Eng. Allan Mugabi is a Principal Engineer in the Ministry of Water & Environment (MWE), Uganda. Within this role, he has been Project Coordinator of the World Bank funded Energy for Rural Transformation Project which is aimed at using least cost energy solutions to improve access to electricity in rural areas in Uganda. He is currently working on the “Energy for Rural Transformation”, part of the project looks at the utilisation of renewable solar energy to power water pumping in small towns and rural growth centres in order to reduce the cost of energy used in piped water systems for drinking water, this innovation has also led to the decrease in the costs of water thus increasing affordability of water. Allan holds a Bsc in Building and Civil Engineering from Kyambogo University and MBA with a specialisation in Public Sector Management. He is also a Wageningen University alumni, holding an MSc in International Land and Water Management.
Dr Alison Browne is a Lecturer in Human Geography and the Sustainable Consumption Institute (SCI) at the University of Manchester.
Alison's research primarily focuses on the dynamics of everyday life related to water, energy, food consumption and waste. In a mixed methodological and transdisciplinary way she plays with ideas of how such practices come to be disrupted, changed and governed. This includes a focus on everyday life and associated cultural and infrastructural dynamics, but also a consideration of the ways in which the practices of professionals shape the emergence, and governance, of these everyday practices. Her work is embedded in a range of theoretical perspectives from social practices, feminist and everyday geographies, and debates about governance and urban experimentation. She works closely and co-productively with non-academic stakeholders about how to take these broader research insights into a range of policy, business, NGO/third sector and advocacy settings to change the way everyday consumption and resource use is framed, and to reshape governance and interventions. Her work has been funded by Research Councils UK (ESRC, EPSRC, NERC), Interreg IVB, as well as a range of consultancies with the UK Water Sector, and Unilever. Her work spans the UK, China, Australia, and Europe. Most recently she has been focused on the 3 stage ESRC funded ‘Nexus at Home’ project with colleagues across the Universities of Manchester and Sheffield. She is also currently building up a range of projects on the Water-Energy-Food-Air nexus within Chinese cities with colleagues at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, CUFE (Central University of Finance and Economics), University of Shanghai, and Tsinghua University. Alison leads the Society and Environment Research Group (SERG) within Geography at Manchester. She is the SEED (School of Environment, Education and Development) Associate Director of Research: Business Engagement and Internationalisation.
Dr. Najib Bateganya Lukoyaa is a specialist in Urban Environment, Water, Sanitation and Waste Management with professional expertise and experience of over 8 years working in the Sub-Saharan Africa region. He holds an MSc in Environmental Sciences from UNESCO-IHE, Delft the Netherlands and a PhD in Environmental Engineering and Water Resources Management from the University of BOKU, Vienna-Austria. He has published and disseminated much of his research work in high impact international peer reviewed journals and international conferences
Dr. Najib is currently the Deputy Director for Water, Sanitation and Environment at Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA). At KCCA he is leading various initiatives, teams and donor funded projects in areas of; Waste Management, Water and Sanitation, Environmental Pollution and Climate Change. Dr. Najib has been a lead expert and team leader on various multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary teams both at national and international levels for projects addressing; Aquatic ecosystems and hydrology, water quality, sanitation, Land use dynamics and catchment management, pollution control and management, urban infrastructure and climate change mitigation & adaptation aspects especially in urban environments within sub-Sahara Africa.
Prof Vanesa Castan Broto joined the Urban Institute at the University of Sheffield in September 2017, following her appointment as a Professorial Fellow in the Faculty of Social Sciences. Her research has been funded by the British Academy, Leverhulme Trust, ESRC, EPSRC and the Institution of Civil Engineers. In 2016 she received the Philip Leverhulme Prize for contributions to Geography. In 2013 she received a United Nations Award for Lighthouse Activities that contribute to fight climate change with a focus on the urban poor.
Vanesa’s research focuses on the governance of global environmental change in the urbanization age. She focuses on three interrelated themes: 1) the governance of climate change in urban areas; 2) urbanization and the dynamics of energy transitions; and 3) barriers to the implementation of climate change action. The first strand of her research focuses on who governs climate change in urban areas and how. For example, she has mapped her contributions to the field in the 2017 article “Urban Governance and the Politics of Climate Change” (in World Development) in relation to both normative and critical strands of thinking about urban governance for climate change. Vanesa has also made direct contributions to international policy, for example, as a lead chapter author for UN-Habitat’s 2016 World Cities Report. The second strand of her research focuses on the dynamics of energy transition. Following her engagement with urban infrastructure as a means to understand climate change policy, she is developing a feminist neo-materialist perspective on the governance of energy transitions. Vanesa has imagined the concept of urban energy landscapes as spatial arrangements of cultural practices and artefacts that reflect the coevolution of socio-economic, technological, and ecological systems. This conception challenges broadly accepted notions of energy landscapes as the product of public perceptions of energy developments. A recent paper on “Energy landscapes and urban trajectories towards sustainability” (in Energy Policy) provides an overview of her work in this area.The third area of her research focuses on developing practical ways to activate urban transformations and deliver climate action in practice. An example of this work is her research on participatory planning for climate change. At the moment, Vanesa is engaged in a series of activities with local partners in Mozambique to rethink sustainable energy access in urban areas. An overview of her efforts to rethink sustainable energy access in an urbanization context is presented in a recent collective paper “Universal access to sustainable energy in urban areas” (in Nature Energy).