Lucy Baker


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Lucy Baker is a human geographer with empirical and theoretical expertise in development studies, political economy, economic geography and transitions to sustainability.  Her three main areas of research can be summarised as: i) ownership, finance and renewable energy ii) governing electricity in a time of technological disruption; and iii) technological capabilities and global production networks in renewable energy.

Her country specialism is on South Africa. She has worked in various countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America throughout her professional and academic career.

Prior to joining academia Lucy worked with non-governmental organisations: as policy and networking officer at the Bretton Woods Project; for Amnesty International as a human rights campaigner; and as a communications officer for Oxfam.

Lucy completed her PhD in ‘The political economy of socio-technical transitions in South Africa’s electricity sector’ in 2012, at the University of East Anglia, UK. She hold an MSc in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies and an MA in Spanish and French from the University of Edinburgh.

A native speaker of English, Lucy speaks and writes Spanish, French and Portuguese to a high level.

She is associate editor of the geography journal Geoforum.