Andrea Valente is Assistant Professor in International Relations and Strategy at the Institute of Social and Political Studies, University of Lisbon. She is also a researcher at Instituto do Oriente, and the executive secretary of the School of Political and Strategic Studies within the University of Lisbon.
Andrea received her a PhD degree from the School of Oriental Studies, University of London. She has been specializing in Southeast Asia since she was an undergraduate student, and she has had the opportunity to conduct field work in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore.
Also, she has been teaching courses on China and Asia-Pacific and, more recently, on globalization, development, and the China-Africa relationship.
Her research interests evolve around energy security, policy-making, and resource nationalism.
Towards Low Carbon Economies in Southeast Asia? The Prospects for Emerging and Disruptive Technologies in Electricity in Indonesia and Thailand
ASEAN and ASEAN members face formidable energy security challenges in a changing energy landscape. Southeast Asia represents one of the most dynamic parts of the global energy system, with an energy demand that has grown by 60% over the past 15 years. On the other hand, it is considered to be among the most vulnerable regions to the effects of climate change. Indeed, ASEAN countries have travelled a long way, and many are taking concerted steps, both individually and collectively, to address energy security and environmental concerns. However, as many point out, although the efforts to balance economic growth and environmental sustainability are growing, they are often overshadowed or hindered by other concerns. Against this background this project intends to shed light on the sustainability dimension of energy security in the Southeast Asian context. More broadly this project will assess the dynamics of the transition to a low carbon economy by focusing on the policy-making process in the electricity sector in two key countries, namely Indonesia and Thailand. The project will narrow its ambit to concentrate on if, and how, technology – both emerging and/ or disruptive - impacts on the policy-making process and the prospects of successfully upgrading to low(er) carbon scenarios.