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Miss Stephanie Hirmer


Stephanie Hirmer

Research Student

Academic Division: Civil Engineering

Research group: Sustainable Development

Telephone: +44 1223 7 48216


Research interests

Stephanie Hirmer [BEng, MPhil] has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (2010) from the University of Warwick and has completed the Centre’s MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development (anticipated graduation July 2013).  She joined the Centre in January 2013 to commence her research on the effectiveness of aid in rural electrification projects in East Africa.  As part of this, Stephanie’s research focuses on the needs and desires of host communities and factors that influence ownership.

Prior to coming to Cambridge Stephanie worked as a consultant for the German Development Agency in Uganda and Germany.  During this time, Stephanie designed and implemented community-run hydropower schemes and worked on an up-scaling strategy for pico-hydropower.  She also worked on projects to facilitate the sustainable distribution of solar lanterns.  Stephanie is a winner of the McKinsey Innovate 2012 competition. The team of four developed a business model to help subsistence farmers in Mexico to increase produce and reach the market using local technologies.

Stephanie’s research is funded by an EPSRC Doctoral Training Award.

Strategic themes

Energy, transport and urban infrastructure

Development of a conceptual framework for the sustainable implementation of rural electrification schemes focusing on the project stages along the development work cycle.