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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 advisingpolicymakers 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.



Business and Development Centre

The Business and Development Centre (BDC) brings together thinking from business, economics, political science and development studies to tackle critical questions on the role of business in development, focusing initially on agriculture, food and nutrition, the green economy and public health.


Centre for Development Impact

The Centre for Development Impact (CDI) contributes to learning and innovation in the field of impact evaluation. The Centre aims to improve the assessment of impact on the poor, particularly through the use of appropriate, mixed method, and robust evaluation designs.


Unlocking the economic benefits of productive uses of energy for women

The productive use of energy is considered to be an essential element to unleash the income generation and poverty reduction potential of energy access interventions. Based on this assumption and the fact that women in developing countries experience energy poverty and access to decent work...




A Gender Approach to the Promotion of Productive Uses of Electricity

IDS Policy Briefing;162

Interventions promoting productive use of electricity (PUE) without gender approaches are more likely to benefit men than women. Men typically own more businesses and operate in a wider range of more productive, electricity‑intensive activities. Gender approaches improve the effectiveness of...

10 July 2019

Journal Article

Linking Energy Access, Gender and Poverty: A Review of the Literature on Productive Uses of Energy

Energy Research & Social Science Volume 53

This article reviews the empirical literature about gender and productive uses of energy, focusing on electricity, to answer three research questions: do men and women obtain different benefits from the Productive Use of Electricity (PUE)?; which gendered constraints affect women’s chances to...

1 July 2019

Journal Article

The Impact of Solar Mini-Grids on Kenya’s Rural Enterprises


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...

1 August 2018

Ana Pueyo’s recent work