Full First Name(s)
Title (honorific)
Academic Qualifications
PhD (2013, University of East Anglia); MSc (2004, School of Oriental and African Studies); MA (1996, University of Edinburgh)
Brief Biography (English)

Lucy Baker is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Sussex and affiliated to the DST/NRF/Newton Fund Trilateral Research Chair in Transformative Innovation, the 4th Industrial Revolution and Sustainable Development in the College of Business and Economics at the University of Johannesburg (UJ).  She is a human geographer with empirical and theoretical expertise in development studies, political economy, economic geography and transitions to sustainability. Her three main areas of research can be summarised as: i) ownership, finance and renewable energy; ii) governing electricity in a time of technological disruption; and iii) technological capabilities and global production networks in renewable energy. Her country specialism is on South Africa and she has worked in various countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America throughout her professional and academic career. Prior to joining academia she worked with non-governmental organisations for over a decade, as policy and networking officer at the Bretton Woods Project, leading research and campaigns on the socio-economic and environmental impacts of development finance in low and middle-income countries; for Amnesty International as a human rights campaigner; and as a communications officer for Oxfam. She completed her PhD in “The political economy of socio-technical transitions in South Africa’s electricity sector” in 2012 at the University of East Anglia, UK. She holds an MSc in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and an MA in Spanish and French from the University of Edinburgh. A native speaker of English, she speaks and writes Spanish, Portuguese and French to a high level. She is associate editor of the geography journal Geoforum.

Job Title
Senior Research Fellow
Primary Organisation
University of Sussex
African Country
Other (non-African)
African Region
Other (non-African)

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