Ana Pueyo - Research Fellow
Ana Pueyo has been working in the fields of energy, climate change and development for the last 15 years. She has extensive experience in conducting and leading research, teaching Masters courses and undertaking consultancy and and advisory work for the private, public and voluntary sector.
Dr Pueyo is currently a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), where she leads large multidisciplinary international research projects on energy for development in Africa, mainly funded by Department for International Development of the UK (DFID).
She also convenes the Master’s course “Competing in the Green Economy”, as part of IDS’s MA in Development Studies, and teaches in other postgraduate modules about energy access and climate change mitigation.
Dr Pueyo has a solid quantitative background and a long experience advising policymakers in the UN, the European Union, UK and Spanish Governments. She has also worked extensively as a consultant for:
- the private sector, including the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD),
- private companies in the energy sector, sectoral associations, project developers in the low carbon businesses and airlines.
- and also advised NGOs, including Greenpeace and WWF (World Wildlife Fund for Nature).
Prior to working at IDS, Dr Pueyo was a Principal Consultant at several energy and climate change consultancies in the UK and Spain.
Expertise and Publications
Dr Pueyo trained as an Economist and completed her PhD in Industrial Engineering focusing on renewable energy technology transfer to developing countries. She has published her work in several international peer-reviewed journals, including World Development, Energy for Sustainable Development, the IDS Bulletin and Energy Policy.
What constrains renewable energy investment in Sub-Saharan Africa? A comparison of Kenya and GhanaWorld Development 109 (2018)
Policymakers in Sub-Saharan Africa face several choices to increase levels of access to electricity under severe budget constraints. First, they need to prioritise technologies that can supply electricity at a low cost. Second, they need to design and implement appropriate policies to attract private investment. On the first choice, renewable energy is becoming increasingly competitive with fossil fuels. Moreover, it contributes to energy security and environmental sustainability, while providing access to new sources of (sustainable) finance. On the second choice, developing countries typically face a multitude of constraints to attract investment to their energy sector. It can be daunting and expensive to address them all at once. More details
The Impact of Solar Mini-Grids on Kenya's Rural EnterprisesEnergy for Sustainable Development 45 (2018)
Off-grid, renewable based electricity systems are becoming increasingly competitive for remote rural communities. When the electricity supplied is used productively by micro and small enterprises (MSE), it has the potential to contribute to income generation and poverty reduction. MSE are prevalent in rural Kenya to complement agricultural activities. However, most of them struggle to survive and they provide insufficient income to escape poverty. This paper investigates if the provision of electricity through solar mini-grids could contribute to improving business performance in rural Kenya. More details
Green Power for Africa: Overcoming the Main ConstraintsIDS Bulletin 48.5-6 (2017)
Inadequate power supply in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) means that only 37 per cent of sub-Saharan Africans have access to electricity. Those with access are prone to experience problems with regular power outages. In many sub- SSA countries, electricity access rates are decreasing because electrification efforts are slower than population growth. More details
Green Investment Diagnostics for Africa: What are the Binding Constraints to Investment in Renewables in Kenya and Ghana?IDS Research Report 83 (2017)
The vast potential of renewable energy is failing to be realised in many African countries, in spite of the many pledges made by donors and international financiers. More details
El Acceso Universal a una Energía Asequible, Fiable, Sostenible y Moderna
El Objetivo de Desarrollo Sostenible (ODS) número 7 compromete a la comunidad internacional a garantizar 'el acceso a la energía asequible, fiable, sostenible y moderna para todos'. More details
What are the prospects for low-carbon growth in Africa?04 Apr 2017
By Ana Pueyo
A New Deal for Energy in Africa: what is missing?23 Sep 2015
By Ana Pueyo
How can we finance sustainable energy for all?08 Dec 2014
By Ana Pueyo, Emma Wilson
US-Africa Summit promises investment but will it have impact?11 Aug 2014
By Ana Pueyo
Inclusive green growth in Africa - can we cut through its complexity?17 Feb 2014
By Ana Pueyo
Mentions in the media
Latin America and the Caribbean; OECD Europe; Chile; Honduras; India.