Paul Bertheau

M.Sc. Global Change Management (University for Sustainable Development Eberswalde)

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Ph.D candidate


Paul has been awarded a scholarship by Reiner Lemoine-Stiftung in January 2017, the working title of his dissertation is “Transformation processes for realizing sustainable energy supply on the Philippines – an interdisciplinary analysis of success factors“. Paul’s research is dedicated to contributing to successful rural electrification in developing countries

Paul joined RLI in 2012 when he wrote his master’s thesis on applying renewable energy in remote regions. He initially focused on geographic methods and simulation tools for assessing the potential for hybridization of diesel-powered energy systems with renewable energy. As a researcher in the Off-Grid Systems team at RLI, he shifted his focus to developing and applying planning tools for rural electrification and deriving policy implications from these tools and the generated research results.

Paul has headed several research projects, among others market potential studies for renewable energy on islands and feasibility studies for specific renewable technologies and renewable energy projects. In this context, he has worked with partners from the public and private sector and gained practical work experience in the following countries: Algeria, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Philippines, and South Africa.

From 2011 to 2012, he has worked for the German Environmental Authority and the private sector and gained experiences in designing, monitoring, and implementing climate protection projects (UNFCCC-CDM mechanism) in emerging and developing countries (Kenya, Lesotho, Nigeria, Rwanda).

Paul holds an international master’s degree in Global Change Management (University for Sustainable Development Eberswalde). As one of the best students, he received a BMBF scholarship. Due to his study topics, his particular interests and competencies are focused on transformation processes towards a more sustainable energy supply system.