Notes on Contributors

Lucy Baker is a Senior Research Fellow in the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex and a Visiting Fellow at the Energy Research Centre, University of Cape Town. Lucy's areas of research include: the political economy of energy; socio-technical transitions; and low-carbon development in low- and middle-income countries. Before working in academia, she worked for ten years in the fields of environment, development, and human rights.

Simon Bawakyillenuo is a Human Geographer and currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana. He attained his PhD in Human Geography and an MSc in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Hull, UK in 2007 and 2003, respectively. His research interests include different forms of energy and their interrelationships with health and the environment; energy policy; renewable energy dissemination and utilisation discourses; climate change; environmental policy; and green economy. He has been the lead in several research projects on energy, climate change, and environment at ISSER since 2012.

Pablo del Río is head of the Environmental Economics Group and senior researcher at the Institute of Public Goods and Policies at the National Research Council of Spain (CSIC). He has done extensive research on the analysis of support schemes for renewable electricity, the interactions of climate and renewable energy policies, and the drivers to eco-innovation in industry, the energy sector, and transport. He holds a PhD in Environmental Economics and an MSc in Economics and Business. He has a hundred international publications and has participated in seven EU-funded projects on the economic analysis of renewable energy support schemes.

Chris J. Dent is Reader in Industrial Mathematics, School of Mathematics, University of Edinburgh. His principal research interests include methodology for security of supply risk analysis, and large-scale techno-economic modelling of energy systems. He has been assisting the National Grid with the design of the UK Electricity Capacity Assessment Study since 2011. In 2012, he won the IET Mike Sargeant Young Engineer Career Achievement Award, and he has also won a Durham University Award for Excellence in Research Impact. He is a Fellow of the Operational Research (OR) Society, a Chartered Engineer, and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Gruffudd Edwards holds an MSci degree in theoretical physics from Durham University (2001), a PG Dip. in renewable energy systems technology from Loughborough University (2008), and a PhD in renewable resource modelling from the University of Bath (2013). He has held postdoctoral positions on statistical and mathematical aspects of sustainable energy at Heriot-Watt, Durham, and Edinburgh Universities. Prior to these, he worked in corporate communications for the public sector, and as a sustainability adviser to small businesses.

James Gachanja is a Policy Analyst at the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA), an autonomous thinktank that provides quality public policy advice to the Government of Kenya and other stakeholders. James has seven years' post-masters working experience as a policy analyst conducting policy research related to infrastructure and economic services; urban and regional planning; and transport economics. James holds an MSc in Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation for Urban Planning and Management. He has unique skills in geographic information systems (GIS) modelling; remote sensing; and spatial decision support systems (SPDSS).

Henry Louie received his MS degree from the University of Illinois in 2004 and his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington in 2008. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Seattle University. Henry is the President and co-founder of KiloWatts for Humanity, a non-profit organisation providing electricity access and business opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa. He received a Fulbright Scholar award to Copperbelt University in Kitwe, Zambia, and is recognised as an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Distinguished Lecturer for his expertise on energy poverty.

Hugo Lucas is Head of the Energy Department at Factor. He has 18 years' experience in the private sector, government, and multilateral institutions, working in the design and implementation of support mechanisms for the promotion of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. He has been deeply involved in the establishment of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the discussions for the European Renewable Energy Directive 2020. Recently, he has provided advice in tendering designs for renewable energy electricity to the Philippines, Madagascar, Mali, and Peru. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Faculty for Environmental Studies, York University, Canada.

Neil McCulloch is a development economist with a focus on the political economy of energy in developing countries. He has done work on the political economy of fuel subsidies, both in Indonesia and Nigeria, and the political economy of aid for power sector reform in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Previously, Neil was the Director of the Economic Policy Programme at Oxford Policy Management and, before that, the Lead Economist of the Australian Aid programme in Indonesia. He also led the Globalisation Research Team at IDS, UK and was a Senior Economist for the World Bank in Indonesia.

Helen Hoka Osiolo works as a Policy Analyst at the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) and has over ten years' experience in the energy sector. Currently, she is the acting Head of the Infrastructure and Economic Service Division in the institute. She is an economist with a focus on energy and the environment. Her research interests are on low-carbon energy development. She is the author of several peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and she has extensive experience working with government, the private sector, and international partners.

Ana Pueyo is a Research Fellow at IDS, where she leads large multidisciplinary international research projects on energy for development. She is trained as an economist and completed her PhD in Industrial Engineering focusing on renewable energy technology transfer to developing countries. Before joining IDS, she worked in energy and climate change consultancies in the UK and Spain, advising regional, national, and supranational governments on energy and climate policy. She has also worked extensively as a consultant for the private sector, including the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), energy sector companies, sectoral associations, project developers in the low-carbon business, and airlines.

Barry Rawn received MASc and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering in 2005 and 2010 respectively from the University of Toronto. He is a lecturer in the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering at Brunel University London. Barry is an expert in the grid integration of wind and solar energy, and drives activities related to sustainable energy in developing countries through his contributions to working groups and technical programme committees of the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE). From 2015–16, he provided advice and training on power systems operations and planning through the UKAid-funded Nigeria Infrastructure Advisory Facility.

Esméralda Sindou is an engineer and an economist with a particular interest in energy policy and renewable energy, working within Intec's Sustainable Energy Team. Prior to this, Esméralda worked at the French Development Agency in India, where she participated in the monitoring of two lines of credit for renewable energy and energy efficiency. Since then, she has worked as a consultant and has been involved in a number of projects in sub-Saharan Africa relating to power sector reform, the promotion of the links between energy and the broader economy, and the improvement of framework conditions for renewable energy investments.

Neal Wade is a lecturer in Power Systems at Newcastle University, where he leads projects in the electricity distribution and off-grid power sectors. These projects are addressing the need to cost-efficiently decarbonise the power sector over the next 30 years by investigating the innovative network integration of new generation and demand technologies. Computer simulation, laboratory investigation, and demonstration projects are used together to produce the new knowledge that delivers this need. He works with a team of research associates and supervises PhD and MSc researchers. He has a PhD from Glasgow University and previous experience in the electronics industry.

John Ward is Managing Director of the economic consultancy, Vivid Economics. John has over 15 years' experience in economic strategy and analysis, the last eight of which have focused largely on the links between climate and development, particularly in Africa and Asia. Leading the rapid growth of Vivid Economics' growth and development practice area, John has worked extensively with a wide range of clients including the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the African Development Bank, and the UK Department for International Development (DFID). He has a Masters in Economics (with distinction) from University College, University of London.

Dirk Willenbockel is a Research Fellow in the Green Transformations cluster at IDS, and has a PhD from the University of London, London Business School. He is an economist with particular expertise in forward-looking quantitative policy analysis and current research interests in climate change impact and adaptation analysis, low-carbon growth and development, long-run food system scenario analysis, trade policy, and regional economic integration analysis. His research and consultancy experience includes inter alia work for the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Food Programme (WFP), the International Labour Organization (ILO), and the Department for International Development (DFID).

Mohamed Youba Sokona is a renewable energy adviser at the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), where he is seconded by the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ). He is in charge of providing technical assistance to ECOWAS member states to create the enabling environment for grid-connected renewable energy, through the design of legal and regulatory frameworks as well as operationalisation of existing ones. He previously worked for the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). He holds an MSc in Environment and Energy Management from the University of Twente and an engineering degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.