Rob Byrne

University of Sussex

Faculty


Role at Tyndall
Rob is currently a Research Fellow with the Sussex Energy Group in SPRU (Science & Technology Policy Research) at the University of Sussex. He continues to work on energy and development research, including projects with the STEPS Centre (SPRU and Institute of Development Studies collaboration – see (www.steps-centre.org) and a DECC-funded UK-China study on low carbon technology transfer.

Role at Council
Theme Co-ordinator: Energy and Emissions.

Research Interests
Rob Byrne has been working in the energy field for more than ten years; as an engineer, a project manager and, more recently, in policy analysis. He is particularly experienced in energy and development in an African context, having spent a total of five years on renewable energy projects in a number of countries (Botswana, Tanzania and Kenya).

Rob also teaches at Sussex on environmental economics (undergraduate), and two masters level courses: climate change economics and policy, and low carbon development. Rob gained his BEng in Engineering Design and Appropriate Technology at Warwick (1996), his MSc in Science and Technology Policy at SPRU (2005) and his DPhil in Science and Technology Policy Studies, also from SPRU (2011). The topic of his thesis was the evolution of the solar home system markets in Kenya and Tanzania.

Publications

Articles

Rolffs, Paula, Ockwell, David and Byrne, Rob (2015) Beyond technology and finance: pay-as-you-go sustainable energy access and theories of social change. Environment and Planning A, 47 (12). pp. 2609-2627. ISSN 0308-518X

Watson, Jim, Ockwell, David, Byrne, Robert and Stua, Michele (2015) Lessons from China: building technological capabilities for low carbon technology transfer and development. Climatic Change, 131 (3). pp. 387-399. ISSN 0165-0009

Ockwell, David and Byrne, Robert (2015) Climate relevant innovation-system builders (CRIBs). The African Technopolitan, 3. pp. 83-85.

Ockwell, David and Byrne, Rob (2015) Improving technology transfer through national systems of innovation: climate relevant innovation-system builders (CRIBs). Climate Policy, 16 (7). pp. 836-854. ISSN 1469-3062

Marshall, Mipsie Mary Anne, Ockwell, David and Byrne, Robert (2014) Sustainable energy for all, or sustainable energy for men? Gender and the construction of identity within climate technology innovation in Kenya. Progress in Development Studies. ISSN 1464-9934 (Accepted)

Byrne, Robert and Watson, Jim (2012) Achieving universal energy access. The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077

Book

Ockwell, David and Byrne, Rob (2016) Sustainable energy for all: technology, innovation and pro-poor green transformations. Pathways to Sustainability . Taylor & Francis, Abingdon, UK. ISBN 9781138656932

Book Section

Ockwell, David, Byrne, Rob, Urama, Kevin, Ozor, Nicholas, Kirumba, Edith, Ely, Adrian, Becker, Sarah and Gollwitzer, Lorenz (2017) Debunking free market myths: transforming pro-poor, sustainable energy access for climate compatible development. In: Nunan, Fiona (ed.) Making climate compatible development happen. Routledge. ISBN 9781138657014 (Accepted)

Ockwell, David and Byrne, Robert (2017) Socio-technical innovation systems: a new way forward for pro-poor energy access policy and practice. In: Bhattacharyya, Subhes C (ed.) Routledge handbook of energy in Asia. Routledge. (Accepted)

Byrne, Robert (2013) Low carbon development in Tanzania: lessons from its solar home system market. In: Urban, Frauke and Nordensvärd, Johan (eds.) Low carbon development: key issues. Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 240-255. ISBN 9780203108628

Byrne, Robert, Smith, Adrian, Watson, Jim and Ockwell, David (2012) Energy pathways in low-carbon development: the needs to go beyond technology transfer. In: Ockwell, David and Mallett, Alexandra (eds.) Low-carbon technology transfer: from rhetoric to reality. Earthscan Routledge, pp. 123-142. ISBN 9781849712699

Watson, Jim and Byrne, Robert (2012) Low-carbon innovation in China: the role of international technology transfer. In: Ockwell, David and Mallett, Alexandra (eds.) Low-Carbon Technology Transfer: From Rhetoric to Reality. Routledge, Abingdon and New York, pp. 63-84. ISBN 9781849712699

Ockwell, David G, Byrne, Robert, Smith, Adrian and Watson, Jim (2012) Energy pathways in low carbon development: the need to go beyond technology transfer. In: Ockwell, David G and Mallett, Alexandra (eds.) Low-Carbon Technology Transfer: From Rhetoric to Reality. Routledge, Abingdon and New York, pp. 123-142. ISBN 9781849712699

Byrne, Robert (2011) Micro-energy systems in low-income countries: learning to articulate the solar home system niche in Tanzania. In: Schaefer, M, Kebir, N and Philipp, D (eds.) Micro Perspectives for Decentralized Energy Supply, Proceedings of the International Conference. Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin, pp. 207-219. ISBN 9783798324992

Reports and working papers

Ockwell, David and Byrne, Robert (2015) CRIBs (Climate Relevant Innovation-system Builders): an effective way forward for international climate technology policy. Working Paper. The STEPS Centre, Brighton.

Ockwell, David and Byrne, Robert (2014) CRIBs (Climate Relevant Innovation-system Builders): policy recommendations on fostering national systems of innovation under the UNFCCC. Working Paper. The STEPS Centre, Brighton.

Bhasin, Shikha, Blanco, Gabriel, Bristow, Sophie, Byrne, Robert, Cameron, Lachlan, de Coninck, Heleen, Fang, Zhang, Gallagher, Kelly, Ionita, Raluca, Mikunda, Tom, Sagar, Ambuj and Würtenberger, Laura (2014) Climate technology in context: synthesis report on climate technology and development. Other. Climate Strategies, Cambridge.

Ockwell, David and Byrne, Robert (2014) Low carbon energy and development in low-income countries: policy lessons from a study of the off-grid photovoltaics sector in Kenya. Other. STEPS Centre, Brighton.

Ockwell, David and Byrne, Robert (2014) Nishati ya kaboni ndogo na maendeleo katika nchi zenye kipato cha chini: mafunzo ya sera kutoka utafiti wa sekta ya photovoltaics isiyotumia umeme nchini Kenya. Other. STEPS Centre, Brighton.

Byrne, Robert, Ockwell, David, Urama, Kevin, Ozor, Nicholas, Kirumba, Edith, Ely, Adrian, Becker, Sarah and Gollwitzer, Lorenz (2014) Sustainable energy for whom? Governing pro-poor, low-carbon pathways to development: lessons from solar PV in Kenya. Working Paper. The STEPS Centre, Brighton.

Rolffs, Paula, Byrne, Robert and Ockwell, David (2014) Financing sustainable energy for all: pay-as-you-go vs. traditional solar finance approaches in Kenya. Working Paper. The STEPS Centre, Brighton.

Marshall, Mipsie Mary Anne, Byrne, Robert and Ockwell, David (2014) Gender and the construction of identity within climate technology innovation in Kenya. Working Paper. The STEPS Centre, Brighton.

Becker, Sarah, Byrne, Rob, Ockwell, David, Ozor, Nicholas, Ely, Adrian and Urama, Kevin (2013) Innovation histories workshop on the solar home system market in Kenya. Other. STEPS Centre, Brighton, UK.

Byrne, Robert (2013) Climate technology and development case study: Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs). Other. Climate Strategies, Cambridge.

Byrne, R and Vincent, K (2013) Opportunities for low-carbon development, background paper for the African Development Report 2012 : towards green growth in Africa. Technical Report. African Development Bank, Tunis.

Watson, Jim, Byrne, Robert, Morgan Jones, Molly, Tsang, Flavia, Opazo, Jose, Fry, Caroline and Castle-Clarke, Sophie (2012) What are the major barriers to increased use of modern energy services among the world’s poorest people, and are interventions to overcome these effective? Project Report. Collaboration for Environmental Evidence, Bangor.

Watson, Jim, Byrne, Robert, Stua, Michele, Ockwell, David, Zhang, Xiliang, Zhang, Da, Zhang, Tianhou, Zhang, Xiaofeng, Ou, Xunmin and Mallett, Alex (2011) UK-China collaborative study on low carbon technology transfer: final report. Project Report. SPRU, University of Sussex.

Watson, Jim, Byrne, Robert, Ockwell, David and Stua, Michele (2010) Low carbon technology transfer: lessons from India and China. Other. Sussex Energy Group, Brighton.

Further publications:

https://www.research.manchester.ac.uk/portal/en/researchers/maria-sharmina(eb8e689d-15db-49b7-a427-8ce99f1d4573)/publications.html

 

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