PhD candidate, University of Bath

Philipp Trotter's research focuses on electricity infrastructure planning in Africa. His approach combines classic engineering optimisation techniques with insights from the social sciences to improve the socio-political resilience of proposed systems. He has worked on an Africa-wide network, on the Southern African power pool, and the Ugandan network. He furthermore studies energy policies linked to Africa's power sector, and has overseen and conducted household survey fieldwork in Uganda.
Philipp is currently a PhD candidate in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bath. He holds a Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration Diplom from RWTH Aachen University, for which he received the Springorum Medal for best overall performance. He furthermore holds an MSc in Politics of the Developing World from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and was awarded the 2015 Comparative Politics Prize for best overall performance. His publications have been featured in leading energy journals such as Energy Policy, Renewable Energy, Energy for Sustainable Development, and Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. He has been invited to hold guest lectures at University of Oxford, UK, and Makerere University, Uganda.

Prior to his research career, he was a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company between 2011 and 2014. His activities focused mainly on utility companies and the energy sectors, with engagements in Germany, USA, China and South Africa.


  • 2015–present
    PhD candidate, University of Bath
  • 2011–2014
    Strategy consultant, McKinsey & Company


  • 2015 
    London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Politics of the Developing World
  • 2011 
    RWTH Aachen University, Energy Engineering and Business Administration
  • 2009 
    University of California at Berkeley, Industrial Engineering
  • 2008 
    Carnegie Mellon University, Energy Engineering

Professional Memberships

  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers