Anna Cain

PhD Candidate
College of Engineering and Computer Science

Anna is a PhD Candidate with the School of Engineering. Anna’s PhD research focuses on the role of energy in supporting and improving quality of life. She is interested in framing of energy access targets and policies and how this framing translates to intended human development outcomes. She is exploring approaches to energy access that reflect community-articulated priorities while balancing positive and negative impacts of energy systems.

Anna has over 10 years’ experience working in renewable energy and community development in Australia and the Asia Pacific region. She has held roles with Australian and international renewable energy companies and NGOs such as Engineers Without Borders Australia and Energy Lab Cambodia. Her experience includes dispatching wind farms into the Australia’s electricity markets, developing renewable and battery energy projects, securing ARENA grants for large-scale renewable energy deployment, supporting communities to engage in energy efficiency and generation projects and capability strengthening and advocacy towards the development of Cambodia’s renewable energy sector.  She is committed to shaping engineering and renewable energy sectors to serve the needs of society in a just and inclusive way. She has held industry leadership roles including as Chair of the Clean Energy Council’s Utility Solar Directorate and Policy and Advocacy Committee member, founded UNSW’s WIRE – Women in Renewable Energy and ran Engineers Without Borders Australia’s school outreach program which engages approximately 20,000 school students engineering workshops each year. 

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