- Ivan Cuesta-Fernandez
- Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
- Research Interests
- Political Geography: electricity, railways & ports, Comparative sub-national politics
Kilowatts, megawatts and power: Electric territorialities of the state in the peripheries of Ghana and Tanzania
In this project I interrogate the political geographies of electrification in the peripheries of African democracies. My aim is to understand the political processes ('the politics of the kilowatts') that shape nascent sub-national regimes of electricity, as well as the political linkages between centre and periphery that structure and are structured by those regimes. In particular, I explore three intertwinning 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 starting from the early 1990s and 2000s, respectively.
My research kicked off in September 2012 and the attendant PhD thesis was submitted in October 2017. I carried out fieldwork in Ghana in 2013, and in Tanzania in 2014 and 2015.
Prof. Dr. Paul Nugent
Prof. Dr. Thomas Molony
- Hönke, Jana, Ivan Cuesta-Fernandez. 2018. "Mobilising security and logistics through an African port: A controversies approach to infrastructure." Mobilities.
- Hönke, Jana, Ivan Cuesta-Fernandez. 2017. "A topolographical approach to infrastructure: Political topography, topology and the port of Dar es Salaam." Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 35(6): 1076-95.
- Belda-Miquel, Sergio, Alejandra Boni, Ivan Cuesta-Fernandez, Jordi Peris. 2016. "Are rights-based approaches helping (re)politicise development NGOs? Exploring the Spanish case." International Development Planning Review 38(2): 135-57.
- Cuesta-Fernandez, Ivan. 2015. “Mammoth dams, lean neighbors: assessing the bid to turn Ethiopia into East Africa´s powerhouse.” In A New Scramble for Africa? The Rush for Energy Resources, ed. Soren Schölvin. Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 93-110.
- Cuesta-Fernandez, Ivan. 2014. “¿Por qué Etiopía puede permitirse exportar electricidad (y Ghana no)?” Economía Exterior (67): 113-119.
- Peris-Blanes, Jordi, Sergio Belda-Miquel, and Ivan Cuesta-Fernandez. 2013. "Educating development professionals for reflective and transformative agency: insights from a master degree in Spain." In Human Development and Capabilities: Re-Imagining the University of the 21st Century, eds. Melanie Walker and Alejandra Boni-Aristizábal. Abindgon: Routledge, 192-203.
I also publish short research-inspired pieces onto my blog: Electric Territorialities
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)