- 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
- 2021 onwards: Chair, Solar Energy Sub-Group, UN Expert Group on Resource Management (member since 2018)
- 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
- Carla Cannone: Climate compatible growth
- 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)
- Bisaga, I, Parikh, P, Tomei, J, To, LS (2020) Mapping synergies and trade-offs between energy and the sustainable development goals: A case study of off-grid solar energy in Rwanda, Energy Policy, 149, 112028, ISSN: 0301-4215. DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2020.112028.
- Ng, KS and To, LS (2020) A systems thinking approach to stimulating and enhancing resource efficiency and circularity in households, Journal of Cleaner Production, 275, 123038, ISSN: 0959-6526. DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.123038.
- Zalengera, C, To, LS, Sieff, R, Mohr, A, Eales, A, Cloke, J, Buckland, H, Brown, E, Blanchard, R, Batchelor, S (2020) Decentralisation: The key to accelerating access to distributed energy services in sub-Saharan Africa?, Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, ISSN: 2190-6483. DOI: 10.1007/s13412-020-00608-7.
- Carrero, R, Acuto, M, Tzachor, A, Subedi, N, Campbell, B, To, LS (2019) Tacit networks, crucial care: Informal networks and disaster response in Nepal’s 2015 Gorkha earthquake, Urban Studies, pp.004209801881060-004209801881060, ISSN: 0042-0980. DOI: 10.1177/0042098018810606.
- Brown, E, Campbell, B, Cloke, J, To, LS, Turner, B, Wray, A (2017) Low carbon energy and international development: from research impact to policymaking, Contemporary Social Science, ISSN: 2158-2041. DOI: 10.1080/21582041.2017.1417627.
- To, LS, Seebaluck, V, Leach, M (2017) Future energy transition policy for sugarcane bagasse cogeneration: lessons from multi-level and policy innovations in Mauritius, Energy Research and Social Science, ISSN: 2214-6296.
- Nerini, FF, Tomei, J, To, LS, Bisaga, I, Parikh, P, Black, M, Borrion, A, Spataru, C, Broto, VC, Anandarajah, G, Milligan, B, Mulugetta, Y (2017) Mapping synergies and trade-offs between energy and the sustainable development goals, Nature Energy, DOI: 10.1038/s41560-017-0036-5.
- Broto, VC, 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, DOI: 10.1038/s41560-017-0007-x.