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Title: Research Fellow
Expertise: energy access, household energy
Fiona works as a Research Fellow and the editor of the Renewable Energy for Development (RED) newsletter.
Her main focus areas include household dynamics in the design and implementation of household energy projects in developing countries; institutional and policy frameworks for upscaling/replicability of household energy programmes; the role of the EU in supporting sustainable energy transitions in Sub Saharan Africa.
Work experience before SEI
Prior to joining SEI, Fiona worked with Project Gaia Research Studies, part of a global clean cooking initiative with a particular focus on the research and promotion of alcohol fuels for household energy in developing countries. She spent several years working as Project Leader for Ethiopia and East Africa where she was involved in the design and implementation of a series of pilot studies on ethanol as an alternative cooking fuel in a variety of settings, from emergency Internally Displaced Person (IDP)/refugee settlements to urban households in Addis Ababa.
Fiona has participated in policy dialogues with the Energy and Trade Ministries of Ethiopia and has contributed to the work of a special task force for the development of a draft National Strategy on Biofuels.
She has managed a number of projects focused on scaling up access to clean cooking fuels in Ethiopia for clients including the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and UNHCR and has contributed to several international studies and reviews on the subject for clients including Shell Foundation, UNDP, UNHCR, the Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children and the WHO.
Fiona has extensive knowledge of the environmental-health and policy themes related to household energy access, and a particular interest in the socioeconomic dimensions of energy access in developing countries.
Learning from Cooks: a User-Centred Approach to Help Transform Household Energy Use (Other publications - 2012)
Will African Consumers Buy Cleaner Fuels and Stoves? (Research report - 2011)
Energy access, climate and development (Paper - 2009)
Household Energy in developing countries: a burning issue (Policy brief - 2009)