Researcher biography

Sabah Abdullah was a former Marie Curie research fellow at the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) in Milan, Italy working on a European Commission-funded project entitled BIOCORE. She is an economist specializing in environmental valuation, cost-benefit analysis and economics of sustainable development. Her PhD thesis evaluated some renewable energy technologies for rural electrification programmes in Kenya. She has previously worked on energy policy issues with several multilateral institutions including the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, as well as governments and non-profit organisations.

Her current project in EPRG is promoting pro-poor growth by reducing energy poverty among poor and vulnerable communities in India. In particular, she focuses on the assessment of the economic and social costs by identifying individual preferences and social norms in uptake of renewable energy options using experimental designs. Her role is actively engaging with industry partners and investors in linking business models and socio-economic models to meet and sustain modern energy services. Her other areas of interest include: environmental conservation, global climate change, sustainable development, "green growth" and low carbon development for advanced and developing economies.

Sabah obtained her PhD in Economics from the University of Bath (UK), having previously studied at School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins Universith (USA) where she was awarded her MA in International Affairs and Economics.

Available for PhD student supervision in: gender and energy nexus; poverty alleviation and energy development; climate change and meeting low carbon growth and behavioural economics in uptake of renewable energy technologies.