Helene Ahlborg

Doktor at Department of Energy and Environment, Environmental Systems Analysis

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 post-doc project is focused on local and global energy transitions towards more diverse and decentralized energy systems. Three themes are at the core of this work: governance, economic change and the energy system’s embedding in rural societies. Helene belongs to 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).The STEEP-RES group also collaborates with Prof. Annika Rickne, at the unit Sustainability and Industrial Dynamics, KTH, Sweden, Prof. 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.

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Projects

2012–2014

Good governing of rural electrification processes in Eastern Africa – The importance of formal and informal institutions

Sverker Molander Department of Energy and Environment, Environmental Systems Analysis
Helene Ahlborg Department of Energy and Environment, Environmental Systems Analysis
SIDA

2012–2015

Providing Renewable Energy Technologies to Productive Use for Rural Electrification (STEEP-RES II)

Sverker Molander Department of Energy and Environment, Environmental Systems Analysis
Helene Ahlborg Department of Energy and Environment, Environmental Systems Analysis
Linus Hammar Department of Energy and Environment, Environmental Systems Analysis
Jimmy Ehnberg Department of Energy and Environment, Electric Power Engineering
Erik Ahlgren Department of Energy and Environment, Energy Technology
Joseph Maskaraa Ngowi Department of Energy and Environment, Energy Technology
Formas

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Publications

2016

Powering institutions – credibility, enforcement and legitimacy

Frida Boräng, Helene Ahlborg,
Conference paper. Quality of Government (QoG) Conference, 26-29 January 2016, Nice, France
Conference paper - non peer reviewed
2016

Flexible distribution design in microgrids for dynamic power demand in low-income communities

Jimmy Ehnberg, Helene Ahlborg, Elias Hartvigsson et al
IEEE PES PowerAfrica Conference, Livingstone, ZAMBIA, JUN 28-JUL 03, 2016 , p. 179-183
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2015

Theorizing power in political ecology: a case study of rural electrification and technology development in Tanzania

Helene Ahlborg, Andrea J. Nightingale,
Conference paper. Power in political ecology, Research Workshop, Bergen 26-27 November 2015
Conference paper - non peer reviewed
2015

Towards a conceptualization of power and micro-level politics in energy transitions

Helene Ahlborg,
International Sustainability Transitions Conference, 25.28 August 2015, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK
Conference paper - non peer reviewed
2015

Provision of electricity to African households: The importance of democracy and institutional quality

Helene Ahlborg, Frida Boräng, Sverker C. Jagers et al
Energy Policy. Vol. 87, p. 125-135
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2015

Small-scale hydropower in Africa: Socio-technical designs for renewable energy in Tanzanian villages

Helene Ahlborg, Martin Sjöstedt,
Energy Research and Social Science. Vol. 5, p. 20-33
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2014

Drivers and barriers to rural electrification in Tanzania and Mozambique - grid-extension, off-grid, and renewable energy technologies

Helene Ahlborg, Linus Hammar,
Renewable Energy. Vol. 61, p. 117-124
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2012

Mismatch Between Scales of Knowledge in Nepalese Forestry: Epistemology, Power, and Policy Implications

Helene Ahlborg, Andrea J. Nightingale,
Ecology & society. Vol. 17 (4)
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2011

Drivers and barriers to rural electrification in Tanzania and Mozambique – grid extension, off-grid and renewable energy sources

Helene Ahlborg, Linus Hammar,
World Renewable Energy Congress 2011 – Sweden, 8-11 May 2011, Linköping, Sweden . Vol. 10 (57), p. 2493-2500
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2011

Drivers and barriers to rural electrification in rural Tanzania and Mozambique – interaction between stakeholders

Helene Ahlborg, Linus Hammar,
Working paper: NESS 2011. Power landscapes – histories and futures. Theme: The power of power. June 14-16, 2011. Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
Conference paper - non peer reviewed
2011

Drivers and barriers to diffusion, implementation and management of renewable energy systems in rural Tanzania and Mozambique – interaction between stakeholders

Helene Ahlborg,
http://www.stockholmresilience.org/download/18.1af8fee012f95b1467880002363/ws12+Ahlborg.pdf
Conference paper - non peer reviewed
2010

Förnybara energikällors inverkan på de svenska miljömålen

Sverker Molander, Helene Ahlborg, Rickard Arvidsson et al
Report