Zakia Soomauroo

M.Sc. Industrial and Network Economics (TU Berlin)

+49 (0)30 1208 434 46

Guest Researcher


Zakia Soomauroo started her PhD research in January 2018 in a cooperation between the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and the Reiner Lemoine Institute. Zakia has been awarded a PhD scholarship by the Reiner Lemoine Institute. The title of her dissertation is “Decarbonization of Small Island Developing States through the Transport Sector”. Her research is broadly concerned with the dimensions of socio-technical transitions, the mobility of people, and climate change, with a focus on urban environments and small islands. In particular, she looks at how infrastructure investments and policies can be most effectively implemented in order to achieve the global sustainable development goals. She is also a member of the Off-Grid Systems team where she combines her research with practical applications in small-island states.

Zakia holds an undergraduate degree in Law and Economics from Touro College, SUNY and a graduate degree in Industrial and Network Economics from the TU Berlin. Prior to her doctoral studies, Zakia spent four years at the VDI/VDE-IT in Berlin with a focus on the technical and legislative governance of the electric mobility roll out at a Pan-European level.