Helene Ahlborg’s research is about rural electrification in East Africa and societal transformation. She studies the co-development of technology and society and how provision of electricity services, based on small-scale renewable energy resources, impacts on people’s lives and transforms rural communities. But also, how the local context and especially social, economic and power relations between poor and rich, women and men, young and old, village and town, etc. influence the electrification process and impact on the long-term viability of the energy system. Her thesis has the title: "Walking along the lines of power” and presents a theoretical and empirical synthesis of her work over the past five years.So far, most of her empirical work has been carried out in Tanzania in case studies of small-scale electric production systems. Her background is in social environmental science. Theoretically her work builds on and contributes to debates in the fields of energy and development, rural development, innovation studies, science and technology, socionatures, feminist theory and power theory.Her current work is focused on local and global energy transitions towards more diverse and decentralized energy systems. Two themes are at the core of this work: power, politics and governance, and the energy system’s embedding in rural societies. Helene is currently a guest researcher at Sussex University and the Science and Policy Research Unit (SPRU), Brighton, UK. There she works with prof. Andy Stirling, Dr. David Ockwell and Dr. Rob Byrne.At Chalmers, Helene is funded by the Area of Advance Energy and promotes interdisciplinary work with the global Sustainable Development Goals with a focus on the global South. She is part of the interdisciplinary research group STEEP-RES (Socio-Technical-Ecological Evaluations of Potential Renewable Energy Systems) and she has close collaborations with Prof. Sverker Jagers and Dr. Frida Boräng, at Political Science, Göteborg University and Prof. Andrea Nightingale, Department of Urban and Rural Development, SLU, Uppsala (formerly Prof at School of Global Studies, Göteborg University).She recently spent five months as guest researcher in Mexico, at UNAM, Morelia campus, working with Prof. Omar Masera.The STEEP-RES group also collaborates with Wineaster Anderson, Business School, University of Dar es Salaam, and Prof. Cuthbert Kimambo, College of Engineering and Technology, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Helene teaches on a variety of development, energy and environment-related topics also outside of academia e.g. in the context of UNIDO-organized trainings.