Academic career

  • 2018 onwards: RAEng Engineering for Development Research Fellow & Lecturer in Resilient Energy Systems, Loughborough University
  • 2017-18: Research Associate, Geography and Environment, Loughborough University
  • 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

Professional responsibilities

  • 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 onwards: Honorary Lecturer, Dept. of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy, University College London
  • 2017-18: Editor, Low Carbon Energy for Development Network Briefing Paper Series  
  • 2015-19: Visiting Researcher, Centre for Environment and Sustainability, University of Surrey
  • 2015-17: Trustee, Engineers Without Borders UK
  • 2015-17: Founding Chair, Energy and Development Group, University College London

Long Seng’s 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. She holds an Engineering for Development Research Fellowship from the Royal Academy of Engineering on enhancing community energy resilience using renewable energy in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

She is also Co-Investigator of the MECS programme where she leads work on modern energy cooking services in humanitarian settings, and Co-Investigator of the CESET project which focuses on community energy in Ethiopia, Malawi and Mozambique. Long Seng is a member of the UN Economic Commission for Europe’s Expert Group on Resource Management, Renewables Working Group where she contributed to the first UN standard for solar energy resource classification.

Her previous work includes providing capacity building support for the UK Aid funded Transforming Energy Access programme; 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.


Long Seng’s teaching focuses on sustainable energy, international development and climate policy across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules.

Current postgraduate research students

  • Chukwudi Ogunna: A tool for adapting renewable energy solutions to enhance resilience building
  • Vincent Mwale:Harnessing the nexus between hydro mini-grids and community energy resilience: Case Study of Bondo Hydro Mini-Grid (Mzuzu University)
  • Kondwani Gondwe: Empirical Modelling of the Nexus between Solar Photovoltaic Irrigation Systems and Community Resilience in Malawi (Mzuzu University)