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Senior Research Associate, University College London, UCL

Xavier is a sociologist and socio-economist specialised on energy and environmental issues. His main research interests are on: clean energy policies, energy access in developing countries, the decision-making on large infrastructure and conservation projects.

Currently he is the Principal Investigator of a GCRF British Academy funded research on "Large Water Projects and Conflicted Territorial Identities in sub-Saharan Africa: The Case of the Development of the Senegal River" and an UKRI GCRF funded research on" Energy Democracy and the Politics of Energy Transition in African countries".

Previously, he was responsible of two EPSRC-DFID-DECC funded international research projects on supporting African municipalities with sustainable energy transitions and on developing a pro-poor public private partnership model for delivering clean thermal energy services in developing countries.

From 2005 to 2011, he was research fellow at the Centre for Management under Regulation - Warwick Business School, where he coordinated a network of energy regulators in the Global South promoting energy access through clean energy.


  • 2014–present
    Senior research associate, University College London