James’ work focuses on understanding, designing and implementing enabling frameworks for the dissemination of sustainable energy and climate change mitigation technologies, using multi-criteria, economic baselines, market assessments and outcome mapping methodologies. He has been involved in the global Technology Needs Assessment project since 2010, as a country coordinator. He has in-country working experience (research, consultancy, project implementation) in Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ghana, Grenada, Jamaica, Moldova, Nepal, Nicaragua, Peru, Senegal, South Africa, Suriname, Tanzania, Uganda, Uzbekistan and Zambia.
Prior to joining UNEP DTU, James had a lectureship in Sustainable Development at the University of Reading (UK), conducted research into the politics and social conflict surrounding the development of oil and gas in the Peruvian Amazon (2009-2010) and worked in the private sector providing non-financial risk assessments for extractive companies operating in less developed countries (2007-2008).
He holds a Ph.D. in energy policy from Imperial College London.