The policy research projects will be presented as a group in one single session. You can download a PDF of the combined presentations after the conference.
The role of expert judgment in energy policy support tools: Important lessons from expert judgment studies from different fields
Student: Abdullah Alhumaid
Supervisor(s): Dr Mark Workman (Energy Systems Catapult) and Dr Jeffery Hardy (The Grantham Institute for Climate Change)
Poster: #29 Download PDF AVAILABLE AFTER THE CONFERENCE
Experts' judgments play a significant part in the process of energy decision-making, and, upon improving it, decisions made will be more optimal and viable to help meeting UK’s 2050 energy targets in an efficient manner. Several studies have proven significant limitations in experts’ judgments of future events and estimates. These limitations form a capacity gap in their ability to forecast and predict accurately. This research investigates the roots of these limitations and suggests methods to overhaul them. The research also explores the involvement of experts’ judgments' in UK policy making and their implications.
Assessment of policies for universal access to clean cooking energy: The case of India
Student: Sara Dethier
Supervisor(s): Dr Judith Cherni (Centre for Environmental Policy) and Sasmita Patnaik (Council on Energy, Environment and Water)
Poster: #30 Download PDF AVAILABLE AFTER THE CONFERENCE
Two thirds of the Indian population rely on traditional biomass cookstoves to meet their cooking energy needs, resulting in adverse health and economic and social impacts on the households. Several government and market initiatives have tried to improve access to clean cooking energy in India, but these initiatives have not led to the sustained use of clean cooking solutions. This thesis seeks to address this issue through an assessment of the finance and supply and demand barriers in government policies and programmes.
Using multi-criteria decision making to evaluate a resource-efficient energy portfolio for East Africa
Student: Amanda Kahunzire
Supervisor(s): Dr Kaveh Madani (Centre for Environmental Policy), Ms Maral Mahlooji (Centre for Environmental Policy)
Poster: #31 Download PDF AVAILABLE AFTER THE CONFERENCE
East Africa is one of the fastest growing regions in the world today. However, its combined energy access rate of only 23% presents a unique opportunity for planning for the region's sustainable energy future. This project uses multi-criteria decision-making (MCDM) as a tool to carry out a system of system assessment of energy alternatives in East Africa, within the energy-water-land-climate nexus. The system impact of alternatives is evaluated to develop a ranking from most efficient to least efficient based on the available resources in East Africa. Once resource-efficient alternatives are identified, further qualitative analysis is carried out to highlight social, political and technical considerations and eventually suggest those energy alternatives that are best suited to meeting the region's growing energy demand in the most sustainable way.
Integrated planning of electric taxi charging infrastructure: Assessing the impacts of the arrival of plug-in hybrid electric vehicle taxis in London
Student: Christopher Lowans
Supervisor(s): Dr Koen van Dam (Department of Chemical Engineering) and Dr Salvador Acha (Department of Chemical Engineering)
Poster: #32 Download PDF AVAILABLE AFTER THE CONFERENCE
My thesis project seeks to use agent-based modelling to simulate a fleet of PHEV taxis in London. PHEV taxis are due to begin their city-wide roll-out in 2018. The aim of this project is to advise policy decision makers regarding the siting, quantity and nature of the charging infrastructure required to support this PHEV fleet.
Preparing for autonomous vehicle deployment in London: An impact assessment of climate change policy scenarios
Student: Luke Rust
Supervisor(s): Dr Mark Workman (Energy Systems Catapult) and Ms Leslie Labruto (Acumen)
Poster: #33 Download PDF AVAILABLE AFTER THE CONFERENCE
The project seeks to assess the energy and emission impacts of different policy levers on the introduction of autonomous vehicles (AV) into London's vehicle fleet. Working in collaboration with Immense Simulations, a technology start-up spun out from the Transport Catapult, the project aims to develop better academic understanding of AV deployment at scale and inform policymakers as to the regulatory and policy issues that need to be addressed to enhance environmental benefits.
Energy access in peri-urban areas: A case study of Lagos, Nigeria
Student: Yejisola Shonibare
Supervisor(s): Dr Rocio Diaz-Chavez (Centre for Environmental Policy)
Poster: #34 Download PDF AVAILABLE AFTER THE CONFERENCE
This projects reviews energy access in peri-urban areas, primarily in developing countries. It evaluates the barriers to energy access in these areas and proposes solutions to these issues in terms of policies, economics and technologies.