Chigozie Nweke-Eze

Chigozie Nweke-Eze

Research Associate

Chigozie Nweke-Eze joined the IASS as Research Associate in August 2021. His research focuses on the governance, geographies and political economy of energy systems development and transition, with special focus on Africa and the Global South. Prior to joining the IASS, he was a Research Associate at the Institute of Geography, University of Bonn, where he was part of the Future Rural Africa collaborative research center (CRC228). He studied Development Economics and International Studies at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, and is currently finishing his doctoral studies in Geography at the University of Bonn with his dissertation on the economic geographies of large-scale renewable energies development in Kenya. In addition to his position at the IASS, Chigozie Nweke-Eze also serves as Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of the Economies of Africa (CSEA) in Abuja, Nigeria and at the Energy for Growth Hub in Washington D.C.

  • Since 2021: Research Associate, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)
  • Since 2020: Research Fellow, Energy for Growth Hub, Washington D.C
  • Since 2020: Research Fellow, Centre for the Studies of the Economies of Africa (CSEA), Abuja, Nigeria
  • Since 2018: Doctoral candidate in Geography, University of Bonn.
  • 2018-2021: Research Associate, Institute of Geography, University of Bonn.
  • 2016-2018: Research and Consultancy, including for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and Adidas AG
  • 2014-2017: M.A. Development Economics and International Studies, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg.
  • 2012-2014: Academic research and teachings in Nigeria
  • 2008-2012: B.Sc. Economics, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria.
  • Geopolitical economy of energy transition
  • International cooperation for energy development
  • Energy financing, governance and infrastructures
  • Global South and Africa

Publications at the IASS

Publications prior to joining the IASS

  • Nweke-Eze, C. (2021): Nigeria's Electrification Roadmap: After two Years, where does it stand? Policy Brief. Washington D.C: Energy for Growth Hub.
  • Nweke-Eze, C., Kioko, E.M. (2021): 'But we cannot do it all': Investors' sustainability tensions and strategic selectivity in the development of geothermal energy in Kenya. In: Leal Filho W. et al, (eds): Sustainable Development in Africa. World Sustainability Series. Springer: Cham, 385-404.
  • Nweke-Eze, C. (2021): What will Cost- and Service-Reflective Tariffs mean for the Nigerian Electricity Sector? Policy Brief. Washington D.C: Energy for Growth Hub.
  • Nweke-Eze, C. (2021): What could the Mambilla Dam do for Nigeria? Policy Brief. Washington D.C: Energy for Growth Hub.
  • Nweke-Eze, C. (2020): Neoliberal Reforms in Sub-Saharan Africa's electricity sector: implementation, experiences and impacts. In: Osabuohien, E. et al. (eds): Handbook of Research on Institution Development for Sustainable and Inclusive Economic Growth in Africa. IGI Global 24: 410-430. DOI: 10.4018 / 978-1-7998-4817-2.ch024
  • Anyokwu, E., Nweke-Eze, C. (2020): Institutional Settings, Renewable Energy Development and Forest Cover Changes in Sub-Saharan Africa. In: Osabuohien, E. et al. (eds): Handbook of Research on Institution Development for Sustainable and Inclusive Economic Growth in Africa. IGI Global 4: 39-67. DOI: 10.4018 / 978-1-7998-4817-2.ch004
  • Nweke-Eze, C. (2020): The political economy of energy transition in Africa: The case of Ghana and South Africa. Energy Review 2 (4), 7-9. Exclusive-Interview-with-Dr.-Ashutosh-Misra-on-Post-Covid-World-Order-in-Energy-Review-April-2020-1.pdf (
  • Klagge, B., Greiner, C., Greven, D., Nweke-Eze, C. (2020): Cross-scale Linkages of Centralized Electricity Generation: Geothermal Development and Investor-Community Relations in Kenya's Semi-arid North. Politics and Governance 8 (3), 211-222. DOI: 10.17645/pag.v8i3.2981
  • Klagge, B., Nweke-Eze, C. (2020): Financing large-scale renewable-energy projects in Kenya: investor types, international connections, and financialization. Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography 102 (1), 61-83. DOI: 10.1080/04353684.2020.1729662
  • 2021: Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) - How will the Implementation of the World's Largest Economic Zone Impact African Energy Sectors? Panelist: 14th German-African Energy Forum, Hamburg.
  • 2021: Afrika als Zukunftswerkstatt - Energieversorgung, Wassernutzung, Entwicklungskorridore und Naturschutz. Mittwochs im Geographishes Insitute der Universitäts Bonn.
  • 2021: Governance of large-scale renewable energy projects in Kenya: Cross-scale linkages, conflicting futures and sustainability dilemmas. Energy and Society Conference, University of Trento, Italy.
  • 2020: The Nigerian renewable energy market: opportunities and challenges. Panelist: Innovation in Environment & Energy & Circular Economy, Bayern Innovativ, Nürnberg.
  • 2020: Arrangements and Impacts of large-scale geothermal energy development in Kenya. CRC228 Future Rural Africa Jour-fixe, Bonn.
  • 2020: Infrastructures of large-scale infrastructure projects in the Global South: The case of geothermal projects in Kenya. Colloquium on the Infrastructure Turn and Global Development, University of Sheffield, UK.
  • 2020: Voluntary programs for air pollution mitigation, renewable energy technology adoption and industrial competitiveness in Nigeria. AHK WACEE, Lagos, Nigeria
  • 2020: Renewable energy as a pillar to the circular economy in Nigeria: opportunities for upscale during and post COVID-19 era. Panelist: AHK Insight Nigeria Series, Lagos, Nigeria.
  • 2020: The widening of the electricity sector in Sub-Saharan Africa: processes, structural transformations and implications. NEST conference 2020, Zurich, Switzerland.
  • 2019: Climate-mitigation finance instruments as risk-ameliorating tools in renewable energy projects. The case of geothermal energy in Kenya. Financial Geography Workshop, Gelsenkirchen.
  • 2019: Ancillary infrastructures and their socio-economic implications. The case of geothermal energy projects in Kenya - German Congress for Geography (DKG), Kiel.
  • 2019: Financialization of renewable energies? The example of geothermal and wind energy development in Kenya - 8th Nordic Geographers Meeting 2019, Trondheim, Norway.
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) scholarship for doctoral studies (2018-2021).
  • ECREEE/Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) Research Grant on youth leadership in energy (2020-2021).
  • Bavarian state scholarship for best performing international students (2017).
  • Distinguished delegate at the FAU Model United Nations, United Nations Headquarters, New York (2015-2016).
  • 3rd prize in the GIZ-organized "Zwischen Hörsaal und Projekt (HuP)" competition, Berlin, Germany (2015).