To date my professional work has been a mix of academic research, public and private consultancy and project management related to various aspects of sustainable energy technology and policy in developing countries, mostly in support of efforts to abate greenhouse gas emissions. The focus of my research and professional interest has evolved, from a basis in political-economic analysis of energy market liberalisation to understanding, designing and implementing enabling frameworks for the dissemination of sustainable energy and climate change mitigation technologies.
To explore these issues I have used mixed methods including multi-criteria analysis, economic baseline and social cost-benefit analysis, market assessments and ex-post outcome mapping. I have been involved in the UNFCCC-mandated Technology Needs Assessment project since 2010, as a country and regional coordinator. This has led to an overriding focus on understanding the role that international agencies and governments have in actively creating markets for clean technology uptake and diffusion, and how to involve the private sector in driving forward the process of clean technological transitions.
Since 2003 I have worked in over 20 countries in the Global South (especially Africa and LatAm), constituting a significant network of contacts, within Government, UN, private sector and expert consultants. In recent years I have also worked on the issue of energy access for displaced populations and how strategic donor interventions and private investment can deliver co-benefits to host communities as well as refugees, stimulating economic development and technology upgrading.