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

Education

  • 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

  • 2018 – present: RAEng Engineering for Development Research Fellow, Geography and Environment, School of Social Sciences, Loughborough University, UK
  • 2017 – present: Honorary Lecturer, Dept. of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP), University College London (UCL), UK
  • 2015 – present: Visiting Researcher, Centre for Environment and Sustainability, University of Surrey, UK
  • 2017 – 2018: Research Associate, Low Carbon Energy for Development Network, Department of Geography, Loughborough University, UK
  • 2015 – 2017: Research Fellow, Dept. of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy, University College London, UK
  • 2014 – 2015: Research Fellow, Centre for Environment and 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

  • 2018 – present: Management Committee, Low Carbon Energy for Development Network (LCEDN)
  • 2018: UN Economic Commission for Europe Expert Group on Resource Classification, Renewables Working Group, Solar Subgroup
  • 2017 – 2018: 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
  • 2017: Achievement Award for outstanding research performance, Loughborough University
  • 2010: Climate: Science + Humanities Symposium Travel Award, Harvard University & Group of Eight
  • 2009:  Joan Waugh Scholarship, Tara School
  • 2007-2011: Australian Postgraduate Award (full PhD scholarship), Australian Department of Education, Science and Training
  • 2007-2011: Faculty of Engineering Research Scholarship, UNSW

Grants

  • 2018: Principal Investigator, Research Collaborations on Community Energy Resilience in Low-Income Countries (£60k funded by the UK Energy Research Centre. Co-funding from DFID’s Energy and Economic Growth programme)
  • 2018: Co-Investigator, Long-term institutional change in the wake of crisis: understanding implications for energy-system resilience (£5k funded by Institute for Global Innovation, University of Birmingham)
  • 2016: Co-Investigator, Role of informal governance systems in crisis response and crisis recovery (£5k funded by UCL STEaPP)
  • 2016: Co-Investigator, Visions of infrastructure (£2.7k funded by UCL STEaPP)
  • 2015: Principal Investigator, Enhancing community resilience using renewable energy in Nepal (£4.5k funded by UCL STEaPP)
  • 2008: Named Researcher, Overcoming barriers to renewable energy in rural Indonesia by community capacity building (AUD$310k funded by Australian Agency for International Development)

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.

Publications

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Teaching

Lecturer & Course Coordinator

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

Guest Lecturer 

  • 2018: Geographies of Global Economic Change
  • 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

Course Tutor    

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

Research Supervision

  • 2016: Undergraduate thesis: Industrial Ecology in Malawi’s Agro-industry Sector, UCL
  • 2007: Undergraduate projects: fieldtrip to install a photovoltaic system in Nepal, UNSW

Administration

  • 2017: Management Committee, Humanitarian Institute, UCL
  • 2015 – 2016: Founding Chair, Energy and Development Group, UCL
  • 2016: Interview Panel for Lecturer & Research Associate posts, 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

  • Nov 2018: Community Energy Resilience and Energy Systems Workshop, UK
  • May 2018: UK LCEDN Annual Conference 2018, 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 2017, UK
  • Aug 2017: Humanitarian Energy Geographies – The Space for Renewables in Energy Access for Refugees, RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, UK
  • May 2012: Energy & Gender stream, World Renewable Energy Forum, USA
  • Aug 2004: Skills Workshops, International Youth Partnerships, Oxfam

Reviews

Reviewer for UK Natural Environment Research Council; Energy Research & Social Science; Sustainable Energy & Consumption Journal; Brazilian Journal of Science & Technology; Journal of Energy in Southern Africa; Overseas Development Institute.

Professional Memberships

  • 2015 – present: Member of Engineers Without Borders UK
  • 2004 – 2015: Member of Engineering Without Borders Australia
  • 2007 – present: Member of International Solar Energy Society

Miscellaneous

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