Dr Long Seng To
RA Eng Engineering for Development Research Fellow
2018 onwards: RAEng Engineering for Development Research Fellow, Loughborough University
2017-18: Research Associate, Dept. of Geography, Loughborough University
2017 onwards: Honorary Lecturer, Dept. of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy, University College London (UCL STEaPP)
2015 onwards: Visiting Researcher, Centre for Environment and Sustainability, University of Surrey
2015-17: Research Fellow, Dept. of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy, University College London
2014 -15: Research Fellow, Centre for Environment and Sustainability, University of Surrey
2007-12: Associate Lecturer & Tutor, School of Photovoltaic & Renewable Energy Engineering, University of New South Wales
2018 onwards: UN Economic Commission for Europe Expert Group on Resource Classification, Renewables Working Group, Solar Subgroup
2018 onwards: Management Committee, Low Carbon Energy for Development Network
2017-18: Editor, Low Carbon Energy for Development Network Briefing Paper Series
2015-17: Trustee, Engineers Without Borders UK
2015-17: Chair, Energy and Development Group, University College London
2009: Renewable Energy Engineer, Integrated Development Services, Nepal
2007: Consultant (sustainable energy policy), Energy Strategies, Australia
2006: Conference and Workshop Facilitator, Initiatives of Change
2005: Consultant (energy efficiency policy), Mark Ellis & Associates, Australia
2018: Engineering for Development Fellowship, Enhancing Community Energy Resilience Using Renewable Energy in Developing Countries (funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering)
2018: Principal Investigator, Research collaborations on community energy resilience in low-income countries (funded by the UK Energy Research Centre and DfID’s Energy and Economic Growth programme)
2018: Co-Investigator, Long-term institutional change in the wake of crisis: understanding implications for energy-system resilience (funded by Institute for Global Innovation, University of Birmingham)
2016: Co-Investigator, Role of informal governance systems in crisis response and crisis recovery (funded by UCL STEaPP)
2016: Co-Investigator, Visions of infrastructure (funded by UCL STEaPP)
2015: Principal Investigator, Enhancing community resilience using renewable energy in Nepal (funded by UCL STEaPP)
2008: Named Researcher, Overcoming barriers to renewable energy in rural Indonesia by community capacity building (funded by Australian Agency for International Development)
I am an Engineering for Development Research Fellow funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng). My research tackles the challenge of providing access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all in the context of increasing long-term pressures and sudden shocks, such as climate change, disasters and conflicts.
My research focuses on enhancing community energy resilience using renewable energy. I am currently working with communities in Nepal and Malawi to create innovative energy solutions. I am also developing methodologies for measuring community energy resilience, as well as assessing the interdependencies and trade-offs between energy systems and other critical infrastructure. This research is being expanded to other countries in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa through a networking project funded by the UK Energy Research Centre and the Energy and Economic Growth Programme.
My previous research included mapping the synergies and trade-offs between energy and the Sustainable Development Goals; agro-industries and clean energy in Africa; capacity development for renewable energy projects in rural China and Indonesia; solar-powered water purification in remote areas in Australia; and local manufacture of solar photovoltaic systems in Nicaragua. I also engage regularly with policy-makers, most recently providing capacity building support for the Department for International Development’s Transforming Energy Access Programme as part of the Low Carbon Energy for Development Network.
I am focused on research in my current role, but contribute as a Guest Lecturer to undergraduate and postgraduate modules, including Geographies of Global Economic Change and Globalisation: Key Debates and Issues.
I have previously lectured and convened modules on Renewable Energy in Developing Countries, and Clean Energy and Development at postgraduate and undergraduate levels.
- To, LS, Seebaluck, V, Leach, M (2018) Future energy transitions for bagasse cogeneration: Lessons from multi-level and policy innovations in Mauritius, Energy Research and Social Science, ISSN: 2214-6296. Full text: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2017.10.051. DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2017.10.051.
- Fuso Nerini, F, Tomei, J, To, LS, Bisaga, I, Parikh, P, Black, M, Borrion, A, Spataru, C, Castan Broto, V, Anandarajah, G, Milligan, B, Mulugetta, Y (2018) Mapping synergies and trade-offs between energy and the Sustainable Development Goals, Nature Energy. Full text: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41560-017-0036-5. DOI: 10.1038/s41560-017-0036-5.
- Brown, E, Campbell, B, Cloke, J, To, LS, Turner, B, Wray, A (2018) Low carbon energy and international development: from research impact to policymaking, Contemporary Social Science, ISSN: 2158-2041. Full text: http://rsa.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21582041.2017.1417627. DOI: 10.1080/21582041.2017.1417627.
- Castan Broto, V, Stevens, L, Ackom, E, Tomei, J, Parikh, P, Bisaga, I, To, LS, Kirshner, J, Mulugetta, Y (2017) A research agenda for a people-centred approach to energy access in the urbanising global south, Nature Energy, 2(10), pp.776-77. Full text:https://www.nature.com/articles/s41560-017-0007-x. DOI: 10.1038/s41560-017-0007-x.
- To, LS, Kwapata, K, Masala, L, Alonso Navarro, V, Batchelor, S, Mulugetta, Y, Barnett, A, Karekezi, S (2017) Policy perspectives on expanding cogeneration from bagasse in Malawi, Journal of Energy in Southern Africa, 28(1), pp.45-53, ISSN: 1021-447X. Full text: http://journals.assaf.org.za/jesa/article/view/1420/1720 .
- Francisco, G, Harcourt, W, Farhar, BC, Osnes, B, Karve, P, To, LS, Speer, N, Sweetman, C (2012) Views, events, and debates, Gender & Development, 20, pp.607-621, ISSN: 1355-2074. Full text: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13552074.2012.731759. DOI: 10.1080/13552074.2012.731759.