Researcher biography

Romy is a recent graduate from The University of Queensland with qualifications in political science and international and community development. While studying she has also worked and volunteered in a range of community organisations and projects, from the field of sexual and reproductive health and women’s rights in Australia, to a micro-enterprise program with a focus on energy technologies in rural Guatemala.

Romy joined the UQ Energy & Poverty Research group in January 2016. Her research explores the significance of energy access for people and communities in relation to their self-defined needs and aspirations for development. Romy is particularly interested in groups and communities in the global South who are acting as agents of their own development by self-organising to improve their energy access through technology or political processes. 

Supervisors: Professor Chris Greig and Dr Peter Westoby