Mathilde Brix Pedersen has broad international experience from her work within the area of clean energy, energy access and sustainable livelihoods. Her work includes project development in the wind power industry in Canada, policy analysis, research and consultancy work on energy access and poverty alleviation in Africa and South East Asia as well as non-profit entrepreneurship to empower homeless people.
Mathilde’s research focuses on institutional, policy- and socio-economic aspects of clean energy diffusion in developing countries including the role of private entrepreneurs in rural electrification, primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa. In her PhD, she looked at private business models to bring electricity to rural off-grid communities in East Africa/Kenya through solar-powered mini-grids.
She currently works on a project that will demonstrate the integration of a small wind turbine into a solar PV mini-grid for rural electrification with the aim to reduce cost of electricity and to support local value creation. More broadly, her work focuses on 1) stimulating large- scale diffusion of clean technologies through markets creation incentives 2) firm level and industry level process for diffusion, system building and upgrading 3) effects of rural electrification at the end-user level in regards to productive use, poverty aspects, power relations and livelihoods. Her research draws on the analytical perspectives of sustainability transitions, innovation systems, niche development, global value chain analysis, hybrid organisations, institutional logics, and planned interventions.
Countries of work experience include Canada, the UK, Vietnam, Kenya and Tanzania.