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Ana Pueyo - Research Fellow

Green Transformations; Business, Markets and the State
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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:

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

This project is looking into the heart of the electricity supply crisis in sub-Saharan Africa.

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What constrains renewable energy investment in Sub-Saharan Africa? A comparison of Kenya and Ghana

World 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 Enterprises

Energy 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

This is the cover to the IDS Bulletin, 'Green Power for Africa: Overcoming the Main Constraints'.

Green Power for Africa: Overcoming the Main Constraints

IDS 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

This is the front cover to IDS Research Report 83, 'Green Investment Diagnostics for Africa: What are the Binding Constraints to Investment in Renewables in Kenya and

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

IDS publications on international development research

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

Thematic Expertise:
Climate Change; Low-carbon Development; Economy and Finance; Energy; Environment.

Related Programmes and Centres:
Business and Development Centre; Centre for Development Impact; Policy Anticipation Response and Evaluation; Pro-poor Electricity Provision.

Geographic Expertise:
Latin America and the Caribbean; OECD Europe; Chile; Honduras; India.