Philipp Trotter is a Research Associate in Renewable Energy at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at the University of Oxford. His research focuses on electrification in sub-Saharan Africa, covering both technical aspects of energy planning optimisation as well as quantitative and qualitative policy analyses and design. In his current research project, he engages with public and private energy sector stakeholders as well as rural communities in Uganda and Zambia to understand how rural electrification can best be driven domestically.
He has several years of experience working in the energy sector of emerging economies. Prior to his academic career, he worked with several large-scale energy utilities in Africa, Asia and Europe as a consultant with McKinsey & Company. He is a Globalizer Advisor for Ashoka International, having worked on scale-up strategies for social businesses in Africa, Asia and the US. He studied for his PhD at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bath, and holds an Energy Engineering Diplom degree from RWTH Aachen University (Distinction), as well as an MSc in Politics of the Developing World from LSE (Distinction).