Geography and Environment


Dr Ed Brown Ph.D.(Edinburgh)

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Professor of Global Energy Challenges

Academic career

2018-onwards: Professor of Global Energy Challenges
2009-2014: Associate Director, Sustainability Research School, Loughborough University
2008-2018: Senior Lecturer in Human Geography
1991-2007: Lecturer in Human Geography, Loughborough University

Professional responsibilities

2012 onwards: Co-Chair, UK Low Carbon Energy for Development Network ( 
1996 onwards: Chair, Leicester Masaya Link Group

My research interests lie in the fields of governance and international development issues with current research outputs focusing upon: energy access and low carbon energy transitions; questions of transparency and corruption; and financial globalization and the financial needs of the poor. I have also long had a particular interest in the Central American region where I have explored the political economy of state reforms as well as the broader impacts of neoliberal globalization.

Recently, much of my activity has been focused on issues surrounding the uptake of low carbon energy technologies within the Global South. I am the Co-Chair of the UK Low Carbon Energy for Development Network through which we are building bridges between the divergent branches of academia working on these issues (reflecting a broader interest in transdisciplinary working practices which I pursued over recent years as Associate Director of Loughborough’s recently demised Sustainability Research School). I am currently PI on a £1.3 million project supporting DFID’s Transforming Energy Access initiative. I am (or have recently been) PI on three EPSRC projects in this field. One involves networking the projects funded under the RCUK Understanding Sustainable Energy Solutions (USES Network) programme, whilst the other two are research projects, one exploring the implications of political decentralization for energy governance in Africa (READ) and the other exploring the potential of solar nano-grids in the contexts of Kenya and Bangladesh (SONG). I am also CI on an Innovate Energy Catalyst project (eCook) exploring the potential for the emergence of electric cooking (particularly via off-grid PV solar) as a major contributor to the transition to cleaner forms of cooking globally.

My teaching examines globalization and international development issues with a particular focus on Central America.

Current postgraduate research students

Richard Sieff: Governing Off-Grid Energy Provision: exploring the role of local governance in energy transitions in the Global South.

Anthony Perrett: Sustainable Energy & Poverty Reduction: The role of clean energy technologies in promoting income-generating activities in low-income settlements

Recent postgraduate research students

Francisco Castaneda (2014): Global production Networks and Small and Medium Enterprises: A Public Policy Perspective on the Chilean Agrofood Sector.
Danielle Gent (2013): Exploring the adoption of photovoltaic technologies: the case of rural Central America.
Norah Penawou (2013): Multi faceted impacts of oil exploration on children a case study based on the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria.
Valeria Pecorelli (2012): Autonomous social movements practising constructive resistance: Ya Basta and solidarity trade in Milan.
Benjamin Iremiren (2011): Governance, Corruption and Economic development: Reflections on corruption and anti-corruption initiatives in Nigeria.
Xiomara Araujo Salas (2010): Decentralization in Venezuela and Citizen participation in Local Government: the case of Local councils for public planning and the communal councils.
Tom Mais (2009): Transforming Development? The millennium challenge account and US- Nicaraguan relations.
Alberto Cortes Ramos (2009): The production of Migratory transnational space: The case of seasonal rural migration from Nicaragua to Cost Rica 1990- 2003.

Cloke, J, Mohr, A, Brown, ED (2017) Imagining Renewable Energy: Towards a Social Energy Systems Approach to Community Renewable Energy Projects in the Global South, Energy Research and Social Science, ISSN: 2214-6296.

Brown, ED and Cloke, J (2017) Energy and Development: The Political Economy of Energy Choices, Progress in Development Studies. Volume: 17 issue: 2, page(s): vii-xiv.

Brown, ED, Leary, J, Davies, G, Batchelor, S, Scott, N (2017) eCook: what behavioural challenges await this potentially transformative concept?, Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments, ISSN: 2213-1388.

Brown, ED, Cloke, J, Campbell, B (2016) Communities of Energy, Economic Anthropology, 3(1), pp.133-144, DOI: 10.1002/sea2.12050.

Rezwan Khan, M and Brown, E (2014) DC Nano-grids: A low cost PV based solution for livelihood enhancement in rural Bangladesh. In Schafer, M, Kammen, D, Kebir, N, Philipp, D (ed) Innovating Energy Access for Remote Areas: Discovering Untapped Resources, Berekely California, pp.79-83, Full text: .

Brown, E., Cloke,J ,Gent,D, Johnson,PH ,and Hill,C, (2014) Green Growth Or Ecological Commodification : Debating The Green Economy In The Global South, Geografiska Annaler Series B-Human Geography, 96(3), 245-259.

Brown, E, Castañeda, F, Cloke, J, Taylor, P (2013) Towards financial geographies of the unbanked: international financial markets, ‘bancarizacion’ and access to financial services in Latin AmericaThe Geographical Journal, 179(3), 198-210.

Rocha, J, Brown, ED, Cloke, JMP (2011) Of legitimate and illegitimate corruption: