- Ivan Cuesta-Fernandez
- African Studies School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
- Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
- Research Interests
- African politics, Sub-national regimes of electricity, Political Geography of infrastructure, Comparative Politics, Advocacy coalitions in sociotechnical transitions
Kilowatts, megawatts and power: political geographies of peripheral electrification in Ghana and Tanzania (working title)
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
- Hönke, Jana, Ivan Cuesta-Fernandez. Forthcoming. "A topolographical approach to infrastructure: Political topography, topology and the port of Dar es Salaam." Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.
- 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)