SOAS University of London

School of Finance and Management

Fadekunayo Adeniyi

BENG Hons (Plymouth); MSC (Dunelm)
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Fadekunayo Adeniyi
Fadekunayo Adeniyi
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Thesis title:
Understanding the Socio-Technical Barriers to Low-Carbon Transition on the Electricity Grid in Nigeria.
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Year of Entry: 2016
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Fadekunayo is currently a doctoral researcher at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London in England. Prior to this, he was a Project Development Associate on the Quaint Global Energy team which is developing one of the first wave of utility-scale (50-Megawatts) solar PV plants in Nigeria. He was also on the technical advisory team for North South Power’s 300-Megawatt solar PV project in Nigeria. His current research is focused on the political economy and industrial organisation of the energy market in Nigeria. He is also currently carrying out research on future energy scenarios for the Nigerian electricity Grid.

PhD Research

Whilst energy consumption and production must surge to increase economic growth in Nigeria, there are concerns tied to environmental sustainability and climate change. Environmental sustainability, inadequate energy supply, and falling prices of renewable energy (RE) technologies has given new interest in low-carbon transition on the grid in Nigeria. However, despite a series of industrial policies spanning over a decade to promote RE technologies on the grid in Nigeria, there is yet to be any deployment of RE plants on the grid.

The existing literature points to good governance and investment climate as the explanation and solution to this problem while they also recognise the importance of political actors in solving the problem. However, there is insufficient literature on the causal dynamics – that link the investment climate for firms; the governance in the bureaucracy; and the formal and informal political actors – which currently produce bad performance in the RE sector and the wider electricity sector. This research addresses the issue by combining political economy and industrial economic frameworks with special attention to the politics of industrial policy in the Nigerian energy sector.

This research seeks to understand the political and economic conditions that must emerge before industrial policy in the RE sector can be successful. The identification of socio-technical barriers to clean energy on the grid will provide insights that will help shape future policies in the sector. This research also puts forward a way in which performance in electricity sector and other sectors in Nigeria can be explained and improved. Finally, the socio-technical analysis of the current electricity sector’s performance will contribute to development and simulation of future energy scenarios on the grid in Nigeria. 


  • Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (CeDEP)



  • Energy modelling
  • Low-Carbon transitions
  • Political economy
  • Utility-scale renewable energy projects
  • Nigerian energy sector
  • Industrial organisation.