The Royal Academy of Engineering has awarded a grant of £20,000 under the Frontiers of Engineering Seed Funding Tranche 4to a group of researchers including Dr. Victor Odumuyiwa of the University of Lagos, to carry out a research focusing on Blackout Chasing in Nigeria.

The project activities center on the design, and implementation, and analysis of a campaign to survey energy access among Lagos residents. The potential benefit of this work includes the discovery of energy access technology niches, input into the design of new regulatory structures that benefit both electricity customers and providers, and the creation of a robust, scalable approach to engaging populations on their energy access needs.Establishing a dataset, making an opportunity for broad hypothesis testing, and allowing exploratory collaboration are all activities within the framework of this project. A blanketed deployment of the Grid Watch mobile application and fixed point measurement systems hosted by both residents and users acquired will complement the direct survey approach.


The participants include:

  • Barry Gordon Rawn, Brunel University (Principal Investigator)
  • Anh Tran, Coventry University
  • AkintundeBabatunde, University of Leeds
  • MuyiwaOyinlola, De Montfort University
  • Leanne Townshend, University of Aberdeen
  • Victor Odumuyiwa, University of Lagos
  • Oliver Dzobo, University of Johannesburg
  • Prabal Dutta, University of California Berkeley
  • DénesCsala, Lancaster University