External Advisory Board

The External Scientific and Societal Advisory Board is an independent body consisting of selected experts and stakeholders who are not partners in the PARTICIPIA project, but who are willing to advise the Project Management Team and the Master Module Coordinators. The principal tasks of the Advisory Board Members are to provide key information related to their area of expertise; to build bridges between the project team and stakeholders and local organizations; and to advise on the content and presentation of selected Master modules. 


Richard J. Aspinall

Richard Aspinall is Honorary Research Fellow at the James Hutton Institute and Honorary Professor, School of Geosciences, University of Aberdeen, UK. Previously he was Chief Executive and Director of the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute, Aberdeen, UK. His research is in land systems, sustainability science, environmental change, and the use of interdisciplinary approaches for analysis of coupled human-environment systems. His methodological expertise is in GIS, remote sensing, and spatial statistics and analysis. He has held posts in both the UK and USA, and was also involved in the scientific direction and management of the Global Land Project from 2005-2011. He is Editor of the Journal of Land Use Science. 

Kjellrun Hiis Hauge

Kjellrun Hiis Hauge has been employed as an associate professor in mathematics education since autumn 2014 at the Faculty of Education, Bergen University College, Norway. Her main research interests lie within critical mathematics education and inquiry based teaching and learning to promote critical citizenship. Her recent work has been on merging ideas and uncertainty topologies from post-normal science with critical mathematics education. Hauge worked as a researcher at the Institute of Marine Research from 1994 until 2013, where she focused on science for policy, in particular on interdisciplinary research on uncertainty in science-based advice for environmental policy making.

Setshedi Harambe Ntsowe

Mr. Setshedi Ntsowe currently works as Principal Energy Engineer in Renewables in the Department of Energy of the Botswana Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources (MMEWR), Gaborone, where he evaluates the performance of existing energy programs and provides guidance on the development of new programmes for sustainable use of energy resources. He holds a BEng (Hons) degree in Energy and Environmental Engineering from Napier University (Edinburgh, Scotland). Previously, he worked for Botswana Technology Centre [(B)TEC] as a Researcher in Systems Engineering and Renewable Energy, focusing on design development and testing of new products, procedures and systems; contributing to the documentation of research, design, development work and testing procedures; and managing and coordinating research and project development in renewable energy and systems engineering.

Marcus R. Rother

Marcus Rother is currently an executive advisor to various international bodies and corporations in the renewable energy sector. He is based in Cape Town, South Africa, where he formerly headed the Africa office of California-based SunPower Corp as Managing Director. Holding a PhD in Technology Policy from Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (Spain), and a MSc in Physical Engineering from RWTH Aachen (Germany), his research and advisory focus is on Solar Energy Deployment in Developing and Emerging Countries, institutional frameworks and technology trends, off-grid and micro-grid applications and utility power plant solar technology. He is currently a guest lecturer at Stellenbosch University as well as an associate of South African PV Association. Former teaching assignments included University of California at Berkeley and Universidad Autonoma de Madrid.

M. Tunde Oladiran

Tunde Oladiran is Head of the Department of Mechanical & Energy Engineering and Interim Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programmes and Entrepreneurships at Botswana International University of Science and Technology. He received his MSc and PhD in Mechanical Engineering (specializing in Applied Energy) from the Cranfield Institute of Technology, Bedfordshire, England. His research areas are energy management, energy conservation and renewable energy resources. He has more than 30 years’ experience in academia and industry and is also passionate about engineering education.

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