Established as recently as 2015, the lab under supervision of Assoc. Prof. Miguel Esteban is comprised of a number of vibrant and dedicated students from diverse educational backgrounds and countries (Thailand, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan, Samoa, Greece, the Philippines, and Spain). As of November 2017, there have been 9 students, of which one PhD and two master students already graduated, as of September 2017. Apart from regular weekly one-to-one meetings with Assoc. Prof. Miguel, students are encouraged to improve their individual research through monthly meetings, research presentations and peer-to-peer collaboration projects. A wide range of research is conducted by lab members, contributing to building sustainability in different ways. Those can be divided into two research themes, 1) Energy studies on the transition to a low-carbon energy future and 2) Coastal disaster management.
Students doing research in this theme aim to promote sustainable energy development in various settings. Warathida Chaiyapa,PhD., studied the corporate strategies of oil and gas companies in Southeast Asian countries toward climate change mitigation, with a special focus on renewable energy investment. The main objective is to conduct a comparative study on factors which can influence behaviors and decision making of influential National Oil Companies in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia to become ‘energy companies’. Nigora Djalilova (PhD candidate) investigates factors which can influence the economic feasibility of Renewable Energy Systems (RES) and assessments of the economic and environmental impact of such systems, with the view of understanding long-term implications on the sustainability of the remote areas. Her research is specially focusing on hybrid wind-solar stand-alone energy systems for remote regions in Uzbekistan. To promote the use of renewable energy Nikolaos Iliopoulos (Master degree student) is conducting research to find out how certain types of “smart grid technologies” (i.e. smart meters and distributed energy resources) affect the behavior of residential energy consumers and how they could potentially alleviate energy loss in transmission. His research, being transdisciplinary in nature, lies somewhere between the fields of social and traditional science. Tabitha Olang (Masters degree graduate) partook a study with the aim to contextualize populations without access to modern energy in order to formulate effective policy considerations on modern energy adoption and continuity of usage by target groups. This objective was achieved by illustrating the linkage between fuel choice and energy poverty in low-income households in an urban context. Her research employed a cross-sectional energy-stacking model to illustrate fuel choice and the multidimensional energy poverty (MEP) index to establish the severity of energy poverty in low-income households in Kisumu City, Kenya.
Interview with government officials at Biofuel Division, Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities in Malaysia, during the fieldwork in December 2016 (Photo credit: Warathida CHAIYAPA)
Hybrid wind-solar power installation in the Tashkent State Technical University (“Energy” faculty)
Evaluating the river flood inundation in Chañaral, Chile during a fieldwork in August 2017 (Photo credit: Ven Paolo Valenzuela)
Solar Photovoltaic panels installed for lighting purposes at a rural primary school in Narok, Rift Valley, Kenya (Photo credit: Tabitha Olang)
Chaiyapa, W., Esteban, M. and Kameyama, Y., 2016. Sectoral approaches establishment for climate change mitigation in Thailand upstream oil and gas industry. Energy Policy, 94, pp.204-213.
Chaiyapa, W., Esteban, M. and Kameyama, Y., 2017. Oil and Gas Industry’s Role on the Transition to a Low-Carbon Future in Thailand. In Sustainability through Innovation in Product Life Cycle Design (pp. 181-195). Springer Singapore.
Gasparatos, A., Doll, C. N., Esteban, M., Ahmed, A., & Olang, TA. 2017. Renewable energy and biodiversity: Implications for transitioning to a Green Economy. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 70, 161-184.
Olang TA, Esteban M, Gasparatos A. Energy for Sustainable Development Lighting and cooking fuel choices of households in Kisumu City , Kenya : A multidimensional energy poverty perspective. Energy Sustain Dev 2018;42:1–13. doi:10.1016/j.esd.2017.09.006.
Olang, TA, and Miguel Esteban. 2017.”Sustainable Renewable Energy Financing: Case Study of Kenya.” Sustainability Through Innovation in Product Life Cycle Design. Springer Singapore. 167-179.