island Countries Workshop Series, online
  • Oct 2019: International Workshop on Community Energy Resilience, UK
  • May 2019: Energy Resilience session, UK LCEDN Annual Conference, UK
  • Apr 2019: Community Energy Resilience in Malawi, Malawi
  • Feb 2019: Community Energy Resilience and Energy Systems in South Asia Workshop, Nepal
  • Nov 2018: Community Energy Resilience and Energy Systems Workshop, UK
  • May 2018: UK LCEDN Annual Conference, UK
  • Dec 2017: International Workshop on Understanding Sustainable Energy Solutions (in collaboration with the African Centre for Technology Studies), Kenya
  • Sep 2017: Consultative Workshop on Delivering Energy Access: Closing the Research and Knowledge Gap (in collaboration with Practical Action), Kenya
  • Sep 2017: Workshop on ‘Where can UK energy research add value on the sustainable development goals?’, UK Energy Research Centre Annual Research Conference, UK
  • Sep 2017: UK LCEDN Annual Conference, UK
  • Aug 2017: Humanitarian Energy Geographies – The Space for Renewables in Energy Access for Refugees session, RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, UK
  • May 2012: Energy & Gender stream, World Renewable Energy Forum, USA
  • Aug 2004: Skills Workshops, International Youth Partnerships, Oxfam


Journals: Energy Research & Social Science; Sustainable Energy & Consumption Journal; Brazilian Journal of Science & Technology; Journal of Energy in Southern Africa; Overseas Development Institute

Research Councils: UK Natural Environment Research Council


Languages: Bilingual in English and Cantonese, good working knowledge of Mandarin.

Professional Memberships: Engineers Without Borders, International Solar Energy Society