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Dr Julia Tomei
Central House
14 Upper Woburn Place
Tel: 020 3108 5979
  • Research Associate
  • Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources
  • Faculty of the Built Environment

Julia Tomei is a Senior Research Associate at UCL-Energy and the Institute of Sustainable Resources whose broad research interests focus on the social and environmental dimensions of energy in the global South.  She holds a BSc in Biology (International) from the University of Leeds, and an MSc in Environmental Technology, specialising in Ecological Management, from Imperial College London.  Between 2006 and 2010, Julia worked as a research associate for Professor Paul Ekins, firstly at the Policy Studies Institute and then at King’s College London.  During this time she worked on a wide range of projects that spanned sustainable consumption, public engagement with renewable energy, and the sustainability of bioenergy and hydrogen systems.  Her PhD, undertaken at UCL-Energy, investigated of how global processes and local contexts have influenced the development of biofuels in Guatemala.  Her research drew on insights from political ecological research, which has demonstrated that phenomena such as biofuels cannot be understood in isolation from the political economic contexts within which they are embedded.  Her research used qualitative methods to analyse the sustainability biofuels from multiple perspectives, including those producing, promoting and contesting biofuels in Guatemala and the European Union.  

Research Summary

Julia is currently working on two projects: MECON and UKERC Reflecting on Energy Scenarios.  For MECON (Modern Energy CONsumers in the Greater Mekong Sub-region), Julia is leading the household survey questionnaire, which will investigate existing energy use, as well as the opportunities and barriers to the deployment of energy efficient technologies.  This research is being carried out in partnership with institutions in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.  Her second project, funded under Phase II of UKERC, reflects on the use and communication of energy scenarios.

Academic Background
2005 MSc Master of Science – Environmental Studies University College London/Imperial College
2002 BSc Bachelor of Science – Biology University of Leeds
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