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I have a PhD in Geography from Durham University, UK. My thesis, titled 'Energy access in an era of low carbon transitions: politicising energy for development projects' revolved around of culture, development and energy. Before starting the doctoral research, for 4 years, I worked as a consultant in interdisciplinary teams. I collaborated across disciplinary boundaries on energy transitions and carbon finance projects in several other Indian states and Sri Lanka. This involved assessing potential for, designing and implementing energy projects like micro-grids. I have a masters degree in Natural Resources Management and bachelor degree in Botany.

Education/Academic qualification

University of Durham

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energy Social Sciences
livelihood Social Sciences
India Social Sciences
solar energy Social Sciences
Sri Lanka Social Sciences
Mozambique Social Sciences
health Social Sciences
Bangladesh Social Sciences

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Projects 2015 2020

Developing and Implementing Smart Grids in India

Spahn, A., Höffken, J., Kumar, A., Gerrits, E., Jansen, R., Vereggen - Tielemans, T., Vereggen - Tielemans, T. & Wieczorek, A.


Project: Research direct

Research Output 2014 2019

Beyond technical smartness: rethinking the development and implementation of sociotechnical smart grids in India

Kumar, A., Mar 2019, In : Energy Research and Social Science. 49, p. 158-168

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
document analysis
qualitative research
new technology

Solar energy for all? Understanding the successes and shortfalls through a critical comparative assessment of Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Mozambique, Sri Lanka and South Africa

Kumar, A., Ferdous, R., Luque-Ayala, A., McEwan, C., Power, M., Turner, B. & Bulkeley, H., 1 Feb 2019, In : Energy Research and Social Science. 48, p. 166-176 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
solar energy
Sri Lanka
Solar energy

Coles, A., Gray, L. and Momsen, J., editors, 2015: The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Development

Kumar, A., 4 Jun 2018, In : Progress in Development Studies. 18, 3, p. 215-217 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook reviewAcademic

developing world
sustainable development
2 Citations
Open Access

The Routledge research companion to energy geographies

Kumar, A., 31 Jan 2018, In : Local Environment. 23, 5, p. 599-600 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook reviewAcademic

Student theses

Energy access for enterprises in developing countries: exploring the role for renewable energy technologies to address the energy issues in Kenya

Author: Bijvoet, J., 29 Jun 2018

Supervisor: Höffken, J. (Supervisor 1), Romijn, H. (Supervisor 2) & Kumar, A. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master