State of Knowledge: The building blocks of a demand-led research programme

EEG has recently begun its second of two phases. Part 1 of EEG focused on engaging with policymakers to create a demand-led research agenda for Part 2.

Research priorities of EEG Part 2 were defined through a systematic and highly inclusive process, which served to identify two factors:

  • Current state-of-knowledge: In Part 1, EEG produced 18 state-of-knowledge papers, written by leading researchers spanning economics, political science and engineering. The papers identified key research questions and knowledge gaps on a variety of topics related to energy systems in low-income countries. All 18 of the state-of-knowledge papers can be found here.

  • Demand for research from energy stakeholders. In Part 1, EEG held regional workshops in Tanzania and Nepal and a Research and Matchmaking (R&M) Conference in Washington, DC. We also co-hosted a workshop with the UK Energy Research Partnership (ERP) in London to garner input from UK industry stakeholders. These events fostered a collaborative discussion between policy makers and energy stakeholders regarding the most pressing knowledge gaps and policy questions. Reports on the main outcomes of each of these meetings can be found below.

Our understanding of the current state-of-knowledge regarding energy systems in low-income countries will help us ensure that future research commissioned by EEG is novel and ground-breaking. Our strong understanding of the research demanded by energy stakeholders in low-income countries, including policymakers, donors and industry practitioners, will help us ensure that future EEG research is demand-led and applied.

During part 1 of EEG, OPM worked closely with the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) and the Energy Institute at Haas at the University of California, Berkeley. Professors Catherine Wolfram and Paul Gertler provided strategic intellectual leadership, and Carson Christiano and Dr Ken Lee helped lay the foundation for years 2-5 of the programme.

A wide range of research organisations contributed to EEG Part 1, including the Asian Institute of Technology, International Energy Agency, Stellenbosch University, Center for Global Development, Australian National University, Council on Energy, Environment and Water, Stanford University, Fraunhofer ISI, University of Exeter, Heriot Watt University, Vivid Economics and Castalia.

The following individuals provided particularly valuable inputs in Part 1:

David Stern, Australian National University

Joyashree Roy, Jadavpur University

Anton Eberhard and Catrina Godinho, University of Cape Town

Shobhakar Dhakal, Asian Institute of Technology

Catherine Mitchell and Bridget Woodman, Exeter University

Michael Ross, University of California, Los Angeles

Vijay Modi, Columbia University

EEG Policy Workshop: East Africa Outcomes Report

The Applied Research Programme on Energy and Economic Growth (EEG) aims to transform energy policy in developing countries by generating world-class research on the linkages between energy and economic growth.

Energy and Economic Growth Applied Research Programme

On 9th March, 2017, EEG and the UK Energy Research Partnership (ERP) jointly held a research partnership seminar with industry experts form the private sector.

Research and Matchmaking Conference Report

On November 3rd and 4th, 2016, the Applied Research Programme on Energy and Economic Growth (EEG) held an inaugural Research and Matchmaking (R&M) Conference in Washington, DC.

EEG Policy Workshop: South Asia Outcomes Report

On September 28th 2016, the Applied Research Programme on Energy and Economic Growth (EEG) held a policy engagement workshop in Kathmandu, Nepal.