Dr Richard Afriyie Oduro


Richard Afriyie Oduro is a Research Fellow at the University of Leeds, who is jointly appointed by the School of Earth and Environment (SEE), and the School of Chemical and Process Engineering (SCAPE). Richard is working on the policy and society work package of the Supergen Energy Networks Hub’s project on Multi-Vector Energy Networks (MVEN). In this role, he employs qualitative and quantitative tools for techno-economic and socio-economic analyses to assess policy and societal implications of various systems within the MVEN framework. Ultimately, he is to contribute to the design or creation of a flexible policy package to deal with long-term energy networks’ challenges.

Prior to joining Leeds, Richard undertook a collaborative doctoral research with the Centre for Environment and Sustainability (CES) and Surrey Energy Economics Centre (SEEC), both at the University of Surrey, Guildford, UK. He worked on the Theory, Application and Policy of Efficiency Regulation where he reviewed and improved on efficiency measuring techniques and also modelled cost efficiencies of Electricity Distribution Network in West Africa. To impact energy policy, he investigated the drivers of inefficiencies from both a technical and a political economy perspective using the Ghana case of electricity distribution.  During this period, he wrote proposals and worked on three projects (Solar cookers, Bottling of Biogas and UK Productivity Analyses) that were funded by GCRF and ESRC. Regarding student education, Richard is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and has taught undergraduate modules including Introductory Economics, Principles of Macroeconomics and Contemporary Issues in Economics at the Surrey School of Economics (2015 and 2016 academic years).

Richard has also worked previously with Bank of Africa Ghana Limited as a Corporate Banker and as Credit Risk Analyst in charge of Energy Trade Finance, and Energy Project Finance.

Richard graduated with a BSc in Natural Resources Management in 2004 from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana), an MSc in International Finance from University of Salford, Manchester, UK (2007) and subsequently gained both an MSc. in Energy Economics & Policy (2013) and a PhD in Energy Economics (2018) from the University of Surrey.


  • Research Fellow - Policy and Society Theme of Supergen Energy Networks Hub

Research interests

His research interest includes Productivity and Efficiency Modelling, Energy Demand Modelling, Energy Regulation, Energy Policy, Energy Finance, Political Economy and Sustainable Energy Business Models.

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Professional memberships

  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy (HEA)-UK
  • Member of British Institute of Energy Economics (BIEE))
  • Member of International Association of Energy Economics (IAEE)
  • Member of Energy Institute-UK

Research groups and institutes

  • Energy and Climate Change Mitigation
  • Economics and Policy for Sustainability
  • Sustainability Research Institute