School of Social and Political Science

Dr Adolfo Mejía-Montero

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Lecturer in Energy, Society and Sustainability

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Chisholm House

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High School Yards

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United Kingdom

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Research interests

Research interests

  • Energy justice
  • Sustainable energy systems and low-carbon transitions
  • Renewable energy development in Latin America and indigenous territories
  • Energy resilience and vulnerability
  • Interdisciplinary research
  • Mixed methods


Native to Tepotzotlan, Mexico, Adolfo is an interdisciplinary academic interested in researching and teaching topics related to energy systems, low-carbon transitions and renewable energy technologies.

Adolfo is a Lecturer in Energy, Society and Sustainability at the School of Social and Political Sciences (Science, Technology and Innovation Studies). He holds a bachelor's in physics from the Autonomous National University of Mexico (UNAM) and an MSc in sustainable energy systems from the University of Edinburgh School of Engineering. He completed his PhD at the University of Edinburgh by studying utility-scale wind power development in southern Mexico through a social science approach and the conceptual lenses of energy justice. Previous to his current role, Adolfo worked as a research fellow at the University of Birmingham, supporting the Energy Solidarity in Latin America (ESLatinA) project and as a teaching fellow for the University of Edinburgh, developing and organising MSc courses on "Energy Systems and Technologies" and "Energy and Climate Change". Adolfo also has experience leading and participating in different interdisciplinary research projects and as an energy consultant in distributed solar power in Mexico and community renewables in Chile and the UK.

As a physicist who transitioned towards social sciences, Adolfo has a strong interest in interdisciplinary research and mixed methods, a combination he believes to be particularly well suited to unearth the complexities of the topics existing in energy research. Therefore, he is always interested in talking to people from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplinary fields interested in exploring the issues related to energy systems.

In his free time, Adolfo enjoys spending time with his beloved ones, travelling to different countries, hiking, reading (history and sci-fi), and practising sports (especially boxing).

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Mejia-Montero A, Jenkins KEH, van der Horst D, Lane M. An intersectional approach to energy justice: Individual and collective concerns around wind power on Zapotec land. Energy Research & Social Science. 2023 Mar 8;98:1-15. 103015. doi: 10.1016/j.erss.2023.103015
Mejia-Montero A, Leon-Rodriguez NR, Lorenzo-Yera B, Diaz-Florian D, Thomson H, Robles-Bonilla T et al. Energy transitions in Latin America through the lens of vulnerability and resilience: Insights from Colombia, Cuba and Mexico. In Araújo K, editor, Routledge Handbook of Energy Transitions. 1st ed. London: Routledge. 2022. (Routledge Environment and Sustainability Handbooks). doi: 10.4324/9781003183020-12
Soriano-Hernández P, Mejía-Montero A, van der Horst D. Characterisation of energy poverty in Mexico using energy justice and econophysics. Energy for sustainable development. 2022 Dec;71:200-211. Epub 2022 Oct 1. doi: 10.1016/j.esd.2022.09.005
Hsu A, Logan K, Qadir M, Booysen MJ, Montero AM, Tong K et al. Opportunities and barriers to net-zero cities. One Earth. 2022 Jul 15;5(7):739-744. doi: 10.1016/j.oneear.2022.06.013
Cruz May E, El Mekaoui A, Livas-Garcia A, Mejía-montero A, Bassam A. Towards the liberalization of the energy market: Structural changes and implementation challenges of the 2013 Mexican energy reform insights in the energy nexus. Energy nexus: water, food and power. 2022 Mar 16;5:1-11. 100045. doi: 10.1016/
Bray R, Mejía Montero A, Ford R. Skills deployment for a ‘just’ net zero energy transition. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions. 2022 Mar;42:395-410. Epub 2022 Feb 10. doi: 10.1016/j.eist.2022.02.002
Mejia-Montero A, Jenkins K. Justice in low-carbon transitions: Energy justice, just transitions and utility-scale wind power in Oaxaca, Mexico. In Frauke U, Nordensvärd J, editors, Handbook on Climate Change and Technology. Edward Elgar Publishing. 2022
Mejia-Montero A, Jenkins K. Whole-systems energy justice. In Bouzarovski S, Fuller S, Reames TG, editors, Handbook on Energy Justice. Edward Elgar Publishing. 2022. (Elgar Handbooks in Energy, the Environment and Climate Change).
van der Horst D, Grant R, Mejia-Montero A, Garneviciene A. Energy justice and social acceptance of renewable energy projects in the Global South. In Batel S, Rudolph D, editors, A critical approach to the social acceptance of renewable energy infrastructures: Going beyond green growth and sustainability. 1st ed. Palgrave Macmillan. 2021. p. 217-234 doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-73699-6_12
Mejia-Montero A, Lane M, van Der Horst D, Jenkins KEH. Grounding the energy justice lifecycle framework: An exploration of utility-scale wind power in Oaxaca, Mexico. Energy Research & Social Science. 2021 May;75:102017. Epub 2021 Mar 17. doi: 10.1016/j.erss.2021.102017