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Centre of African Studies: People


Ivan Cuesta-Fernandez

Ivan Cuesta-Fernandez
Ivan Cuesta-Fernandez
Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
Research Interests
Political Geography, Territorial regimes of electricity, Regional Geography, Advocacy coalitions in sustainability transitions, Comparative Politics, Politics of infrastructure

Research Project

In this project I interrogate the political geographies of electrification in the peripheries of African states. In so doing, I intend to understand the political processes ('the politics of the kilowatts') that shape nascent sub-national regimes of electricity, as well as the poltical linkages between centre and periphery that coalesce over time and structure such regimes. In particular, I explore three processes: the politics of access, the politics of provision, and the attendant mediations performed by sub-national distribution utilities. To do so, I look at the cases of northern Ghana and southeastern Tanzania since the early 1990s and 2000s, respectively.

The project kicked off in September 2012 and is set to be completed by late 2017. Fieldwork was carried out in Ghana in 2013, and in Tanzania in 2014.


Prof. Dr. Paul Nugent

Prof. Dr. Thomas Molony

Latest publications

(full academic curriculum here)

I also publish short research-inspired pieces onto my blog: Electric Territorialities

Academic Qualifications

MA in Politics and Democracy, Spanish Distance Learning University, Spain (2011)

MSc in Power Generation: Renewables, Public University of Navarre (2008)

MA in Development and International Cooperation, Instituto Hegoa, University of the Basque Country (2005)

Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Engineering, Technical University of Valencia (2001)