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Mr Peter Thomas

Mr Peter Thomas

Mr Peter Thomas

Assistant Teacher

School of Geographical Sciences,
University Road, Bristol BS8 1SS
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My current research is investigating whether the energy needs and priorities of refugee communities in Rwanda are being accurately considered and to evaluate the appropriateness of renewable energy interventions and market-based delivery mechanisms made as part of the £10m Renewable Energy for Refugees Programme.

The research is funded by an EPSRC DTP scholarship and draws on a range of theories including those from engineering, the social sciences and anthropology.


I’m a doctoral researcher interested in access to energy in humanitarian relief.

Prior to joining the University of Bristol, I completed an MSc in Sustainability and Adaptation at the Centre for Alternative Technology and a BSc in Climate Change and Energy Management at the University of the West of England, Bristol.

I have also spent several years in industry, primarily working in the renewable energy and low-emissions transport fields. I have been involved in over 200 microgeneration projects and the development of utility-scale renewable energy projects in the UK, Europe and North America. I have also spent time working on rural electrification projects in Kenya with Engineers Without Borders UK.


  • Humanitarian energy
  • Energy access
  • Energy systems

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