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Dr Xavier Lemaire
Energy Institute
Central House
14 Upper Woburn Place
London
WC1H 0NN
Appointment
  • Senior Research Associate
  • Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources
  • Faculty of the Built Environment
Biography
Xavier is senior research associate at the UCL Energy Institute / Institute for Sustainable Resources (2011-today). Previously he was research fellow at  the Centre for Management under Regulation - Warwick Business School (2005-2011) and Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Centre For Research in Ethnic Relations - University of Warwick (2003-2004).

Since October 2013, he is the Acting Principal Investigator of two international EPSRC-DFID-DECC research projects:

 - a  4-year research project called Supporting African Municipalities with Sustainable Energy Transitions (SAMSET) on developing an exchange framework to facilitate the implementation of energy transition and access to basic infrastructures in Africa's Sub-Saharan urban areas. For this project, his research focuses more specifically on energy access in urban areas and on the electrification of informal settlements. This research is conducted with municipalities in South Africa, Uganda and Ghana.

 - a 4-year research project called Sustainable Thermal Energy Service Partnerships (STEPs) on developing a sustainable pro-poor public private partnership model for delivering clean and safe thermal energy services (clean cookstoves, solar water heating, Liquified Petroleum Gas, biogas,...) in developing countries.

From 2005 till 2013, he has established the Sustainable Energy Regulation Network (SERN) for the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), an initiative funded by the Foreign Commonwealth Office. For this network, he has coordinated an annual energy policy review and conducted research on energy policies and regulation in developing countries: energy access and large-scale dissemination of decentralised renewable energy systems (notably solar home systems) in rural areas of developing countries; electrification policies and off-grid regulation; the implementation of feed-in tariff policies in emerging countries; (geo)-politics of renewable energy.

Xavier conducted a PhD thesis on the decision-making process in the implementation of large infrastructure and territorial development projects in French Guiana linked to the colonial history of this French overseas department. This research was followed by a Marie Curie Research Fellowship at the Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations - University of Warwick on cultural identities, infrastructure/development projects and biodiversity conservation projects in Guyana and French Guiana (2003-2004). He has been part of an international  comparative research project on air quality indicators in European cities. He previously worked as project officer on rural electrification with solar photovoltaic systems and energy efficiency programmes in French Guiana and also worked as an independent consultant (1992-1997).





Research Summary
Xavier is a sociologist and socio-economist who has been working as practitioner and researcher on energy and environmental issues in the Global South for last 20 years.

His research interests are on: Energy access and energy efficiency with the large scale dissemination of small-scale technologies (institutional arrangements and business models for energy services delivery). Politics of clean energy (policy networks in the energy sector, actor network theory and electricity market, market mechanisms and renewable energy policies, institutional analysis of clean energy governance). The political ecology of large infrastructure (hydro-dams, mining, roads,...), eco-development and conservation projects (eco-forestry,...). Environmental and energy justice. The delivery of urban services in developing countries. Climate change policies and the transition to low-carbon societies. Discourses of development and the social imaginary of Progress.

Xavier has a MSc in Management (Sorbonne), postgraduate degrees in development studies (Sorbonne) and in policy analysis (Dauphine) and a PhD in sociology (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales - Paris).





Teaching Summary

Xavier was lecturer in Universities of Paris in Socio-Economics, Management and Sociology of Organisations (1998-2002). He was also visiting lecturer for the module energy regulation of the Warwick Business School Global Energy MBA and on rural electrification with renewables at the School of Engineering - University of Birmingham  (2009-2012).


He supervises PhD students working on energy access in Africa and Master students on renewable energies or on environmental conflicts linked to infrastructure projects.



Academic Background
2000 PhD Doctorat – Sociology Ecole des hautes etudes en sciences sociales
1989 MA Diplôme d'études approfondies – Organisation Studies Universite Paris-Dauphine (Paris IX)
1988 MSc Master of Science – Management Universite Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris I)
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